Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship
“Keller not only provided me with knowledge, but with enduring relationships with faculty and fellow students. One of my classmates and I are now developing a business venture together.”
- Sandra Gaston, Keller Alumna
Graduate Entrepreneurship Certificate
If you're interested in starting or growing your own company, a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship can help give you the tools you need to achieve success. Taught by experienced business professionals and academic leaders, our entrepreneurship courses explore such topics as finance, business law, management and new product development. Our Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate is designed to provide the entrepreneurship education necessary to help you launch a business or develop a growing team.
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Graduate Certificate Availability
Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 80+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 80+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 24
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 8
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $1,400
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate Requirements
Total length of the graduate Entrepreneurship Certificate program varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could earn your Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship in as few as 16 months.
Total credit hours: 24
Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate Coursework
Our Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship coursework is designed so that you can earn the credentials and core competencies you need to move forward in your career. You can earn a standalone graduate certificate or you can transfer the qualifying credit hours toward earning a master's degree.
Click on a course name below for its full description.
Required certificate courses (24 credit hours)
- Entrepreneurship and New Ventures (ENTR510) - 3 credit hours
- This course provides an overview of entrepreneurship in the context of new ventures. Coursework examines identifying and assessing opportunities, as well as forming and managing a new venture through maturity and exit. Topics include the entrepreneurship process; idea generation; opportunity assessment and selection; business plan creation; differentiation; new venture equity financing; due diligence; management team characteristics; growth management; and liquidity and exit mechanisms. No prerequisite
- Venture Finance and Due Diligence (ENTR530) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines the process of positioning and selling a new venture to equity sources, including making internal preparations; identifying and communicating with venture firms; and evaluating and negotiating investment offers. Processes investors use to assess and determine opportunities and entrepreneurs in which they will invest are also examined. Prerequisite: ENTR510
- Entrepreneurial Marketing (ENTR550) - 3 credit hours
- This course covers the critical role of marketing in the success of a new venture. Coursework addresses opportunity screening, assessment and selection; market research, analysis, valuation and sizing; the value proposition and distinctive competence; segmentation, targeting and positioning; pricing; channels; sales management; communications; hiring; raising capital; and creating marketing plans to address various audiences. Prerequisite: ENTR510
- Startup and New Venture Planning (ENTR570) - 3 credit hours
- This applications-based course addresses in-depth planning for executing a start-up venture. Students work through the entrepreneurial process��?from research, planning and opportunity assessment; to team and company formation; to business model creation; to entrepreneurial finance and equity financing; to company development; to exit planning. Students also prepare a business plan and deliver an investor pitch. Prerequisite: ENTR530
- Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis (ACCT504) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces core accounting and finance concepts and tools needed by managers. Topics are presented from a user perspective and include transaction analysis; financial statement analysis and interpretation; financial ratio analysis; job-order costing; cost-volume-profit analysis; and operational, cash and capital budgeting. No prerequisite
- Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MGMT591) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines inter- and intrapersonal dynamics as they affect achievement of corporate goals. Topics include theories of organizational behavior concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organizational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team building and organizational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also emphasized. Students are provided with a solid foundation for examining organizational behavior in a systematic manner. No prerequisite
- Business Law: Strategic Considerations for Managers and Owners (MGMT597) - 3 credit hours
- This course presents legal concepts and tools useful to business managers. The legal process is presented as a mechanism managers can use to resolve conflict, infer guidelines for conduct and create bases for expectations. Topics include contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, agency agreements, partnerships and corporations. No prerequisite
- Strategic Management in a Global Environment (MGMT599) - 3 credit hours
- This course presents a structure for formulating and implementing long-range corporate plans in the context of broad strategic issues that affect the firm. Students refine environmental assessment skills, craft strategies and study global competitive issues to enhance their ability to think strategically and develop sustainable competitive advantages. Prerequisites: ACCT504 and either ENTR550 or MKTG522; or ACCT504 and permission from the appropriate academic administrator
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
What's the average total number of credit hours required for a program?
The total number of credit hours that you'll be required to take varies by program, and our courses average three-semester-credit hours. Our MBA program requires 16 courses, our Specialized Master's Degree Programs require 13 - 15 courses and our Graduate Certificates require 7 - 9 courses.
Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.
How many programs does Keller offer?
Keller offers a wide range of graduate degree programs — an MBA with 17 concentrations, 7 Specialized Master's Degree Programs and 13 Graduate Certificates — in important business fields from accounting and finances to information systems and human resources.