Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Be an Innovative Business Leader

The graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed for MBA candidates specializing in Entrepreneurship, graduate students enrolled in other programs with an interest in a business startup, or for professionals seeking a stand-alone certificate.  

Creativity, passion and resilience might be vital characteristics of entrepreneurs, but financial, marketing, and management skills provide the critical foundation for success.  Bringing a great business idea to life starts with a firm foundation of business knowledge.

UNI’s graduate certificate in entrepreneurship provides coursework in the skills critical to startup businesses, along with the coaching and mentoring resources of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. 

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Increase in Startups 

In 2020 the formation of new businesses reached its all-time high, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

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Doing Well, Doing Good

There is nothing more satisfying than pursuing your passions and making a living at the same time. Do both with a career in entrepreneurship. 

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Develop business skills

14 of the 17 skills required to succeed as an entrepreneur involve business knowledge, according to Entrepreneur (2015)

Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate Courses

Course curriculum for the Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate will guide you through the processes required to assess business opportunities, strategize and plan a new venture, create a business plan, and present a business pitch.  Students engage with local start-ups to develop skills in scaling a business, identifying growth opportunities, and developing a strategic plan.  Courses in enterprise-level aspects of accounting, finance and marketing management round out the coursework.

  • ENTR 5583 Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 5586 Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • FIN 6266 Financial Management and Markets
  • ACCT 6030 Managerial Accounting
  • Select one additional 5000 or 6000 level course from Marketing or from another department with program director approval.

Entrepreneurial Outcomes

Starting your own business might be your path, and we count many successful startups among graduates of our JPEC programs.  There are other equally exciting career paths for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset, the business skills to support a new venture, and experience in all aspects of taking a new product or service to market:

  • Remote Director of Operations
  • Program Coordinator
  • Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Sales Development Representative
  • Growth Marketing Manager
  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Outreach and Partnerships
  • Director of Professional Services
  • Product Manager