Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship – (12 hours) This certificate is available on campus.

Contact Information

Phone: 217/206-6712


The purpose of this certificate is to provide students, small business owners and managers of organizations with knowledge about starting up new businesses and the creation and discovery of opportunities. Students will study the field of entrepreneurship, small business management, issues related to family businesses as well as the financing needs of entrepreneurs.

Upon successful completion of this certificate program a student will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an integrated understanding of business functional areas such as accounting, finance, marketing and management.
  2. Be able to appreciate the unique role of entrepreneurship in the business world and also develop entrepreneurial thinking as a distinct approach towards identifying and acting on entrepreneurial opportunities.
  3. Be able to understand the distinctive characteristics of managing a small business, growth of a small business, family business succession and nurturing entrepreneurship beyond the first generation.
  4. Be able to analyze the financing needs and choice of financing for new ventures beginning from the start-up stage to IPO stage.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet campus requirements for admission to graduate study.  Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements with a grade of B (3.0) or better.

Required Courses

  • BUS 501 Business Perspectives    3 Hrs.
  • MGT 550 Entrepreneurship           3 Hrs.
  • MGT 555 Small Business Management & Family Business    3 Hrs.
  • MGT 556 Entrepreneurial Finance 3 Hrs.

Tentative Schedule of Courses

  • BUS 501—Business Perspectives (Tentatively offered in Fall and Spring.)
  • MGT 550—Entrepreneurship Prerequisite:  BUS 501 (Tentatively offered in Spring.)
  • MGT 555—Small Business & Family Business Mgmt Prerequisite:  BUS 501 (Tentatively offered in Summer.)
  • MGT 556—Entrepreneurial Finance Prerequisite:  BUS 501 (Tentatively offered in Fall.)