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 and 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 startup stage to IPO stage.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Admission to the entrepreneurship certificate is granted by the department faculty on the basis of an evaluation of an applicant’s complete file. Admission is limited by enrollment capacity. Students who have already been admitted into a UIS graduate degree program will automatically be admitted into the certificate program upon receipt of the Change of Curriculum form. Applicants who are not currently admitted into a UIS graduate degree program must provide the following:

  1. A graduate non-degree seeking applicant (with the certificate designated);

  2. Official undergraduate transcripts; and

  3. A 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA or better, or substantial experience and responsibility in the field related to the area of study, as documented by a current resume.

Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Required Courses

MGT 550 Entrepreneurship 3
MGT 555 Small Business and Family Business Management 3
MGT 556 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
Total Hours 9