Stillman School of Business

entrepreneurial studies

What is the Graduate Certificate?

Stillman School graduate students who take four, three-credit courses that are part of the entrepreneurial studies program obtain the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies.The program is designed for:

  • Students enrolled in the Stillman School MBA degree program. The Certificate is obtained in addition to the student's concentration.
  • Students who wish to specialize in entrepreneurship.

Why is it important?

The skills and knowledge learned in the entrepreneurial studies program prepare students to start and run a business, or to work in a small business, including a family-run business.

Also important, many large corporations increasingly seek professionals with an “entrepreneurial mind set,” which enables them to be innovative and flexible in every business environment. So if you already work for a large corporation, the Certificate will provide you will important skills you can utilize to succeed in your present job.

What do you learn?

Students learn how to recognize a business opportunity, conduct feasibility studies to determine if a proposed venture can be profitable, write business plans, find sources of funding, consider legal and financial aspects of creating a business, and work in teams to transform ideas into reality.

Which courses count toward the Certificate?


Students are required to take at least two of the following courses:

(Course offerings change each semester)

BMGT 7540Entrepreneurship
BMGT 7544Growing A Small Business
BMGT 7565Innovation and Entrepreneurship
BMGT 7596Directed Research (Approval Needed)
BMGT 9342Social Entrepreneurship
BLAW 7331Franchising and Leasing
BLAW/BMGT 7410Law and Entrepreneurship

Students select one or two additional course from the following:

BMGT 7552China in a Global Economy
BMGT 7962Managerial Negotiating*
BLAW 7319Product Liability **
BMKT 7619Sales Management
BMKT 7620New Product Planning and Development*
BMKT 7623Retail Operations
BMGT 7945Seminar on Leadership*
BMGT 7950 or

BHRM 7950

Seminar in the Management of Change*
BMGT 7599Directed Research*
BMGT 9320Managing Knowledge Workers
BMGT 7536 or

BSPM 7536

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in Sport*
BMKT 7621 Marketing Channels and Logistics (Supply Chain Management)*
BMGT 7524 Doing Business in India

*BMBA 9114 Human Interaction and Market Orientation

** BMBA 9112 Financial Accounting and Legal Considerations

For information about any new courses that may qualify for the Certificate, please contact Susan Scherreik, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at

How do I apply for the Certificate?

Students interested in enrolling in the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies Program should contact Professor Susan Scherreik, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Students should contact their academic advisor as well to make sure that the student is fulfilling all the requirements in his or her academic concentration as the student pursues the Certificate.

Students who wish to obtain the Certificate without enrolling in the MBA program should contact Ms. Catherine Bianchi, Director of Graduate Admissions at

When the student has enrolled in the fourth and final course to complete Certificate requirements, the student should fill out the Certificate Application and deliver it to Professor Susan Scherreik, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at, Room 691 Jubilee Hall.Download Certificate Application »

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