Practical Entrepreneurship (Certificate Program)

The Practical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program consists of five three-hour courses, in addition to GU100 (Student Success). During the program, students will select an actual business idea and complete a feasibility study/startup business plan for their business idea. The program is not the study of business but rather the application of business principles to the students’ business idea. Students should be prepared to accept some form of expense when developing their business entity and complying with registration and licensing requirements. By the end of the program, students will have completed the necessary work to open their own business.

Students enrolled in this certificate program are required to follow courses in the sequence set out for the program.

What will I learn?

This program provides a solid foundation on a variety of business principles – especially with an eye toward owning and managing your own business. One of the highlights of the program is the completion of a feasibility study based on your business idea.

What careers can I pursue with this certificate?

You could work for someone else in an entry-level administrative position – and this program will help you do that. But it’s really designed to help you complete the necessary groundwork toward opening your own business. You can also transfer your entrepreneurship certificate credit directly into an online business degree program with Grantham.

How long is this program?

At 18 credit hours, the online Practical Entrepreneurship Certificate program is designed to be completed in 8 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term.

How much will it cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are. Enroll today!

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Practical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program and Grantham's other accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities for students, or the enrollment process.

Practical Entrepreneurship (Certificate Program)

Practical Entrepreneurship Outcomes

After successfully completing your entrepreneurship classes, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the use of tools needed for an innovative organization to succeed in the real world
  • Perform strategic planning
  • List the marketing management functions, including constructing a marketing plan that builds customer relationships
  • Define a business market and identify the major factors that influence business and consumer buying behaviors
  • Define the new product development process and the product life cycle
  • Construct a financial, operational and business plan for the first three years of a startup organization
University Professional Outcomes

We prepare graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the Practical Entrepreneurship curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Practical Entrepreneurship (Certificate Program)

Grantham University’s 100% online entrepreneurship training coursework is designed to help you prepare for your next career.

Program Core Credits: 18
Total Credit Hours: 18
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: BUS101 Title: Introduction to Business Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts of business. Concepts, principles and operations of the private enterprise system are identified in this course. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations, and they learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Human resource management is described, as well as how employers can motivate their employees. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management and financial statements are also examined.
Course: ENT300 Title: Entrepreneurial Readiness Credits: 3
  This course will assist the student in assessing their desire to become an entrepreneur, assist the student in formulating a business opportunity and assist the student in completing a feasibility study. At the end of the course the student will be asked to determine whether they believe they have the knowledge, skills, abilities and resources to continue on in their journey to become an entrepreneur.
Course: ENT310 Title: Entrepreneurial Marketing & Operations Credits: 3
  This course will assist the student in completing a marketing plan and an operation's plan including market research and regulations impacting the small business owner. At the end of this course, the student will have the completed marketing plan and operation plan to insert into their final business plan covering the processes, procedures and policies to move forward.
Course: ENT340 Title: Entrepreneurial Finance Credits: 3
  In this course, students learn the basics of accounting and financing for the entrepreneur and how they may guide informed decision making. Topics covered include how numbers are entered in the accounting system and how the system produces important financial reports. The course explains the importance of, and how to interpret, the standard set of financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement, the statement of cash flows and the statement of owner's equity. Finally, the course discusses start-up and growth financing.
Course: ENT451 Title: Entrepreneurial Business Planning Credits: 3
  This course will assist the student in gathering their materials together and completing a full comprehensive business plan. At the end of the course the student will be asked what their next steps will be should they wish to pursue opening up a business.