Certificate of Entrepreneurship

Certificate requirements have been updated

Please see below for revised requirements effective starting with May 2019 graduates.  Please note that the Certificate Mangement  System through the myKU portal is in the process of being updated to reflect these changes.  Contact Lisa Bergeron (lbergeron@ku.edu) with any questions.

Entrepreneurs think differently. They see opportunities others miss. Cultivate the skills to be an innovative problem solver who is constantly learning, resilient despite adversity, and able to rebound from failure. This mindset is critical to the success of any type of organization, at any stage of development.  With just three courses + a reflection you can earn a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. The program is open to all non-business students, both undergraduate and graduate. See below for our course offerings and program details. 



ENTR 301/701 Starting Your Own Business

Learn the entrepreneurial process - the approach successful entrepreneurs use to find a new business opportunity and determine its viability. Using videos, guest speakers, case studies and step-by-step presentations, the course provides a foundation to help you discover your entrepreneurial strengths, identify a solid new business opportunity and determine the resources necessary to bring that idea to market.

ENTR 302/702 Financing Your Own Business

This course introduces the fundamentals of accounting and finance to non-business students. To run a new business, you need to be able to keep score. We’ll teach you how to track your business growth, how to talk the language of business to your bankers and investors, and how to make smart financial decisions.

ENTR 303/703 Marketing Your Own Business

Understand how to plan an entrepreneurial marketing program, implement it and evaluate its performance. This includes market analysis, segmentation, the marketing mix (product, price, promotion and distribution) and marketing strategy, all within the constraints of a small new venture budget.




Register through the myKU Portal. You can access the certificate management system by logging in to your myKU Portal and selecting the “Undergraduate Certificates” link under “Academics”  to register and track your progress.


ENTR 301/701: Starting Your Own Business MW 11-12:15pm

ENTR 302/702: Financing Your Own Business TR 1-2:15pm

ENTR 303/703: Marketing Your Own Business MW 1-2:15pm

Note: All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher to count toward the certificate and an overall GPA of 2.2 or higher is required to earn the certificate.


Each student must complete a series of reflection questions that tie together the certificate coursework. The reflection prompts and submission details will be available soon through the myKU Portal, and are due by Stop Day of your graduating semester.


Undergraduate students are required to apply for graduation from the certificate through Enroll & Pay, just as you apply for graduation from your degree program. Deadlines align with the University Registrar’s graduation application deadlines (i.e. deadline for Fall graduation is Nov 1 and Spring graduation is March 1).


For Graduate Students Only

Following the successful completion of all three courses and the reflection questions, graduate students must submit a Certificate application form to Lisa Bergeron via email (lbergeron@ku.edu), in person (Capitol Federal Hall, 1030B) or via US mail to the address on the application. Once approved, the Certificate of Entrepreneurship will be mailed to the student's permanent address and the Certificate will be recorded on the student's transcript through the KU Registrar's Office.

Certificate Registration

Undergraduates, register through the myKU Portal.


Graduate students, refer to the "Additional Requirements" section below for certificate application instructions.

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