Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Students from any college, discipline or major* are able to earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship by taking a combination of courses offered by the Center through the College of Business, the Russ College, the Voinovich School, and other participating colleges.

Imagine the possibilities: earn your major, earn your certificate, graduate with real-world experience, and perhaps even start your own company!

To apply for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship, please fill out the online application cob.ohio.edu/ENTCertificateApp.

The process to apply and sign up for the Certificate program are as follow:

  1. Apply via the link above (this does not mean you are in the program). It is compiling demographic information we need.
  2. Set up a meeting with Dr. Luke Pittaway. Email ce@ohio.edu to do this.
  3. Email your DARS and Resume to ce@ohio.edu
  4. Fill out the Add/change of major forms found in the Center office (401).


Course Descriptions

Core Classes (must take MGT 3700)

  • MGT 3740 Ideation and Business Models: This course is for entrepreneurs building the courage to create, and risk making mistakes in their quests for true innovations in products, services or processes. Creativity is the central focus, which might be defined as applying your mental ability and curiosity to discover something new, the act of relating previously unrelated things. More specifically, we focus on capitalist creativity. This means that we must apply a Business Model framework to your creativity.


  • MGT 3550 Creativity and Creation Management: Examination of the role of creativity and innovation in business with a particular focus on the management of the innovation process. Students will explore personal creativity, management practices that enhance or suppress creativity, the relationship between creativity and innovation, and the process of innovation in a business setting.


  • MGT 3700 Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Learn about the opportunities and challenges of creating and managing a new venture. Emphasis is on how to manage a new venture and operate it profitably. Topics examined will include conducting internal company and external environmental analyses, developing effective marketing and cash flow strategies, securing financing, and managing new venture operations as well as franchising opportunities, family business issues, innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, and ethical decision-making.

Elective Core (Choose One)

  • MGT 3730 Entrepreneurial Business Consulting: Work as consultants with a real business! Conduct background research, analyze the client’s current situation and context, and make recommendations on how to address a defined business problem. (Requisites:  ACCT 3770 or MGT 3700)
  • MGT 3735 Entrepreneurship in Practice: Students will work in the Bobcat Hatchery in an action-based learning environment to create and implement innovative entrepreneurial solutions to real problems, by working towards creation of either start-ups or social ventures.

Electives (Choose two, must be junior standing)

College of Business


  • BUSL 3780 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship: Designed for students who want to start, join, or invest in a start-up or new business at any time during their career, this course will have you developing an understanding of basic law issues encountered by early stage companies. You will also discuss how intellectual property can be used as part of a company’s overall strategy to create or protect a market for products and services.
  • ECON 3050 Managerial Economics: Analysis of decision-making in enterprise; market environment; measurement of influence of policy and nonpolicy variables on sales and costs; sales, cost, and profit forecasting; and empirical studies of market structure and pricing.
  • ECON 3410 International Monetary Systems: How exchange rates are determined, fixed vs. flexible rates, government intervention, fiscal and monetary policy in open economy, transmission of inflation and unemployment among nations, international capital movements, covered interest arbitrage, forward exchange, Euro-currency markets.
  • ECON 3600 Money and Banking: Role of money and banking system in determination of national income and output.
  • ECON 4150 Regional Analysis: Regional economic issues and the role for regional economic policy.
  • FIN 4520 Entrepreneurial Finance: Apply basic financial management techniques to small business environment (100 or fewer employees). Find problems faced by persons who start small businesses and recommend alternative solutions to most commonly discovered problems.
  • MGT 3300 Human Resource Management: Survey of human resource management practices in areas of human resource planning, recruitment, selection, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation, discipline, safety audits, and personnel research.
  • MGT 3400 Organizational Behavior: Examines the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations.
  • MGT 3450 Entrepreneurial Leadership: Learn the concepts and theories about leadership at the individual level and build and enhance your own leadership skills. (Requisites: MGT 3400)
  • MGT 3600 Introduction to International Business: An introductory course to the study of the special terms, concepts, and institutions associated with the environment in which multinational companies emerge, the nature and scope of their operations, and their economic, political and social impact.
  • MGT 3650 International Market Assessment and Entry: Examine concepts, frameworks and tools for assessing international market opportunities and for selecting and implementing appropriate means of international market entry.
  • MGT 3710 Business Plan Design: Provides students with an understanding of the elements and uses of a business plan. Students will build a business plan from the concept stage through a final document that could be presented to financial investors, venture capitalists or loan sources in starting up a new venture.
  • MGT 3720 Technology Commercialization: Find, evaluate, and develop raw technical ideas into commercially viable product concepts, and build those into business propositions. (Requisites: MGT 3700 and (Jr or Sr))
  • MKT 4900 Entrepreneurial Sales: Gain an understanding of the theory and process of negotiation and sales as they are practiced in entrepreneurial settings.

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

  • AVN 4800 Business in Aviation: This capstone is a study of business aviation operations, management and finance to include corporate, fractional, charter, Fixed Base Operator (FBO), and various aviation business models. Apply research methods to actual cases from business partners and function as aviation business consultants! The result will require a synthesis of ideas and suggested solutions presented to the business partners. (Requisites: AVN 3900 and (MGT 2000 or MGT 2100) and Sr only)
  • AVN 4890 Transition to Aviation Industry: Discuss improving communication and networking skills while increasing your knowledge of the area of focus in the aviation industry you are most interested in. Learn skills in resume writing, interviewing, goal setting, report writing, presentation skills, public relations, and professional responsibilities.
  • CE 4170 Construction Planning and Scheduling: Learn techniques and applications of all aspects of the construction scheduling process; including background on scheduling construction projects, development of work breakdown structures, and transition to element of the construction project schedule; linear scheduling methods for heavy construction, use of real-world examples in civil engineering, and applications using Primavera Project Planner! (Requisites: CE 2160)
  • CE 4190 Project Development, Contracts, and Law: You’ll be provided with the fundamentals of construction law and contracts, including types of construction contracts, contract changes, claim, liability, and dispute resolution, aspects of construction administration including project funding, project cash flow, accounting systems, depreciation, and analysis of financial statements. (Requisites: CE 2160)
  • CE 4910 Senior Design- Land Development: In this advanced applied engineering course, you’ll utilize multiple fundamental civil engineering courses as applied to land development. (Requisites: CE 3420 and 3610 and Sr only)
  • CE 4911 Senior Design– Environmental/Water Resources: Another advanced applied engineering course. You’ll apply combinations of water/wastewater treatment and hydraulics/hydrology to society’s needs. (Requisites: CE 4500 or concurrent and Sr only)
  • CE 4912 Senior Design– Structures and Foundations: This civil engineering design elective will have you integrating fundamental civil engineering courses for foundation and structural design, analysis, and drawing. (Requisites: CE 3700 and (4320 or 4330) and Sr)
  • CHE 4300 Chemical Engineering Process Design I: Preliminary design of a chemical process. Process synthesis, computer flowsheeting, layout, safety, and economics. Involves trips to various chemical plants. Also involves the assessment of skills from explicit and implicit prerequisite courses. Particular emphasis on Hazard and operability analysis of chemical processes and the subsequent safe operation criteria. (Requisites: CHE 3600 and 3700)
  • CHE 4310 Chemical Engineering Process Design II: Continuation of 4300. Preliminary design of a chemical process. Process synthesis, computer flowsheeting, layout, safety, and economics. Also involves the assessment of skills from explicit and implicit prerequisite courses. (Requisites: CHE 4200 and 4300)
  • CHE 4941 Intercollegiate Engineering Design Competition: Individual or small group participation, under faculty guidance, in regional or national student design competitions. A maximum of two credit hours may be applied toward Chemical Engineering graduation requirements. (Requisites: Permission required)
  • Pitch2CS 4560 Software Design and Development I: You will learn all major phases of the software engineering lifecycle, including system engineering, requirements analysis, design, implementation and testing. Teams of students perform all software engineering phases in response to the needs of a customer. This is a great opportunity to develop communication skills relevant to working in software engineering teams and interacting with customers. (Requisites: CS 3560 and (CS 3610 or CS 361 and (CS 320 or EE 352) and Sr only)
  • CS 4561 Software Design and Development II: A continuation of CS 4560. (Requisites: CS 4560)
  • EE 4953 Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design I: Examine systems approach to problem solving, engineering ethics, economic analysis, and the elements of scheduling and planning. You will develop a major design team project emphasizing problem definition and specification and have your preliminary design reviewed. (Requisites: 33 Hours in EE)
  • EE 4963 Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design II: This is a continuation of the team design project begun in EE 4953 with an emphasis on construction, pre-testing, and redesign. Ultimately you’ll undertake final design assembly, testing, and analysis of outcomes. Critical design and formal design reviews will be conducted on your project. This course will expose you to a variety of career options, and it will develop skills necessary for a successful engineering career.
  • ETM 4620 Operations & Production Capstone: This is the capstone experience for Engineering Technology and Management majors. You will work in a team to design and produce a product in a “volume” manufacturing setting. The course includes all aspects of production including product design and documentation, vendor selection and procurement, tool design and build, process design an documentation, quality systems planning and implementation, lean concepts, and much more. (Requisites: ETM 3010, 3510, advance standing in the department and senior status)
  • ETM 3630 Quality Management Systems: In this course you will learn to analyze products from their quality aspects, understand the impact of quality on costs, sales, reputation, liability, and more. Process capability, statistical process control, gage capability and quality management systems are also key content in this course. (Requisites: ETM 2080, 2180, advance standing in h4e department, ISE 3040 or MATH 2500, Tier I English Composition and junior or senior status)
  • ISE 4190 Senior Capstone Design I: Develop and utilize network techniques, such as PERT and CPM, to schedule activities, develop financial budgets, allocate resources, and control progress and costs of practical projects. Use a computer program that can generate project schedules. You will, under the co-direction of an industry mentor and a faculty member, be able to work as a member of a team and integrate and synthesize industrial engineering tools and skills to solve a problem. The first phase is to identify the design methodology and schedule for the project. (Requisites: ET 3300 and ISE 3340 and ENG 3XXXJ and Sr only and WARNING: No credit for both this course and the following (always deduct credit for first course taken): ISE 4490)
  • ISE 4191 Senior Capstone Design II: The second phase of the team project (begun in ISE 4190) is to continue the methodology and conclude the analysis, oral and written report. (Requisites: ISE 4120 and 4130 and 4140 and 4190 and Sr only)
  • ME 4701 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design I: This course is the first of a two course sequence that will provide a comprehensive, capstone, senior design experience for mechanical engineering majors. You will study the analytical techniques of design, as well as the design, construction, and evaluation of the performance of an actual engineering system. (Requisites: ME 3510 and 3700 concurrent; ME 4701 and 4702 must be taken consecutively.)
  • ME 4702 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design II: Continuation of ME 4701 and must be taken in the semester following the successful completion of ME 4701. This course completes the two-course sequence. (Requisites: ME 4701 and Sr only)

Scripps College of Communication

  • COMS 3500 Introduction to Organizational Communication: Analysis of traditional and contemporary theories of communication in context of modern complex organizations (government, industry, education, etc.).
  • COMS 4050 Meeting and Conference Planning: Theoretical and methodological approaches to principles of group and conference leadership. Emphasis on leadership methods and skills as they apply to group and conference situations.
  • ITS2010 Understanding Internet Technology: A survey of the technologies that make the internet useful. Most visibly, this includes the World Wide Web, email, file transfer, and packet telephony. At the network level, this includes layered protocols, packet switching, LANs, WANs, routing, TCP/IP. Security issues: worms, viruses, and spyware will be discussed.
  • JOUR 1010 Future of Media: An introduction to the role, function and future of mass media and strategic communication.
  • IMG_5089JOUR 3750 Advertising Media Planning and Buying: Strategy, techniques, and problems of planning and buying media. Learning use of syndicated sources of media information.
  • JOUR 4180 Online News Development/Entrepreneurism: A problem-solving approach to creation and management of interactive features; evaluating effectiveness of websites; and strategies and problems of site development.
  • JOUR 4300 Magazine Editing and Production: Theory and techniques of magazine editing and production, including analysis of magazine industry and of specific magazines and audiences they serve. Editorial objectives and formulas, issue planning, article selection, layout, illustration, typography, printing, and distribution.
  • JOUR 4810 News Media Management: Leadership, finance, and planning skills required to manage the business side of a media firm. Attention will be given to the various systems used to produce a finished product.
  • MDIA 2011 The Business of Media: Provides an intensive overview of how business is conducted in the media industries. Examine the fundamental relationships between art and commerce in the media industries; structure of media companies; strategies media companies use to attract audiences/buyers; the various ways media evaluate their products, and ethical issues that impact current media practices.
  • MDIA 2100 Entertainment Media Law and Finance: Present an overview of the financial and legal aspects of managing the creation, promotion, sales, and distribution of entertainment content. Become familiar with industry economic structures as well as standard financial and legal documents and practices.
  • MDIA 3100 Media Management: Survey and explore media management and leadership models, including the foundational knowledge and characteristics necessary to be exemplary media leaders. Through readings, class discussion, case studies, and conversations with professional leaders, explore decision-making; leading the workforce; motivation; managing innovation; ethics; marketing and promotion; budgeting; and information management.
  • MDIA 3102 Media Content Management: The goals and processes used by media businesses to develop, evaluate, distribute, schedule, promote, and market media content to various audiences.
  • MDIA 3306 The Business of Selling Music: Examines closely the business practices of the recording industry, past and present. Discussed are recording contracts, record deals, business structures, and roles within the industry. Also examined are methods of marketing and distribution of musical products.
  • MDIA 3307 Music Publishing and Licensing: Concentrates on the commercial, legal and cultural aspects of music publishing and performance issues as they relate to media production.

Voinovich School

  • LPA 4590 Measuring Outcomes in Public and Nonprofit Organizations: This course focuses on the skills needed to develop and implement an outcome system within a public or nonprofit organization.
  • LPA 4680 Nonprofit Fundraising: An introduction to the tradition of philanthropy and fundraising in the United States. Examines practical, moral, and legal issues involving fund development and the fundraising profession. Provides students with an opportunity to apply fundraising techniques and practices to enhance the financial commitment of individuals, corporations, foundations, and government to “real-life” development projects.
  • LPA 4710 Social Entrepreneurship: Social entrepreneurship, a rapidly growing sector locally, nationally, and globally, entails the pursuit of innovative approaches to creating and delivering public value by solving persistent social problems. This course is designed to expose students to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of social entrepreneurship in institutional, organizational, and social domains.
  • LPA 4810 Public Private Partnerships: In much of the country, public and private actions develop business and physical infrastructure, provide needed services and contribute to other physical and intellectual attributes that constitute communities. This course examines the intermingling of public and private roles and responsibilities and the potential consequences for the business, social, economic and physical development of communities that reflect the inevitable negotiation of public interest oversight and entrepreneurial risk in cross-sectoral partnerships. This course will function as a public private partnership with faculty and students engaging business and public leaders to build and analyze partnerships for the future.
  • LPA 4890 Nonprofit Management: An introduction to the nonprofit sector and its role in society, the economy, and the delivery of human services. Includes an overview of principle management functions as each applies to nonprofit organizations.

College of Fine Arts

  • AH 4920 – Service Learning in Art History: Gives students the opportunities to make meaningful connections between art historical research and public service. Students engage in field experiences such as working in museums, collaborative public art projects and providing art historical instruction in institutional settings such as schools, hospitals, or non-profit organizations.
  • ART 3100 – Museum Fundamentals I: Provides an overview of the purpose, function, and history of museums and their role in society, and introduces best practices and contemporary issues in museums.
  • ART 3660 – Professional Practices in Interior Design: Investigation and application of business procedures, types of business, insurance, liabilities, contractual agreements, and the support materials needed to operate a professional design practice.
  • ART 3900 – Studio Art Topics: Addresses topical/thematic approaches to art-making emphasizing single and multi- (and/or inter-) disciplinarity. Students will research and address topical or media specific concerns via studio and scholarly approaches.
  • ART 4900 – Studio Art Topics: Addresses topical/thematic approaches to art-making emphasizing single and multi- (and/or inter-) disciplinarity in a manner that focuses on advanced explorations and self-directed research. Students will research and address topical or media specific concerns via studio and scholarly approaches.
  • ART 4920 – Service Learning in the Visual Arts: Gives students opportunities to make meaningful connections between artistic and design practice and service.
  • ART 4990 – Art in Your Life: Designed to provide an alternative approach to the thinking and making of art.
  • DANC 4800 – Senior Capstone: Prepares students for the field of dance and related careers. Skills in writing, networking, and oral presentation, as well as the ability to access available resources, are refined.
  • DANC 4910 – Dance Internship: Provides credit for internship experience in which some dance majors may participate. Internship allows individual to gain actual experience in field of dance and related areas, e.g., apprentice/performing, technical production, and arts administration.
  • DANC 3405 – Dance Pedagogy: Principles of teaching dance and their practical application for children and adults. Focus is on what “pedagogy” means and how it differs from curriculum and lesson planning. Includes lecture, discussion, and observation of studio dance classes in several different genres.
  • DANC 4904 – Senior Capstone: Special topics relating to the choreography, technique, production elements, pedagogy of dance, dance science and somatics, or aesthetics of historical or contemporary dance forms.
  • FILM 3910 – Film Internship: 
  • FILM 4440 – Media Arts Management: Administration, fiscal management, marketing/promotion and media arts programming as applicable to arts management and nonart situations involving similar office/fiscal activities.
  • FILM 4910 – Internship: Participation by seniors in an official or formal program to provide practical experience in different aspects of the film profession.
  • MUS 4830 – Music Therapy Principles and Techniques III: Program development process for selected clinical populations; administration of music therapy program.
  • MUS 4920 – Practicum in Music Therapy (3 times): Selected field experience in approved clinical facilities; field evaluation of student.
  • MUS 4940 – Junior Recital: Public performance of repertoire representative of a variety of historical and stylistic periods.
  • MUS 4941 – Senior Recital: Public performance of repertoire representative of a variety of historical and stylistic periods.
  • MUS 4950 – Senior Thesis: Independent research in music theory or music history, or major creative work in music composition, working toward a senior-level thesis or composition final project.
  • MUS 4951 – Senior Thesis III: Independent research in music theory or music history, or major creative work in music composition, completing a senior thesis.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • CAS 4410 – Seminar in How Food Works in the Community: The seminar will comprise a broad set of issues connected to food security, production, processing, marketing, distribution, consumption, composting, food choices, and food culture.
  • CAS 4911- Internship in How Food Works in the Community: Students work with local organizations on a broad set of issues connected to food security, production, processing, marketing, distribution, consumption, composting, food choices, and food culture.

Patton College of Education

  • REC 3050- Planning and Operating Recreation Areas and Facilities: Provides knowledge and understanding about planning and operating recreation areas and facilities.
  • REC 3100- Recreation Programming: Concepts and fundamentals of recreation and program planning.
  • REC 3550- Principles of Ecotourism: Introduce students to both theory and practical applications of concepts surrounding ecotourism and sustainable development.
  • RHT 3610- Hotel Operations: Addresses issues of managing various operating departments of a hotel including: front office, housekeeping, controller, human resources, sales and marketing, safety and security, and facility management
  • RHT 4400- Beverage Management: Managerial approach to beverage management in hotels, restaurants, and catering operations.

Multiple Colleges

  • THAR 4390- Creating the Realized Design/Main Stage Process: A detailed experiential examination of the process of participating in the creation of designs for the main stage and major commercial theater venues including Broadway, off Broadway and regional theaters.
  • THAR 4399- Design and Production Business: A specialized study of skills utilized in theatrical design and production as a business.
  • THAR 4910- Professional Theater Internship: Supervised internship experience with a professional production company.

*non-BBA students. BBA students should look to earn a Major in Entrepreneurship.