Certificate of Entrepreneurship

The new certificate management system is now live!

You will use this system to register for the Entrepreneurship Certificate and track your progress through certificate completion. Registration is now available through the myKU Portal. You can access this system by logging in to your myKU portal and selecting the “Undergraduate Certificates” link under “Academics” in your myKU Portal. Note: this is for undergraduate students only, graduate students please see below for certificate application instructions.

The KU Center for Entrepreneurship offers a series of four courses designed to help you start, finance, plan and launch your own business in your major or favorite subject. Take just one course to learn the basics, or take all four and earn a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at KU. The first three courses are offered by the School of Business, and the fourth is taken through the student's school of origin, selected to provide an experiential application of the skills acquired in earlier courses. All four courses can be completed in just two semesters.

Required Courses

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.
Spring 2016: TR 2:30-3:45pm
Instructor: Meyer Jr, Wallace W
View Undergraduate Registrar Listing (ENTR 301)
View Graduate Registrar Listing (ENTR 701)
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.
Spring 2016: TR 1:00-2:15pm
Instructor: Bergeron, Lisa J
View Undergraduate Registrar Listing (ENTR 302)
View Graduate Registrar Listing (ENTR 702)
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.
Spring 2016: TR 9:30-10:45am
Instructor: Tritch, Charlotte Renee
View Undergraduate Registrar Listing (ENTR 303)
View Graduate Registrar Listing (ENTR 703)

Final Capstone Course (Choose One Option)

Option A (preferred)

Take the fourth course through your school of origin. Speak with your advisor to find a suitable course that the Center for Entrepreneurship can approve or choose from our list of pre-approved options.

Pre-approved course list
  • ABSC 606: Special Projects in Community
  • ADS 560: Topics in Design
  • ARCH 577: Marketing Architectural Services
  • COMS 496: Communication Studies Capstone
  • COMS 499: Directed Study in Communication Studies
  • COMS 530: Internship in Communication Studies
  • DANC 475: Career Preparation in the Arts
  • ECON 609: Sports Economics
  • ENVD 413: Portfolio & Professional Practice
  • EVRN 615: Capstone Project in Environmental Studies
  • ILLU 535: Promotion & Marketing Illustration
  • INDD 581: Senior Industrial Design Studio II
  • JOUR 507: Practicum in Journalism
  • JOUR 617: Multimedia Management and Leadership
  • JOUR 690: Media Innovation-Advanced Media
  • ME 760: Biomedical Product Development
  • MUS 586: Business of Music
  • PHMD 500: Photo Media Portfolio
  • PHPR 614: Pharmacy Management
  • PUAD 640: Public Service Practicum
  • VISC 520: Designing for Change
  • VISC 525: Senior Problems

Option B

ENTR 490: Social Entrepreneurship
Requires permission code. Email Charlotte Tritch - ctritch@ku.edu.
MW 11:00-12:15pm

Option C

Take an independent study course through the School of Business. Contact ctritch@ku.edu for more information.

Optional Course

ENTR 480: Management of Small Business
Requires permission code. Email Jana Fitchett - jfitchet@ku.edu.
Does not count towards certificate.

Additional Requirements

Business Plan

Each student must complete a business plan that builds upon what has been taught in the certificate courses. The completed plan should be uploaded to the myKU Portal no later than stop day of the student's graduating semester. Students should use the Business Plan Format template, found on the resources overiew page.

Apply for Certificate Graduation

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 to apply for graduation align with the University Registrar’s graduation application deadlines (i.e if graduating in Spring 2016, deadline to apply for the certificate graduation is March 1, 2016).

Grade Requirements

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.

For Graduate Students Only

Following the successful completion of all four courses and the business plan, graduate students must submit a Certificate application form to Charlotte Tritch via email (ctritch@ku.edu), in person (Capitol Federal Hall, 1030E) 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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