Entrepreneurship Certificate

You have the inspiration. Our entrepreneurship certificate provides the preparation.

Portland is one of the nation’s best cities for entrepreneurs—and Portland State University ranks among the best places to earn an undergraduate entrepreneurship certificate.

Offered by our nationally ranked School of Business, PSU’s entrepreneurship certificate equips you with the practical know-how to turn bright ideas into profitable enterprises. You’ll acquire a step-by-step education on how entrepreneurs bring businesses to life, from planning to launching to scaling. You’ll also develop leadership and organizational skills that will serve you throughout your career. 

You can earn the entrepreneurship certificate as a complement to an undergraduate business degree at PSU. This four-course program equips you with more than business expertise. You’ll also get encouragement, build self-confidence and make connections in one of America’s most entrepreneurial communities. 

Entrepreneurship Certificate: Why PSU?

  • Expert input. We have strong relationships with some of Portland’s most successful entrepreneurs, including many who graduated from PSU. You’ll get to interact with and learn from peers who were in your shoes not long ago—and made the leap into entrepreneurship.
  • Risk-taking spirit. PSU has made U.S. News & World Report’s “Most Innovative Universities” list every year since 2015. We support creative ideas and embrace new theories at every level, and we even have a dedicated Center for Entrepreneurship that supports initiatives generated by students, faculty and community members. If there’s such a thing as an “entrepreneur gene,” we’ve got it. 
  • Nuts-and-bolts knowledge. Contrary to the popular myth, it takes more than guts and vision to succeed as an entrepreneur. It also requires tangible skill and attention to detail. The entrepreneurship certificate provides instruction in how to write business plans, attract investment, acquire permits, allocate resources, craft sales messages and countless other behind-the-scenes tasks.
  • Inclusivity and responsibility. At PSU, entrepreneurship is for everyone—regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. As an urban campus with the most diverse student body in Oregon, we welcome all of our business students into our entrepreneurship program. And we show you how to do business in a manner that respects all cultures, sustains the environment and supports your community.

Entrepreneurship Certificate Highlights

  • Four straight years on U.S. News & World Report’s “Most Innovative Universities” list
  • One of fewer than 50 campuses worldwide to earn Changemaker designation from Ashoka U
  • Impact Entrepreneurs lets students explore social innovation and entrepreneurship via Elevating Impact Summit, Elevating Impact Lab other programs
  • Campus-wide Entrepreneurship Alliance lets aspiring student entrepreneurs network, pool resources, share ideas and explore entrepreneurial ecosystems on campus and in Portland
  • Support from on-campus Center for Entrepreneurship with mentoring, non-credit programming and events
  • Deep connections in the Portland business community

What Can I Do With an Entrepreneurship Certificate?

You don’t have to launch a business to benefit from the entrepreneurship certificate. The program nurtures leadership ability and organizational skills that have value in all kinds of settings. You can use the entrepreneurship certificate as a portal to career pathways such as:

  • Business management
  • Business development
  • Finance in private equity or venture funds
  • International development
  • Independent consulting
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Government administration

Entrepreneurship Certificate Curriculum

The entrepreneurship certificate consists of three required courses and an elective. Depending on your major, the entrepreneurship courses may also count toward fulfillment your degree. The required courses cover entrepreneurship fundamentals, selling and finance/accounting. Electives cover a wide array of subjects, including:

  • Supply and logistics
  • Negotiation
  • Team processes
  • Product innovation
  • Purchasing
  • Organizational design
  • Real estate

Undergraduate certificate programs are an additional sequence of coursework designed to further customize your business degree based on your interests or career goals. Our certificate programs are led by faculty who specialize in the certificate industry area, offering you additional access to resources and connections to industry. To learn more about adding a certificate to your degree, contact your academic advisor or the certificate program director.

Download the Entrepreneurship Certificate Sequence Sheet (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.