Entrepreneurship Certificate

Worried about getting a job? How about learning how to CREATE jobs?

Charlene Wesler '14 (above), drew a business plan for her food cart idea during her first business class at PSU. By the time she graduated in 2014, her food cart added a second location, expanded into a catering business, and won an episode of Food Network's Food Cart Wars.

You are in the right place at the right time to learn entrepreneurial thinking. Oregon is ranked sixth in the nation for Entrepreneurship (Nebraska-Lincoln 2012), three Portland start ups were named on the Forbes 2013 list of the Most Promising Companies. Portland was also ranked fifth as a city of women entrepreneurs by NerdWallet, and for young entrepreneurs (under30CEO).

Start by taking MGMT 481, Entrepreneurship, offered spring term. It is one of four courses required for the Entrepreneurship Certificate for business undergrads. Or begin with any of the three core courses and the one additional course that best fits your interests, timelines and needs. Create, have fun, connect, inspire, and learn the steps to implementing your visions!

Required Courses:

  • MGMT 481 - Entrepreneurship (Spring)
  • MKTG 338U - Professional Selling (Summer, Fall, Winter)
  • FIN 310U - Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting (Winter)

Plus one of the following courses:

  • MGMT 409 - Practicum: Small Business Consulting
  • MGMT/MKTG/FIN 404 - Internship
  • MKTG 450 - Product Innovation & Management
  • MKTG 463 - Service Innovation
  • MGMT 410 - Development Creativity and Innovation in Business
  • ISQA 439/539 - Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • ISQA 454 - Supply and Logistics Negotiations
  • MGMT 428 - Team Processes
  • MGMT 445 - Organizational Design and Change 
  • RE 360 - Real Estate Finance I
  • USP 423 - Real Estate Development and Finance
  • Or a course not listed above from the Athletic & Outdoor, Social Innovation, the Business of Craft Brewing, or the Food Industry Management Certificate

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.

Entrepreneurship at PSU

Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club)

The E-Club brings together aspiring student entrepreneurs to network, pool resources, share ideas and explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems on campus and in Portland.

Impact Entrepreneurs

Impact Entrepreneurs unleashes the promise of business for social impact. Our programs build entrepreneurial, impact-focused leaders, and are open to undergraduates, graduate students, and community members. Programs include:

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ready to take your idea, project or business to the next level? Whether you’re a student, faculty or member of the Portland community, the PSU Center for Entrepreneurship can help. PSU has a thriving entrepreneurial community that fosters collaboration and innovation. See how you can be a part of it!

Business Outreach Program

The Business Outreach Program helps local small businesses, including emerging, minority and women-owned businesses achieve their potential while providing students with opportunities for community based learning. Since 1994 the Business Outreach Program efforts include:

  • Over 900 businesses supported
  • Over 1,650 students placed as consultants
  • One million dollars of student consulting services provided (based on $3,000 per project)
  • During the past year the BOP has served over 200 businesses.



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