Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership


In today's business environment, marked by rapid technological change and increasing globalization, the skill sets traditionally associated with entrepreneurs have become a necessary part of the training for the managers and administrators of tomorrow. The entrepreneur's ability to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions, deal with risks, and aggressively exploit opportunities to either develop new businesses or effectively manage existing organizations must be enhanced to ensure a sustainable competitive advantage. The growing recognition of the importance of entrepreneurship education, its implications for the development for small and medium businesses and its relationship to developments in international business, has lead ETSU to develop a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Prospective students for the certificate will be individuals who have a desire to start their own business or who have new business development responsibilities within existing businesses, industry or the professional community.

The criteria for admission to the Entrepreneurial Leadership Graduate Certificate Program include:

  1. A baccalaureate degree, and
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Upon admission to the program, an individualized program of study is designed based upon evaluation of previous coursework and professional experience. A student may transfer up to nine (9) credit-hours of ETSU approved coursework into the certificate program. Coursework previously counted toward an earned degree or an earned certificate may not be transferred into the Entrepreneurial Leadership Graduate Certificate Program.

A student may simultaneously enroll in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Graduate Certificate Program and a specified degree program if he/she is duly admitted to both programs. Up to 18 credit-hours of coursework in the certificate program may be approved for transfer into the Master of Science in Technology degree program and up to nine credits can be transferred into the M.B.A. program. The proposed program requires completion of 18 semester hours of coursework.