The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Entrepreneurship emphasizes the analysis, decision-making, and business planning necessary to help make your mark on the latest trends and techniques in the business world. You will explore disciplines such as marketing, finance, operations and strategy, and be encouraged to develop your skills in building businesses, investing, raising capital and evaluating risk.
Basis of Admissions
A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program.
Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.
Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates
Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Business and Technology Management are eight weeks in length.
Innovation - the Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur
This is the initial course in the entrepreneurship specialization and serves as the prerequisite for all future courses within the specialization. Prior to the start of this course, it is recommended that students enter the course with a well thought out product or service venture. Students will explore many facets of the potential venture to include new venture feasibility, an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), and identification of potential investors to determine if the new venture is needed within the marketplace.
Strategic Market Assessments
In this course, students will learn how to identify and analyze the various governmental, business and political challenges and opportunities that exist when operating within emerging national and international markets. The roles of history and tradition are also explored in light of their potential impact on various emerging market economies. The course will require the student to delve into advanced exploration of current topics, marketing of innovations and early stage technologies, the entrepreneurial dimensions of market research and analysis, intellectual property protection and management, and other potential new market plan related topics.
New Venture Formation
The formation of a new venture is an evolutionary process which requires research, analysis, assessment, and reevaluation of a new product or service in a competitive environment. Students will assess various leadership styles and how the styles might enhance venture performance. Students will examine the many business models available and determine how the models may possibly be incorporated into the new venture plan. A cursory analysis of personnel to define needs for skill types and sets will also be performed. Students will evaluate funding and financing options as well as market strategies based on an initial competitive analysis of the marketplace. At the conclusion of the course, students will have completed steps to solidify and clarify their new venture plan through research and analysis.
Sustainable Business Practices
The goal of this course is to explore how the product or service will be effectively integrated into business activities to ensure that the venture is viable and sustainable in the marketplace. Depending on the product or service, students will have to identify any sustainability issues and evaluate if the process required for supporting the product or service is truly sustainable. Future success will depend on the overall sustainability of the venture processes that will support the new product or service. The course will also require students to examine social responsibility and the impact the new product or service may have on the environment, both today and in the future.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Business and Technology Management's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:
- Per credit cost: $743
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,229
- Program cost: $8,916
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
- Registration Fee: $0
*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.
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