Marquette University today approved the creation of a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, which will be offered through the Graduate School of Management starting in fall 2009. I'm really pleased with this step forward. It provides an opportunity for a broad audience interested in entrepreneurship. It also allows students in the program to combine entrepreneurial studies with advanced thinking in their own area of interest. It's application-practitioner based and, i think, will be in high demand.
Here's the official announcement:
“The program will instill entrepreneurial thinking across campus in many disciplines with the aim of providing students with the skills needed to create a business — innovation, entrepreneurship and business acumen developed within a context of social responsibility,” said Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration.
Applicants will be required to have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution that fits Marquette’s standards of admission to a graduate business degree program. Students are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. Candidates must also write a letter of intent.
Certificate students will take 15-16 hours of coursework at Marquette, including three core entrepreneurship courses and two elective courses in a professional area such as business or engineering. Students must also complete a business plan. It is expected that most students will participate in the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual Business Plan Competition.