Undergraduate degree programs

Small business and entrepreneurship

Small business and entrepreneurship

Open to current business students, the W. P. Carey certificate in small business and entrepreneurship challenges you to pursue issues important to launching your own business, and working with small businesses or startup operations. Coursework covering small business, entrepreneurship, and business plan development complements experiential learning, through frequent interaction with successful founders and leaders of entrepreneurial ventures.

Small business and entrepreneurship courses

Students will take five courses (15 credit hours) to complete the W. P. Carey certificate in small business and entrepreneurship — including two required courses in entrepreneurship and business plan development, as well as three upper-division electives relevant to small business. Electives approved for this certificate span business disciplines, and may include courses such as:

  • Advertising Management
  • Applied Logistics Management
  • Collaborative Design Development
  • Consulting Projects
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship and Value Creation
  • Financial Cases and Modeling
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Quality Management
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Supply Management
  • Systems Design and Electronic Commerce
  • Taxes and Business Decisions
  • Venture Capital Experience
  • Web Design and Development
  • Women and Leadership in Business Today

Career opportunities

ASU is an entrepreneurial institution, with tons of dedicated resources and programs for student entrepreneurs. Beyond interaction with leading members of the entrepreneurial community — and the range of opportunities you can take advantage of through the W. P. Carey Center for Entrepreneurship — there are many ways to maximize the value of the skills, knowledge, and experience you’ll gain with this certificate:

  • Engage with students across ASU in collaborative workspaces and courses
  • Apply to accelerator programs like the Edson Student Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Discover internships and applied projects with leading entrepreneurs
  • Engage in meaningful innovation experiences through Changemaker Central
  • Explore structured workshops, seminars, and competitions for seed funding

How to enroll

The W. P. Carey certificate in small business and entrepreneurship is open to current W. P. Carey undergraduate students, with the exception of business students majoring in business entrepreneurship, or in management with an entrepreneurship concentration. Interested students may review detailed certificate requirements, and apply through W. P. Carey SOS to enroll in this program.

While non-business majors at ASU are not eligible for this program, the W. P. Carey School welcomes you to instead consider our certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation.