Rosemont College

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Many of us dream of starting our own business but don’t know where to begin. Others have tried but are daunted by the complexities and difficulties of the process. Rosemont College offers a 15-credit certificate program that equips you with the entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and background as well as a detailed business plan so that you will have the tools to make the business a reality when you complete the program. This fully online certificate program includes five courses that offer the key elements for entrepreneurial success. Through research case studies, hands-on activities, class discussions and practice, students will not only learn, but will produce what they need to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.


This entrepreneurship certificate provides a sound and advanced grounding in understanding the foundations of a sellable business idea by developing a business plan that peaks an interest from investors and provides you the insight on how to execute your plan. The program requires 15 credit hours of specific graduate-level MBA courses offered in an accelerated format. This program draws professionals from nonprofit, corporate and civic sectors. It is an especially attractive option for those seeking additional education in entrepreneurial skills but who are currently unable to commit to a full degree program. Students will increase their knowledge of the fundamental principles on how a successful business maintains a competitive advantage. In addition, the program encourages self-awareness as a leader, reflective professional practice and social responsibility.

Quality and Convenience

The certificate’s primary objective is to develop hands-on skills to help you start your own business. The program curriculum will continue to evolve in response to the changing roles and responsibilities confronting innovators that want to bring their ideas to the global marketplace. The certificate requires the completion of 15 credit hours (five courses). All courses will be offered in an accelerated seven-week format; the certificate can be completed within six to nine months.    

Required Courses

MBA 6700: Competing in a Global Market (3 credits)
Building on the Marketing Theory and Data Analysis courses, students examine the types of decisions that marketing managers make when developing foreign markets. Various economic, political and legal dimensions of the world will be related to the global marketplace. Special emphasis is placed on how business processes are conducted and how to develop global marketing strategies. (Prerequisites include Marketing Theory and Data Analysis.)

MBA 6620: Decision Making Methods (3 credits)
This course develops competence and judgmental skills in using quantitative models for planning and decision making. Emphasis is placed on recognizing situations where models can be used advantageously, when to work effectively with them and how to make good use of them once they have been developed. Topics include decision making under conditions of uncertainty; decision and risk analysis; forecasting, linear programming; modeling applications in marketing, manufacturing, finance; scheduling and project management methods. 

MBA 6631: Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
This course studies the accounting functions, principles and concepts underlying important financial reporting for entrepreneurs. Primary emphasis is placed on using financial reports to evaluate corporate performance and using accounting information for internal planning and control, cash flow and financial analysis.

MGT 6735: Business Plan I: Overview of the Entrepreneurial Adventure (3 credits)
This is Part 1 of two highly interactive classes that will guide students in building their own business plan. Important concepts such as recognizing opportunities and testing feasibility will be covered, along with planning in the following areas: management, the organization and the product or service. The Small Business Association, created to counsel small businesses, will be utilized to provide articles and templates. In addition, videos, integrated case studies and corporate examples will be used in the place of a required text.

MGT6740: Business Plan II: Marketing and Financial Planning (3 credits)
Students will apply the entrepreneurial concepts that they have learned throughout this course to create a detailed entrepreneurial business plan. The Small Business Association articles and templates will continue to be utilized to research and project the financial aspect of the business, including startup expenses, break-even analysis and cash flow.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Completed application for admission
  2. Submit an official college transcript from an accredited four-year college or university
  3. A two- to three-paragraph statement of purpose that explains how this certificate program will help your career

2013–2014 Tuition and Fees
$9,975 ($630 credit hour plus a $35 per credit hour general fee)

Books and Supplies
$750 (estimated only)

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