Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Ever thought about being part of something new?  Whether you’re interested in creating your own company, working for a startup, taking a greater role in an established company, or founding or being part of a non-profit, the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you become successful in these ventures.

Open to all graduate students from any discipline.

Witness Martin and Andrew Miles of Grox Industries at the Baylor New Venture Competition.

Witness Martin and Andrew Miles of Grox Industries at the Baylor New Venture Competition.

For the past decade, the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship program has been educating business and non-business students on the core aspects of entrepreneurship, providing them with the foundation they need to start successful commercial or non-commercial enterprises, create and promote new products and processes, engage in social entrepreneurship, and serve as leaders and thought generators in existing organizations.

Students who participate in the program do not view it as merely a school project; instead, they see it as preparation for life. 

The program is open to all graduate students from any discipline. The blending of students with science, engineering, medical, accounting, art, music, marketing, and legal backgrounds results in the formation of unique teams. These backgrounds and experiences allow the teams to leverage their expertise when generating ideas for a business or non-profit and competing in business plan competitions.

Requirement: You must be a degree-seeking University of Arkansas graduate student in good standing.

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To receive the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, students must complete 12 credit hours, including 9 required credit hours from the Walton College of Business and 3 elective credit hours as outlined in the graduate catalog. Students should meet with their degree program advisor to determine how certificate courses count towards their major M.S., M.A., or Ph.D. program.

Required Courses

MGMT 5213 Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs (Non-Business Students Only - Spring) 3
MGMT 5323 New Venture Development I (Fall) 3
MGMT 5313 Strategic Management for Entrepreneurs (Business Students Only - Spring) 3
MGMT 5413 New Venture Development II (Spring) 3

MBA with Entrepreneurship Concentration

The MBA program consists of concentrations in retail marketing, supply chain, finance, and entrepreneurship, and combines the unique strengths of the Walton College, our corporate partners, and our location in the interconnected business world of Northwest Arkansas. The Walton MBA is offered in two formats: a full-time program and an Executive MBA program for working professionals.

The Entrepreneurship Track of the Walton MBA is designed to teach students to identify and analyze opportunities, develop viable business models, and fund the startup process. The four-course sequence of this track is appropriate for students who want to start their own businesses, for those who want to be involved with new product development in larger organizations, and for those interested in analyzing investment opportunities.

In this track, you will partner with students from non-business disciplines to analyze growth, impact and profit potential of new venture opportunities. You will learn how to examine intellectual property, competition, and the allocation of human and financial resources. You will complete the track with a viable business plan in hand, for which you may seek funding through state, regional, and national business plan competitions.

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 Science Venture Studio Commercialization Fellowships

Science Venture Studio Fellowship

Launched in 2020, this fellowship program partners U of A seniors or graduate students (generally from a STEM field) with local startups receiving mentoring through Startup Junkie's Science Venture Studio. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend for 20 hours/week of work across one semester. They gain the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a technology startup preparing for major milestones, and receive mentoring through the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Applications are now closed but will open in early May for the Fall 2021 semester.