Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Classroom Program


6 months


14 Units

UCR Extension

Start a new business or reenergize your existing one. Spend six months learning the fundamentals of creating and sustaining a profitable business in today's global environment. Understand how to turn ideas into profit within a socially responsible framework. You will leave this program with a business plan in hand and the skills and confidence to make your dream a reality.

Designed For

This program is intended for both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to acquire the skills to start a new venture. Professionals from existing organizations that are interested in intrapreneurship or corporate social responsibility and globalization within their companies, can also benefit.

What You'll Learn

  • Best practices for developing a well-structured financial plan that will function as the backbone of your business.
  • Innovative skills and techniques to effectively manage business needs and client relationships.
  • Methods for being a successful leader and how to manage in a globally competitive environment.
  • Operational practices for understanding the global supply chain through import and export management.
  • How intrapreneurship functions within an organization.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

You can own your own business!

Positions are also an option, in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Business Consultant
  • Business Manager
  • Business Developer

Program Overview


12 Units


2 Units

“When your passion is learning, the journey is fun and intellectually rewarding.”

Sandra Fitz

Coachella Valley Water District
Joshua Tree, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • None

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

MGT X421

3 units

Explores the use of entrepreneurial skills to initiate innovative responses to business needs, and opportunities evident in culture. Understanding the necessity of relational skills is important to the success of any entrepreneurial endeavor, and will be understood from the perspective of the entrepreneur’s need to:

  • leverage new opportunities
  • explore innovative approaches
  • mobilize resource needs
  • manage risk
  • build a viable enterprise

Creating a business plan for a new venture will be the main focus.   

Social Entrepreneurship

MGT X421.1

2 units

Focuses on the idea that business ought to have a triple bottom line which includes profitability, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.  Social entrepreneurship primarily rests on the importance of social benefit, and the areas of market failure (vacuum) brought about by globalization. You will study how entrepreneurship, in the social context, seeks to change the world’s big patterns for the good of all. You will learn to:

  • understand social entrepreneurship at the beginning of the 21st century
  • mobilize innovators through design thinking
  • find and maintain self-sustaining sources of revenue
  • create blended value for all stakeholders through the triple bottom line
  • know "Social Entrepreneurs" as change agents
  • understand the depth and meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Focus will be on both the outcome of specific social entrepreneurial endeavors, and how current corporations view the concept of CSR. Together, we will examine where social entrepreneurship is currently positioned as it relates to for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations). You will utilize the Proof of Impact metrics associated with recent studies and literature.

Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs

MGT X421.6

1 units

The prerequisite to taking the Entrepreneurship course to complete your certificate program. As a function of completing the business plan, you will be required to create a financial plan. This includes producing a:

  • balance sheet
  • income statement
  • statement of cash flow

The entrepreneur may not have started a business yet and as a result, these financial documents will be created on a pro-forma basis. You will learn to understand and easily complete the process.

Quarter 2

Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence

MGT X421.2

2 units

Focuses on how to lead in a multicultural world.  Explore the evolving role of cultural diversity in the workplace, and how to apply cultural comprehension to organizations. Learn about the tools leaders use in order to measure intercultural competence. Discussions include:

  • understanding the basics of culture
  • developing and implementing a multicultural vision
  • managing cultural diversity
  • the legal implications of diversity
  • designing cultural learning programs
  • solving problems and resolving conflict
  • becoming more sensitive as a global manager

Learning will be augmented by readings from the GLOBE Research Project on Leadership Worldwide.  The four readings from this study will integrate with readings from the text, in order to develop a richer understanding of the effect of culture upon leadership in our globalized marketplace.

Globalization and Global Strategy

MGT X421.3

2 units

Get acquainted with the post-modern global forces at work in today's world, in order to gauge the proper response by the entrepreneur, intrapreneur and social entrepreneur. Learn to manage in a globally competitive environment by emphasizing the use of institutions, cultures, and ethics, and explore the growing and internationalizing nature of business.  Also, learn how to enter foreign markets, create networks, as well as understand the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a global context.  Other points of discussion include:

  • the shift from modernity to a post-modern context
  • why the global marketplace is seen as a "global village" that all participants and stakeholders can access
  • managing industry competition
  • how inequities have developed as a result of the "hidden hand" of globalization
  • how the entrepreneur, intrapreneur and social entrepreneur may have a positive impact

Corporate-level strategies will be discussed which will focus on how large multinational corporate entities (MNE’s) diversify, acquire, and restructure around the world.

Import and Export Management

MGT X421.4

2 units

An in-depth review of imports and exports from a global perspective. Discussions include:

  • understanding the global supply chain
  • freight, logistics and specialized transportation issues
  • risk management in international business
  • technology in global trade
  • developing resources in the import/export supply chain
  • an essential overview of import/export compliance and documentation

You will also learn how to maintain a compliant and secure inbound chain, understand the regulatory challenges of the future, and the depth and meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


MGT X421.5

2 units

"Intrapreneurship" consists of instilling an entrepreneurial spirit within the employees of an existing organization in order to encourage innovation and business growth.  In this course, you will learn to understand how intrapreneurship functions within an organization. Relational skills are important to the success of any intrapreneurial endeavor, and will be understood from the perspective of a leader’s need to:

  • leverage opportunities within the company
  • explore innovative approaches
  • mobilize resources
  • manage risk
  • sustain the enterprise

Understanding the need for innovation and imagination to sustain a company are essential for continued growth

“I put my 23 years of industry experience to work helping others understand how to manage an array of responsibilities in their fields. Behind every student is a group of volunteers, staff, or community depending on me to give their managers and leaders current, relevant, and accurate information. The highlight of every class is when I see my students using the skills I have taught them to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.”

Jenai Morehead

Foundation Consultant and Author
Highland, CA

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