Invest in Yourself

The Entrepreneurship Certificate can be valuable for any student on campus. It is designed for the student who seeks to be an entrepreneur in start-up ventures, operate a family business or work as an entrepreneurial change agent within a corporate setting. Companies want to hire graduates with initiative and who show entrepreneurial characteristics. Students who display entrepreneurial attributes will add more value to their companies, eventually start their own business and make a big contribution to the overall economy.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $60,259on campus

Entrepreneurship Certificate at Washburn

The Entrepreneurship Certificate program is designed primarily for students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree offered by Washburn University. Students learn about various business disciplines and develop the following skills:

  • How to create a detailed business plan for a start-up venture
  • Learn how ideas can be brought to reality and commercialized through innovation and creativity  
  • Launch your ventures in the capstone clinic class
This 12-credit hour program is well-suited for students wanting to make themselves more valuable to companies and those wanting to start their own business.

Explore the Program

The Entrepreneurship Certificate program requires four three-credit hour courses for Business or non-Business students. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each course and at least six hours must be earned at Washburn University.

Required Courses:

  • BU101 - Introduction to Business
  • BU260 - Business Plan Development
  • BU343 - Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity
  • BU370 - Entrepreneurship Clinic

Business students may substitute BU406 International Business and Entrepreneurship Experience for any class. BU406 can be used as a business elective in the BBA degree.

Apply for the Entrepreneurship Certificate program by completing the application form. Submit it to the Washburn School of Business office or email

This form should be submitted or updated by the end of the fourth week during the semester of completion. Please submit the form to the School of Business office, Henderson 114.

Contact David Price, associate professor of Marketing Business in the Washburn School of Business, at (785) 670.3258 or

By the Numbers

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics counts self-employment in different ways. By one count, it predicts the number of self-employed workers to increase by 7.9% from 2016 until 2026 which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Self-Employed Americans

24 million

(in 2021)

CEO Average Salary


(KS Dept. of Labor)

Projected Job Growth



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