Entrepreneurship

Define your own path with a minor or certificate in entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Minor

Entrepreneurs are dreamers. Go-getters. Believers. Are you ready to become the next innovator? The entrepreneurship minor at the University of San Diego will tap into your entrepreneurial mindset and equip you with the resources and skills to start your own business, become an intrapreneur at a large company or join a fast-paced startup team.

Throughout your coursework, you will learn the essential skills needed to start a business like choosing a business model, writing a business plan and dealing with basic legal issues. You will also learn how to hone your creative thoughts into a viable business idea and practice how to pitch your idea to attract investments or get approval from a boss. And even more importantly, you will learn how to be a socially innovative thinker, one who uses business to make a positive impact in your community.

Not only that, but the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer and our close connections with San Diego's entrepreneurship ecosystem will provide you with ample opportunity to spark new connections with successful industry leaders and entrepreneurs inside and outside of the classroom.

Minor Curriculum

Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship training is not just for entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial mindset is indispensable for the future of work: it focuses on creativity, resilience, risk taking, critical thinking, problem solving, as well as interpersonal and communication skills. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate program certifies students to become ethical entrepreneurial leaders in a variety of business fields. Coursework is project-based and designed to prepare students to start their own businesses or add value to existing businesses through innovative ideas. Along with the required curriculum, students participate in an entrepreneurship competition hosted by the Knauss School of Business.

This 12-unit certificate program is available to degree-seeking undergraduate students. 

Certificate Curriculum

To enroll in the entrepreneurship minor or certificate, please contact School of Business Academic Advising at sb.advising@sandiego.edu

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