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The Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management presents a strong instructional foundation for launching and successfully operating a small business venture. The curriculum spans all stages of small business development, from defining an idea to finding and managing your finances to building marketing strategies and managing your operation. This professional certificate's capstone course teaches you how to finalize your business plan and practice the next steps to executing and managing a successful business. The curriculum is overseen by an advisory board of business entrepreneurs and education leaders and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Courses are taught by working professionals with many years of practical business experience.

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Courses

Required CoursesWe recommend starting with Introduction to Entrepreneurship/Opportunity Recognition. Building, Presenting and Executing a Business Plan must be taken after the successful completion of the prior four required courses.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X408.9 Introduction to Entrepreneurship/Opportunity Recognition 1 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X475.6 Finances for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners 1 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X443.8 Action Planning and Management for a New Business Venture 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X475.5 Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X445.6 Building, Presenting and Executing a Business Plan 2 Not Available
ElectivesYou may choose any UC Berkeley Extension course offered in Business and Management to be taken for elective credit, but you must first check with the department for approval.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X499 Business Development for Web Startups 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X410 Business Law for Startups and Entrepreneurs 2 Not Available
BUS ADM X429.4 E-Commerce Strategies for Startups 1 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X492.2 Foundations of Web and Mobile Startups 1 Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X499.7 Leadership for Entrepreneurs 2 Not Available
BUS ADM X405.8 New Product Development 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X475.3 New Venture Finance 2 Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X105 Small Business Management 3 Not Available
BUS ADM X429.3 Web Technology Entrepreneurship 2 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

There are no prerequisites for the Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, but a bachelor's degree is recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 5 required courses and 2 units of electives (usually 1 course) for a total of 10 semester units (156 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within three years of registering for the certificate. Though the certificate is self-paced, by taking two courses per term, you can complete the certificate within three semesters (one year).

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

You should register for the certificate before you complete your second course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $4,475 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-business@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Advisory Board

Rhonda Abrams
Entrepreneur, Author, Columnist, Consultant

Mark Coopersmith
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley

Paul Emery
Director, Business and Management
UC Berkeley Extension

Nancy Glaser
Principal
The Glaser Group

Gordon Gooding
Entrepreneur, Businessman

Terry Hird
Consultant, Entrepreneur
Instructor
UC Berkeley Extension

Monika Hudson
Entrepreneur, Assistant Professor
School of Business and Professional Studies
University of San Francisco

Tom McGuire
Program Director, Business and Management
UC Berkeley Extension

Jonathan Wu
Entrepreneur, Investor
Sand Hill Angels

Edith Yeung
Executive Producer
BizTechDay
Co-Founder
Clue Market Inc./SFentrepreneur.com

On-Site Training

UC Berkeley Extension offers customized programs tailored to your corporate training specifications and delivered where and when you choose. Designed to fit your needs, time frame and budget, our convenient on-site training aims to increase employee performance and retention without losing precious work time. Learn more.