Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership

A Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership offers Mays Business School undergraduate students seeking a BBA or BS degree the opportunity to study entrepreneurship in a focused set of courses. Students who pursue the certificate program must complete all requirements prior to graduation.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership is designed to develop the competencies needed to successfully create and manage new ventures or to be a driver of innovation within existing enterprises. Emphasis is placed on leadership in three areas: conceiving, exploiting, and managing opportunities.

Graduates of this certificate program are provided with the tools to plan for new business start-ups, become leaders in high-growth firms, or to become corporate intrapreneurs capable of improving an organization’s ability to innovate. The program requires thirteen (13) credit hours in designated course work from the list of courses below. Completing the certificate also includes taking one (1) hour of an entrepreneurial internship.

Download the Application of Intent

Download the Application of Completion

After completion of the forms, please return them to the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Wehner 430. For additional information, contact us at cnve@mays.tamu.edu.


Course Work

MGMT 440 – Creativity and Innovation in Business
Examines factors that may foster or stifle individual, team, organizational creative performance; presents techniques that may improve the student’s creative thinking skills. Prerequisite: MGMT 363.

MGMT 461 – Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
The entrepreneurial process from conception of a business idea to the actual start up of the venture; environmental scanning for new opportunities; matching individual skills and attributes with the requirements of the venture; evaluating the viability, growth potential and markets for the venture; securing financing; beginning operations. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School and senior classification.

MGMT 475 – Leadership Development
Provides participants both academic grounding and practical experience in health, education and economic development issues that are facing the nation; exercises and simulations designed to improve leadership skills. Prerequisite: MGMT 363.

MGMT 484 – Professional Internship
Organized either through the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship or the student’s own network, this internship is directed at experiential learning in a small entrepreneurial firm or a firm with high growth.

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Pick one (1) course from the list bellow:
MGMT/IBUS 457 – Global Entrepreneurship
Practical issues associated with taking small- and medium-size businesses global; includes importing and exporting, developing global strategies, evaluating market opportunities, regional impact on economies and people. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School. Cross-listed with IBUS 457.
MGMT 470 – Small Business Management and Growth
Unique aspects of managing and growing small businesses including strategic and operational planning; ethical issues; organizational controls and tools; marketing management and techniques; financial analysis and accounting; risk management; securing growth capital; franchising; family businesses and succession; human resource management; international opportunities. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School and senior classification.
MGMT 439 – Negotiations
Overview of the various theories and processes of negotiation relevant to the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by employees and managers, and in situations outside of organizations; discovery of optimal solutions to problems and means to implement solutions through classroom simulations, role playing and case studies. Prerequisite: MGMT 363.