Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership

This certificate will not be available after December 2018.

A Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership offers Mays Business School and Agriculture & Life Sciences’ Agribusiness 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.

Students must complete all requirements and graduate no later than December 2018 to be eligible for certificate recognition.

Starting in the Fall of 2017, all certificate programs are tracked through the Office of the Registrar and have to be added to the student’s record through a request in the University Adjustment System (UAS). In order to add the certificates to the student’s record, the following must be completed prior to the start of the student’s graduating semester:

  • Download the Application for Certificate. Obtain signature from the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • After McFerrin Center signature, please return the form to your academic adviser.

Advisors: The certificate will need to be added to the student’s record by submitting an Additional Curriculum Request through the UAS, with a scanned version of the signed form attached in the UAS.  Certificate requirements and the associated code are located above.  The paper form can be retained in the student’s major department file or destroyed.

For additional information, contact us at McFerrin@mays.tamu.edu.

Course Work

Three of the following:

  • MGMT 376 -Entrepreneurial Perspectives: Entrepreneurship as a career choice and its impact on society and economy; definitions of entrepreneurship; discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities and start-up funding; innovation and entrepreneurship theories for analyzing and predicting success of start-up and established entrepreneurial organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School.
  • 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 470 – Small Business Management and Growth: Exploration of practical approaches to growing a small business, evaluating and projecting financial performance, raising capital, legal formations and issues, human resource management, business plan development, franchising and family business; networking opportunities with local business leaders, successful former student entrepreneurs and current student entrepreneurs operating at the student incubator. Students will get a chance to evaluate real world business plans and meet successful entrepreneurs. Prerequisites: 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.

One of the following:

  • 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.
  • 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 477 – Entrepreneurial Consulting and Development: Application of current lean startup methodologies working directly with existing student entrepreneurs and mentors in preparing for the launch of a real business at the student incubator (Startup Aggieland); act as advocates and consultants assisting with organizational structure, marketing and market validation, financial analysis and risk assessment. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.


  • MGMT 484 – Professional Internship: Organized either through the McFerrin Center for 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. Additional Internship Requirements.