Turning an innovative idea into a successful, sustainable business requires a skill set that even the best business minds often do not possess.

The Entrepreneurship & Strategy Graduate Certificate helps students develop the visionary, technical and strategic skills they need to build, promote and lead businesses in any industry.

Who Should Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Strategy?

This certificate is ideal for working professionals at all levels who want to learn how to start or grow a business.

Whether they seek to start their own business or expand an existing startup, students in the certificate program have the flexibility to work full-time while gaining valuable entrepreneurship experience.


Students who enroll in this online entrepreneurship certificate program will learn how to apply core principles to their own business plans, including new venture discovery and corporate strategy for entrepreneurs and sales.

They will also learn how to identify potentially lucrative and financially viable enterprise opportunities; refine and develop their strategies to secure venture capital funding and other sources of capital; and expand their initial business vision over time.

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If necessary, students may take time off between courses while completing their certificate program; however, all courses must be completed within 18 months.

All coursework is completed 100% online, with no in-person requirements.

Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits to earn a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Strategy.

Certificate students will learn from professors who also teach in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s other top-ranked MBA programs.1 Learn more about our featured faculty members.

To learn more about graduate certificate programs, request information today.

1 UNC Kenan-Flagler was ranked #22 by U.S. News & World Report in the most recent report published in 2023, and its online MBA program is ranked #3 in 2024 ( to footnote reference