There are a wide variety of entrepreneurship certificate programs in Texas, ranging from foundational to advanced levels. Programs offered at the undergraduate level are designed to provide basic knowledge of best practices for small businesses as well as an overview of entrepreneurial accounting and finance, operations, management and marketing. Students who already possess a bachelor's or master's degree may pursue a graduate-level certificate. Certificate programs vary in length and can range from 9-25 credit hours. Profiled below are nine of the largest 2- and 4-year schools in Texas offering these programs.
This school is located in Amarillo and has an undergraduate entrepreneurship certificate program that can be completed in 2 semesters. The program consists of 25 credit hours. Some required courses for the program include communication in management, accounting, customer service, small business operations and supervision.
Dallas Baptist University
Students with a bachelor's degree or master's degree can pursue the advanced certificate in entrepreneurship program from this university, located in Dallas. The 12-credit hour, 4-course program allows students to develop a relationship with an entrepreneur mentor. Students can expect to complete a marketing plan, an operations manual, a business plan and an investment capital proposal plan. Required courses for the program include accounting and financial planning and new business creation.
Mountain View College
Mountain View College is located in Dallas. Students can earn a certificate in advanced entrepreneurship from the school's Entrepreneurial College. Some required courses include small business management, business law and small business accounting. Elective courses are also available.
San Jacinto Community College
Based in Pasadena, this college offers a certificate of technology in business management-entrepreneur. The program can be completed in approximately 2 terms. Supervision, business law, business computer applications and human resources management are some of the classes included.
Texas A&M University - College Station
Another university offering relevant certificates is located in College Station. The Mays Business School offers undergraduates of the college seeking a BS or BBA the opportunity to earn a certificate in entrepreneurial leadership. The program entails 13 credit hours of coursework and 1 credit hour in an internship. Required courses include leadership development, new ventures and an internship. Students also have the opportunity to pursue an elective course. A 12-credit-hour graduate certificate program in entrepreneurship is also available and includes courses such as negotiations, managing projects and strategic entrepreneurship.
University of Houston
At this Houston university, interested students can pursue the certificate in corporate entrepreneurship from the C.T. Bauer College of Business. Course topics from the 2 required classes include negotiation, business planning, leadership and the business process. The 2 courses must be completed with a minimum 'C' grade or better to be valid for the program.
University of Houston - Downtown
This university is also found in Houston. The 2 required courses for the certificate in entrepreneurship program are entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, but the curriculum may expand to include additional courses. A minimum 'C' grade is required for both courses. Course topics include business analytics, management techniques and entrepreneurial opportunities.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas is located in Denton, and its College of Business offers a certificate in entrepreneurship. The program is 12 credit hours and looks at topics such as technology and innovation management, social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship.
University of Texas at San Antonio
A 12-credit-hour graduate certificate in technology entrepreneurship and management program is available at this school based in San Antonio. The program consists of four courses, covering topics such as project management, building enterprise equity and entrepreneurial business finance.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Entrepreneurship Certificate Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Amarillo College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in Entrepreneurship|| $2,010 (in-district)
|Dallas Baptist University||University, private not-for-profit; large city||Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship||Graduate: $15,314*|
|Mountain View College||2-year, public; large city||Advanced Entrepreneurship Certificate|| $1,770 (in-district)
|San Jacinto Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate of Technology in Business Management - Entrepreneur|| $1,408 (in-district)
|Texas A&M University - College Station||University, public; small city|| Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership,
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship
$10,176 (in-state); $28,768 (out-of-state)
$8,656 (in-state); $18,183 (out-of-state)*
|University of Houston||University, public; large city||Corporate Entrepreneurship Certificate|| $8,759 (in-state)
|University of Houston - Downtown||University, public; large city||Certificate in Entrepreneurship|| $5,780 (in-state)
|University of North Texas||University, public; midsize city||Entrepreneurship Certificate|| $9,730 (in-state)
|University of Texas at San Antonio||University, public; large city||Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Management||Graduate: $6,586 (in-state); $20,945 (out-of-state)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator