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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate

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Earn a credential in entrepreneurship, similar to a minor.
Complete five courses, some of which may overlap with requirements in your major.


The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program empowers students to turn their innovative ideas into action. In this flexible program designed to complement any major, students will:
  • Learn how to evaluate and launch new venture opportunities
  • Develop viable business models through market research and financial analyses
  • Acquire the business literacy and professional skills demanded by today’s employers
Similar to a minor, the program is open to all undergraduates enrolled at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus who have at least four semesters remaining in their academic program. To begin the program, students simply enroll in the first introductory core course, ENTR 20000, and connect with their academic advisor.
Upon completion, students receive an official certificate, which is noted on their academic transcript. Other benefits include:
  • A unique and multidisciplinary experience
  • Professional skills for work and life
  • Enhanced job prospects and choices
  • Connections to successful entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Workshops, speakers, and experiential opportunities
  • Leadership and communication skills
Approved option and capstone courses from all colleges are utilized to determine each student’s optimal path for certificate completion. Selections can be based upon disciplines, desired experiences, specific entrepreneurship disciplines or even career goals. Many courses fulfill both certificate and major plan of study requirements. 
Purdue’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is one of the largest, multidisciplinary entrepreneurship programs in the country, serving nearly 2,500 students from across campus each year. Annually, hundreds of Purdue graduates receive their certificates in addition to their diplomas. The program is administered through Purdue’s Office of the Provost and is governed by a Faculty Advisory Committee consisting of highly respected faculty and administrators from every college on campus.

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Students must complete five courses in the following categories, some of which may overlap with requirements in their major.

Two Introductory Core Courses

Core courses provide students with the fundamental language, knowledge, leadership, and communication skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation. These required core courses are offered solely by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

Two Option Courses

Option courses provide students with discipline or industry specific depth in areas that are relevant to entrepreneurship and/or innovation. They are offered through the Certificate in Entrepreneurship an Innovation Program as well as departments across the university.

Approved Option Courses  

One Capstone Course

Capstone courses provide students with experiences, which can include developing business plans for new ventures, consulting with small businesses or involvement in product innovation. They are offered through the Certificate in Entrepreneurship an Innovation Program as well as departments across the university.

Approved Capstone Courses 

Prerequisite Information

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


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      Rita Baker | Coordinating Academic Advisor | 765-496-7912 | bakerr@purdue.edu

      Nathalie Duval-Couetil | Director | 765-494-7068 | natduval@purdue.edu


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