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This certificate program prepares students to would like a step-by-step guide to start their own business. Learn what it means to be an entrepreneur and complete a feasibility analysis of own business plan. Students complete 36-38 credits, resulting in a Entrepreneurship Foundation Certificate. Students interested in continuing their education can move into the Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 3
Part Time: 4 to 5
38.0 - 40.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$4,696.04 - $4,943.20 $5,354.96 - $5,636.80 $12,082.10 - $12,718.00

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.
  • Daytime: Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Introduces and defines basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures for recording business transactions and developing financial accounting reports.

ACCT& 201 5.0

This course is an overview of project management from a business perspective. Topics will include project authorization & planning as well as managing project resources, scheduling, budgeting and risk. Students will apply principles to their own project.

BUS 118 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS 154 - Exploring Entrepreneurship (5 credits)

Designed for those with an interest in starting their own business. This is an opportunity to explore whether you have the Temperament and GRIT (persistence) to successful business owner. Validate or develop your Entrepreneurial Mindset. Understand the process needed to expand your business around your products/services.

BUS 151 5.0

Designed for person ready to start a business. All activities directly apply to the student's business idea. Will cover Value Proposition; Feasibility Analysis; Competitor Analysis; Vision/Mission; Business Structure; Customers; and Business Plan Canvas. Our goal is a successful launch/enhancement of the student's business.

BUS 152 5.0

This course continues the development/implementation of the student's business. We will cover: Proforma Financials; Development of Business Plan; Customer Focus; Website Development; Marketing/Selling; Going Global; Risk Management; Networking. Prerequisite: BUS 152 or instructor's permission.

BUS 153 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS 169 - Using Computers in Business (5 credits)

Overview of the principles of electronic commerce: the origin and growth of e-commerce; comparison with traditional commerce; the relationship of e-commerce to the Internet; electronic money; electronic contracts, legal issues, stock trading; catalogs, accounting, auditing and taxation, international aspects and e-marketing. Prereq: ENGL& 101 eligibility or completion of ENGL 097/098.

BUS 156 5.0

Examines the relationships between business, social and economic development and the environment. Explores how emerging technologies are reshaping energy utilization and management for businesses and their communities. Prereq: BUS& 101 or instructor permission.

BUS 186 5.0

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0