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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

  • Resident Cost : $4,409.90 - $4,642.00
  • NonResident Cost : $4,988.26 - $5,250.80
  • International Student Cost : $11,366.56 - $11,964.80

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.

Worker Friendly

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

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Introduces 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. Prereq: BUS 169 or equivalent.

BUS 118 5.0

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

Overview of the entrepreneurial process, examination of the market-place, and discussion of successful business entry strategies. Will also cover need/market trend identification, product/service selection, initial concept validation, as well as developing and accessing sources of information and assistance.

BUS 151 5.0

This course introduces the entrepreneural student to the product selection, pricing and marketing processes. Products/services are selected. Pricing strategies and channels of distribution are discussed. Specific marketing and selling strategies are reviewed. The Product, Pricing, and Marketing Sections of a Business Plan are written.

BUS 152 5.0

This course introduces the entrepreneural student to financial planning, financing, and operations processes. Forecasting assumptions are reviewed and financial needs projections prepared. Methods of new business financing are discussed. Plans for growth and contingencies are prepared.The Business Plan is completed.(BUS 153 Distance Learning courses: videotapes may be viewed at the Media Center or rented for $32. No telecourse fee. No computer fee.)

BUS 153 5.0

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

This course briefly introduces and examines the important content areas in the electronic commerce field. Designed as a sampler course for a new certificate program, the course includes these required areas of study: an overview of the principles of electronic commerce from the business perspective; a history of the origin and growth of e-commerce; a comparison of the differences and similarities between e-commerce and traditional commerce; a study of the relationship of e-commerce to the Internet; electronic money; electronic contracts and legal issues; e-commerce examples; electronic stock trading; electronic catalogs; accounting, auditing and taxation issues; international aspects; and e-marketing. Prereq: English 101 eligibility or completion of English 097/098. See Distance Learning section for fees.

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 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