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Online Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Certificate
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Online Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
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Gain Hands-On Experience in Ideation and Product Development

In today's fast-paced and complex business environment, employers need innovative problem solvers who can test ideas and build business cases for new products and services. Ohio University's online Business Venturing Certificate provides an innovative, creative environment for you to hone your entrepreneurship skills. Coursework is informed by our 90-plus years of experience delivering business education.

Throughout this flexible, three-course program, you will complete hands-on projects designed to give you the expertise to succeed as a small business owner or leader within larger organizations. Our online entrepreneurship certificate provides a deep dive into startup innovation, corporate innovation, social venturing and more.

Program Benefits

  • 100% online coursework
  • Up to 3 transfer credits 
  • Flexible, part-time format
  • AACSB-accredited College of Business
  • Entrepreneurial focus

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Build Career-Focused Entrepreneurship Skills

OHIO's Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Certificate program will give you the firsthand experience you need to excel in a wide range of management and leadership roles.

  • Management occupations are expected to grow 9% from 2020 to 20301
  • Business managers earn an average salary of $102,450 per year1

Leadership Careers for Entrepreneurs

  • Business Development Manager


    per year2

  • Product Developer


    per year3

  • Product Innovation Manager


    per year4

"Prior to the MBA program at OU, I had limited experience on how to start a business or where to even start. The entrepreneurship program provided an excellent foundation and framework to guide someone like me through the process but also allowed me to think outside the box and be creative in doing so. I found the program both informative and engaging and would recommend it to anyone who has thought about starting a business but doesn’t know where to begin. Start at OU!" —Tim Ranish, current student, MBA - Business Venturing

Grow Your Entrepreneurial Mindset

7-Week Courses | 9 Total Credits

By completing a focused curriculum of just three seven-week courses, you will build the specific skill sets you need to develop innovative solutions in any organization. You can also apply nine certificate credits toward an OHIO Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree.


  • MGT 5070 Managing Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 5071 Ideation, Concept Development and Business Models
  • MGT 5072 New Venture Creation

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No GMAT Required | No prerequisite courses

Fall A 2024Fall B 2024
Application Deadline: 08/12Application Deadline: 10/07
Classes Begin: 08/26Classes Begin: 10/21

To apply to OHIO's online certificate program, you will need:

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Application Fee$35
Required DegreeBachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
Minimum GPA3.0
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts from all institutions attended
Additional RequirementsCurrent resume

Transfer Credit

You can transfer up to three credits into the graduate Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Ohio University. Reach out to an enrollment advisor at 740.924.5725 to learn more.

When to Apply

Ready to become a Bobcat? We offer six start dates a year, so it's always a good time to apply. Apply today to get started.

Earn a Flexible, Affordable Online Entrepreneurship Certificate

$7,461 Total Tuition (Resident) | $829 Per Credit (Resident) | Scholarships Available

Cost per credit hour

$829 (Ohio resident)

$848 (non-resident)

Total credit hours9
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$7,461 (Ohio resident)

$7,632 (non-resident)

Other costs to budget forYou may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies and fees. Take these into consideration as you budget for your program.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

  • Scholarships

    The College of Business offers several different financial opportunities for our professional and online graduate students, including a corporate partner program scholarship, alumni scholarship, and a veteran and military scholarship.

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

Support for Military-Affiliated Students

Ohio University is a Military Collegiate Purple Star Award® school and has been named one of the nation’s top Military Friendly® schools for over a decade. Our Veteran and Military Student Services Center provides access to programs and services specifically for military members and their families. In addition, student veterans and active military members are eligible to receive an incentive scholarship of up to 15% for eligible online graduate programs.

As an OHIO online student, you can earn credit for select military experience, training or previous college credit. To learn more about the military benefits available to you, contact us today.

It is not the intent of Ohio University to imply an endorsement by any service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Military Friendly Spouse School
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What You'll Learn

  • Creative problem solving
  • Building and pitching business cases
  • Idea generation, assessment and screening
  • Business planning
  • Market research
  • Investment due diligence

Program Outcomes

When you finish your program, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how existing organizations can become entrepreneurial
  • Construct a viable business model based on a business idea
  • Create a business case for an idea or new corporate venture
  • Effectively develop and launch a new business or product line

Learn From Entrepreneurship Experts

Instructors in the online entrepreneurship certificate program are a mix of successful entrepreneurs and academic experts who bring valuable business insights to the online classroom.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Personalized attention
  • Individualized mentorship and support
  • Industry-connected faculty to broaden your professional network

Faculty Spotlight

Paul Benedict

Associate Professor of Instruction; Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

After 15 years as an investor in and operator of seed- and early-stage technology companies, Paul joined Ohio University to teach in the Professional MBA, where he fell in love with teaching. Paul is a 2018 recipient of the College of Business's graduate teaching award. He earned his MBA from The Ohio State University, and his B.A. in Political Science (Honors Tutorial College) from Ohio University.

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Paul Benedict

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  • Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    In our flexible, AACSB-accredited program, you'll develop business intelligence and leadership expertise to create a competitive advantage for your organization while advancing your career. Choose from nine concentrations.

  • Online Master's in Management Degree

    Elevate your leadership potential with our online Master's in Management (MSM). Prepare to lead with confidence and customize your path to success with seven career-focused specializations.


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