As of 2016, the University of Georgia began offering an undergraduate certificate in entrepreneurship, but this semester it will begin to offer a certificate for graduate students, according to a UGA press release.
As reported in The Red & Black, the new certificate program, which is offered by Terry College of Business and available to all UGA graduate students, will be taught by five lecturers with entrepreneurial experience such as the program’s director, Bob Pinckney.
According to the press release, the program aims to help students develop the skills needed to launch and grow businesses and social enterprises.
To fulfill the program’s requirements, certificate students must complete 12 credit hours with two entrepreneurship courses and two electives. The entrepreneurship courses include introduction to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and managing the entrepreneurial venture.
The graduate program was created because of the success of the undergraduate certificate, with which 80 students have graduated since its inception, the press release said, and the new program will continue the university’s mission of supporting economic growth.
“Economic development is central to the university’s mission, and a key component of our commitment to support economic growth is teaching and refining the entrepreneurial mindset in students who have that interest and ambition,” said Benjamin C. Ayers, dean of Terry College.
“We’re very pleased to offer this university-wide certificate to graduate students who want to join the ranks of innovators and inventors whose ideas will propel growth in Georgia and beyond.”
The application for the fall semester opened up Sept. 1 and the deadline to submit it online is Oct.1. The spring semester application will open up on Feb. 1 and is due by March 1.
Students who are accepted into the program will be notified via email two weeks after the deadline.
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