It takes more than just a good idea to launch a successful business in today's digital-first economy—it takes knowledge of product development processes, business models, and competitive strategies. When you earn your Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, you'll learn the process for turning a promising idea into reality and build a complete business plan for your own high-potential venture.

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship Program Overview

  • Program Structure: 4–5 courses
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Time to Complete: 8 months when studying full-time; 8 months to 3 years when studying part-time
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Unique Features

145+

countries represented by Northeastern students and faculty

12 or 15

credits may be applied toward a future MBA

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Graduate entrepreneurship program (Princeton Review, 2021)

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study options

  • Learn core business skills that will help you turn an entrepreneurial concept into a real, thriving enterprise
  • Build a complete business plan for your own high-potential idea
  • Specialize your studies with electives that are relevant to your goals, such as disruptive technologies, intellectual property, or design thinking
  • Build your confidence and experience through applied project work and case studies—key components of Northeastern's practice-oriented approach to learning
  • Access expert career guidance from an experienced counselor at Northeastern's office of Employer Engagement and Career Design
  • Build the foundation for a future master's degree from Northeastern—you may be able to apply your earned certificate credits toward an eligible master's program

The business learning you need in as few as four graduate classes

The business learning you need in as few as four graduate classes Opens in Modal

Customize your path to an MBA

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Admissions

  • English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
  • GMAT required? No
  • Where do I apply? Learn more here.
  • Interview Required? International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways: submit your test score from TOEFL iBTIELTS, or PTE academic.

Helpful Guides

Application Checklist

Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.

Personal Statement Guide

Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.

Northeastern University's Student Financial Services website is your best resource for the most current and comprehensive information to help prepare you financially.

To view tuition rates, please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and find the cost per credit for the current academic year listed next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

There are a number of resources to help you finance your Northeastern graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team is here to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.

At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.

Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:

Graduate Students of Color Collective

The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.

Grad Q

Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Campus Resources

We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.

Curriculum

You can study for your Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship full-time or part-time.

In both formats, you'll be learning from world-renowned faculty—industry leaders, leading consultants, and founders of startups—and you'll study alongside a diverse group of students with a mix of industry and academic backgrounds.

Through core coursework and electives, you'll explore the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, focusing on the skills and knowledge you need to launch and manage a successful business. You'll dive into topics such as . . .

  • Designing a successful organization
  • Developing next-generation products
  • Building business plans
  • Harnessing lean design
  • Uncovering opportunities for disruption
  • Creating a positive business culture

Choose your format

Meet Some of Our Students

“The graduate certificate was the perfect mix of entrepreneurship and innovation coursework that helped me explore career paths while building the skills to grow my career at BCG.” says Jay Addo, Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship'21

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Upcoming Future Student Events

Oct 13

Chat with Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions Fernando Antonioli and Graduate Certificate student Andrea Pinto Quiroz to learn how a graduate certificate from D'Amore-McKim can further your career goals. Ask any questions you may have related to your program(s) of interest, including details about the application process.

Oct 18

If you're thinking of pursuing the next step in your business education, there's no better place to do that than Northeastern. Join members of the Graduate Admissions team for an overview of D'Amore-McKim's graduate business programs and the potential to “stack” to build toward a future MBA.

Oct 18

Come to campus and enjoy a social evening where you can learn more about D'Amore-McKim's graduate business programs and mingle with admissions representatives, current students, and other friends of our programs.

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