Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Creativity


The Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Creativity offers an innovative approach to the increasingly complex and changing business environment.

The program includes four major elements:

  1. A toolkit of basic principles and skills for the study and practice of entrepreneurship and business startup.
  2. Basic grounding in the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship, which focuses on the social, as well as the economic value, of entrepreneurial activity.
  3. Analysis of the broader context of entrepreneurship, drawing on perspectives from Arts & Sciences disciplines to examine social, economic, historical, and cultural forces that influence the subject.
  4. Multiple and interdisciplinary perspectives for examining creativity, leadership, and innovation as important elements of entrepreneurial thinking and behavior.

The course work and instruction associated with the program is both theoretical and experiential, enabling you to apply course information to your current and prospective work environments.

While this is considered an undergraduate certificate program, all students, with different levels of academic background and professional experience, and whose goals and interests in entrepreneurship and leadership are consistent with the program goals, may apply to the program or register for the courses as long as they have met program admission requirements and course prerequisites.

required course work

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Creativity is a 24-unit certificate program, composed of required courses and elective courses. All courses, required and elective, are University College evening courses. 

Required Courses: 15 units

Required courses provide basic information, skills, and tools with which to understand and practice entrepreneurship, both in the conventional sense of business startup and the broader sense of social entrepreneurship, and provide strategies for effective leadership and management in a variety of entrepreneurial work environments.

  • Entrepreneurship (Business U44 232) or Main Street Business Ownership (Business U44 315)
  • Design Thinking (Business U44 290)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (Business U44 410)
  • Leadership for Organizational Success (Business U44 305) or the Art of Leadership (Business U44 405)
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting (Business U44 263)
Elective Courses: 9 units

Elective courses allow students to tailor their certificates, focusing on various modes of creativity, innovation, and resiliency.

  • Marketing Concepts (Business U44 270)
  • Creative writing courses (see advisor for approval)
  • Fine Arts courses
  • Photojournalism (Journalism U49 330)
  • Introduction to Resilience (Sustainability U19 325)
  • Web Site Design and Development (Communications U48 218)
  • Technology for Managers: Tools and Strategies (Communications U48 3411)
  • Communications Technology and New Media (Communications U48 378)

Subject to approval, students may select other relevant courses to be used as program electives. All courses also may be taken on a stand-alone basis.

admissions requirements

Transferring Credit

A maximum of six units of transfer credit for required courses may be applied to certificate programs that include nineteen units of credit or more. All other required courses must be taken at Washington University.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

In order to be considered for admission to this certificate program, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in at least six units of previous college course work, including at least one college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better.

Policies & Procedures
  • Courses may be taken on a stand-alone basis.
  • Courses taken in the certificate program at Washington University must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Courses taken toward a University College undergraduate certificate program may be applied to a University College bachelor of science degree as distribution or general elective courses.

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

Personal statement

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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Still have questions?

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu