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Certificate in
Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Note: This program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

The four required courses are available online. The certificate may be completed fully online if the elective courses agreed upon with your academic coordinator are available online.

Entrepreneurs are innovative people who take on the task of turning an unmet opportunity into a business reality. This certificate is designed to give the student the tools and knowledge needed to launch and run a Canadian business. The four required courses build skills in ideation, opportunity evaluation, business intelligence, and venture planning. Two additional elective courses allow the student the flexibility to focus on areas specific to their business requirements. Note: The elective courses must be chosen in prior consultation with the academic coordinator before they can be applied towards certificate graduation requirements.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six OAC credits or Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

It is recommended that students complete CENT 500 before taking CENT 505.

Required Courses

CENT 500   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  New Venture Startup
CENT 505   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  Small-Business Management
CENT 526   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy
CENT 601   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  Identifying Opportunities


Students must consult with the academic coordinator. With the submission of an approved Continuing Education Certificate Exemption (Substitution/Directive) Form signed by the academic coordinator, students will complete two courses relevant to their entrepreneurial and small business interests (as indicated in their business plan developed in CENT 500).

Professional Development

You can receive an acknowledgement of professional achievement once you have successfully completed three courses as follows:

Professional Development Award: Entrepreneurship and Small Business requires completion of CENT 500, CENT 505, and (CENT 526 or CENT 601).

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CENT 500   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  New Venture Startup
CENT 526   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy
CENT 601   Entrepreneurship and Strategy:  Identifying Opportunities