With four unique certificates to choose from, University of Iowa students from all majors can find an entrepreneurial path that interests them.

For All University of Iowa Students


The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management teaches the fundamentals of business while placing emphasis on entrepreneurship theory and practice. This certificate is designed to be the perfect complement to ANY undergraduate degree, whether you want to start a business or quickly advance in a variety of fields.

This certificate is available on-campus, as well as online through UI’s Division of Continuing Education.

Visit the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management page for more information.

For College of Engineering Students


The College of Engineering has partnered with the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) in the Tippie College of Business to offer a joint Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate. This certificate combines engineering technology, entrepreneurship and business education to position students for success in today’s competitive work environment. Because innovation is critical to an organization’s success, it is a great addition to an engineering degree. Students develop management and leadership skills, as well as learn the process of starting and leading their own business one day.

Visit the College of Engineering for more information.

For Students in the Arts


The Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has partnered with the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) in the Tippie College of Business to offer a joint Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship. The certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship helps students develop the skills required for creating market-based opportunities in the arts, such as starting a performing arts business, promoting their work as artists, leading arts-based ventures, and sustaining an arts-based career. The certificate will help you prepare for careers in marketing, publicity, fundraising, financial management, and artist management in the arts or in entertainment.

Visit the Division of Performing Arts for more information.

For Journalism and Mass Communication Students


The Certificate in Media Entrepreneurialism, offered by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, prepares students to succeed in the fast-changing world of mass communication. Opportunities exist for students to invent new revenue streams or business models for media companies, create new media products, work as part of an innovation team for an established media company, or possibly build a new business.

The certificate begins with two foundation courses, after which students take three required classes – entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial marketing, and marketing research. Then, students take a total of 9 s.h. of elective coursework from three focus areas – media production, advanced entrepreneurialism, and diversity and globalization. In order to finish the certificate, students complete a capstone course in media innovation case studies. For more information about the certificate course requirements, visit the Media Entrepreneurialism Certificate webpage.