Entrepreneurship

Post-Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Saskatchewan. Our past, present and future is built on innovators and creators--people who want to run their own business, carve their own career path and build a future for their family. The new one-year Entrepreneurship post-graduate certificate will give you the skills, the knowledge, even the beginnings of a professional network to launch your entrepreneurial career.

What sets the Entrepreneurship program apart is our focus on relevant, real-world learning. Get the skills you need to effectively manage a business, from the basics of accounting and finance to human resources, communication, marketing and leadership. Learn about social entrepreneurship and purpose-driven businesses, indigenous entrepreneurship and the role of technology in entrepreneurship.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is known for our hands-on approach to learning. This means you will have many opportunities for applied learning, including preparing a feasibility analysis, creating an innovative solution to a problem and developing a business plan for a new venture.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and international transfer credit are not available for this program.

Transfer credit will be assessed for equivalent post-graduate courses completed at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Apply your skills to your own business, whether you're just launching or looking to expand. You can also look for opportunities with other start-ups and entrepreneurial enterprises. It's a great way to gain experience, build skills and cultivate connections.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Restaurant ManagerRestaurant and Food Service Managers (0631)$30,200 - $72,100
Agricultural ManagerRetail and Wholesale Trade Managers (0621)$37,500 - $120,000
Store Operations ManagerRetail and Wholesale Trade Managers (0621)$37,500 - $120,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

January


Length:

32 weeks


Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Notes:

  • International Students: Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers new applicants the Entrepreneurship post-graduate certificate program as part of a two (2) program bundle. Students must apply to two (2) post-graduate programs.
  • Current students and recent post-graduate certificate graduates are eligible to apply for only the Entrepreneurship post-graduate certificate program.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2021/22 Academic Year

$5,635 (Semester 1)

International Students

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 605
Accounting for Managers
3
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You will gain the required knowledge of accounting and finance to perform your role as a manager. Your studies will include an introduction to essential accounting concepts, the development and analysis of financial statements, profit planning to aid management decisions, management of working capital, preparation of sales and cash budgets, and calculation of time value of money.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 127
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ANLT 602
Ideation, Innovation, and Design Thinking
3
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You will acquire a variety of skills associated with identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and creating innovative solutions to problems. Specifically, you will solve problems using various tools for creativity and ideation by applying the five modes of the design thinking process.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
ANLT 603
Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis
3
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You will gain the skills required to evaluate the feasibility of an entrepreneurial opportunity. Specifically, you will apply various strategic management tools to analyze the societal, industry, market, firm, and founder levels of the environment. Conducting these analyses will involve primary and secondary research. You will demonstrate your learning through the preparation and presentation of a comprehensive feasibility analysis.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
BUS 600
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
3
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You will discover the exciting field of entrepreneurship. Specifically, you will gain an understanding of foundational entrepreneurial concepts, including what entrepreneurship is, the entrepreneurial mindset, the state of small business in Canada, social entrepreneurship and purpose-driven businesses, Indigenous entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in entrepreneurship. Additionally, you will grow and demonstrate your ability to effectively pitch an idea and create a strategy to prepare for entrepreneurial practice.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MKTG 602
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Sales
3
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You will acquire a variety of skills associated with establishing and managing profitable customer relationships. Specifically, you will differentiate between traditional and entrepreneurial marketing, consumer and business buyer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, the marketing mix, as well as sales and customer service strategies. You will synergize your knowledge in the course with the completion of a marketing plan for a product or service.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BUS 601
Business Plan Development
3
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You will synergize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by creating an innovative solution to a problem and a business plan for a new venture. Opportunity recognition and analysis, small business management, business modelling, and financial planning techniques will be used to create a business plan. Additionally, you will calculate the funds needed to start your new venture and select appropriate funding sources. To communicate your idea effectively, you will create a pitch deck, which will serve as the foundation for pitching your idea.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 605, BUS 600
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
HR 601
Human Resources for Entrepreneurs
3
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You will develop the necessary foundational knowledge that Canadian entrepreneurs require to create and manage their most important resource – their employees. You will examine the legal landscape as it pertains to human resources management and learn fundamentals for acquiring talent and motivating, leading and retaining a workforce. In addition, you will learn how to communicate effectively and navigate through difficult or challenging human resources situations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
LAW 601
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
3
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You will gain a practical understanding of the various legal aspects of owning and operating a small business in Canada. Specifically, you will study tort law, contract law, Sale of Goods Acts, Consumer Protection Acts, employment law, and protecting intellectual property. Additionally, you will gain insight into taxation, tax planning, and tax considerations for Indigenous owned businesses, selecting a legal structure for a new venture, as well as how to register a business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
LEAD 601
Leadership and Professionalism
3
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You will develop the knowledge and skills related to professionalism and leadership in the workplace. Additionally, you will create a professional development plan. You will learn key topics such as professional behavior and communication; stress, time and conflict management; leadership approaches and theories, as well as ethics.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEAD 600
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
MGMT 611
Small Business Management
3
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You will gain a practical understanding of the various components of managing a small business. Specifically, you will study the lifecycle of a business, human resources, operations and supply chain, quality management, e-business and e-commerce, insurance and risk management, as well as exit strategies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

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