About the Program

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    Are there any prerequisites for this certification?

    The program is open to everyone who wants to build their own business success. There are no prerequisites except for a willingness to learn!
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    What lessons are covered?

    The Tarkenton Certificate is a comprehensive program covering the fundamentals of starting, running, and growing a small business. The curriculum covers 57 lectures in 20 courses organized into 6 modules: Principles of Entrepreneurship, Planning your Venture, Funding Your Venture, Customer Acquisition, Financial and Legal, and Operations. Learn more about specific courses here.
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    Who are the instructors?

    Instructors for the Tarkenton Certificate in Entrepreneurship include Terry College professors, lecturers, industry experts, authors, and business practitioners. Learn more by visiting our Faculty page.

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    Is there any in-class requirement or is it all done online?

    The certification program is 100% online. There will be class interaction requirements but all can be completed online.

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    Do I receive college credit for this?

    The Tarkenton Certificate features MBA-level content created and endorsed by UGA’s Terry College of Business and the Tarkenton Institute, but is not accepted as credit for any accredited degree program.

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    How long does the program take to complete?

    The certification requires approximately 100 combined hours of lectures and coursework. At an average pace of 4 hours per week, you can complete the program in 6 months or less.

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    Can I go at my own pace with this online course?

    Yes! We estimate the program will take approximately 6 months at a commitment of 4 hours per week, but the course is self-paced with progress milestones. Our program advisors will help keep you on track.

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    Can I complete the courses in any order?

    The Tarkenton Certificate program follows a pre-determined curriculum designed to give you the most comprehensive entrepreneurship education. Upon completion of each section, including both video lectures and assignments, the next section will be unlocked.

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    Can I save my work and come back to complete at a later time?

    Yes! You can save your work as you go and complete it at a later time. Make sure you have a stable, uninterrupted internet connection to ensure that your work is saved.

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    If I fail a section can I re-take it? How many times?

    Yes! You can retake quizzes and resubmit assignments as many times as you need to. Our program advisors and instructors are available if you need help.

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    Are payment plans or financial assistance available?

    If you need financial assistance, please contact our program advisors to discuss payment plan options.

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    What do I receive when I complete the certification?

    Everyone who completes the program receives an official certificate from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and the Tarkenton Institute.

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    Once I finish the program, can I log back in to review the courses?

    Your account expires 12 months after enrolling. However, throughout the program you can download, save and print course materials and supportive documents for future use.

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    If I have a problem, where do I go?

    There are three options, depending on the nature of your question. You can pose questions to fellow students in the group, to the professor, or to our program advisors through the Tarkenton Certificate Contact page.

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    Will I create a business plan in the course that I can actually use in the real world?

    You certainly can! During the program, students have the option of creating their own business plan based on their own business idea, or completing a model plan based on pre-determined scenarios. If you develop your own plan, you are able to use it to build your business.

Technical Questions

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    What browser is required?

    We recommend using up-to-date versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but we also support Internet Explorer versions 9 and above as well as Safari.

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    What is the recommended internet connection speed?

    We recommend a 6.0 Mbps wireless or wired connection for a comfortable experience streaming video lessons. For mobile devices, cellular connections must be 4G or higher.

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    Can I take courses using a public WiFi connection?

    You can take a course using a shared wireless hot spot. However, be sure that you have a stable, uninterrupted connection. Shared wireless hot spots at coffee shops or public places may give less than desirable results due to the sheer number of users sharing the internet connection.

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    What operating system do I have to have? Is it compatible with Mac?

    We support all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android 4.3 Jellybean and above.

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    Is there an app to access the program?

    Yes! The Tarkenton Certificate program can be accessed through the Schoology mobile app, available for both Apple and Android users on phones or tablets.


Payment plans are available. Contact our Program Advisors for more information. [email protected]

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The Tarkenton Certificate in Entrepreneurship is an elite educational experience developed in partnership by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and the Tarkenton Institute.