Entrepreneurial Studies Level II

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Entrepreneurial Studies Level II program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to start and run their own business. Courses include new venture legal issues, financial projections, and alternatives, in addition to market research to determine business feasibility. Also covers management skills and entrepreneurial thinking for owning and operating a small business.


Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Define entrepreneurship.
  2. Describe planning activities required for the successful launch of a new venture.
  3. Differentiate between various types of business start-up opportunities.
  4. Compare and contrast business financing alternatives.
  5. Describe components of a successful business feasibility study.
  6. Complete a business experience assessment.
  7. Examine market potential for a business endeavor.
  8. Develop a customer profile.
  9. Create a competitive strategy for entry into a business segment.
  10. Complete a feasibility study.
  11. Describe the fundamentals of identifying new technologies and innovations as entrepreneurial opportunities for profitable commercial feasibility.
  12. Compare and contrast components of a business plan.
  13. Create a preliminary business plan.
  14. Compare and contrast principles and practices of personal and family financial planning.
  15. Differentiate between types of business financing.
  16. Create a business plan.
  17. AND.
  18. Explain advantages and disadvantages of various organization forms.
  19. Describe major legal issues related to new venture start-up.
  20. Compare and contrast types of business ownership.
  21. OR.
  22. Explain social entrepreneurship and the events that assisted in defining social entrepreneurship.
  23. Discuss various social entrepreneurial organizations.
  24. Define microfinance and the type of financial services available to entrepreneurs.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
EPS150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Critical course Gateway course 3
EPS160 New Venture Creation 2
GBS/HEC132 Personal and Family Financial Security 3
EPS162 or
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship or Business Start-Up and Planning 2–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
EPS161 or
New Venture Law and Finance or Technology Business Planning 3
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
EPS165 New Venture Feasibility Analysis 2

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Entrepreneurial Studies Level II (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=139463).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.