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Academic Opportunities

Some people know from the outset that they want to be their own boss. If that sounds like you, take a look at the programs and courses we offer. Prepare now to create your own company when you graduate.


 

Academic Programs

MBA, Emphasis on Entrepreneurship

This degree provides a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. After completing the core curriculum, elective courses allow you to gain additional expertise in entrepreneurship. School of Business

MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship

This concentration promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students combine required coursework in social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at an individual student’s areas of specialization and hands-on learning activities. Through this powerful blend of academic courses and experiential learning opportunities (i.e., the practical and the theoretical), students will graduate with the knowledge of leading-edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators. College of Humanities and Social Sciences

BA in Integrative Studies, Concentration in Social Innovation and Enterprise

Students learn to address the social and environmental problems facing our society with an eye toward feasible and transformative solutions. They will also gain the perspectives and skills needed to start, build, transform, and/or fund the organizations that will implement these solutions. Students graduating with this concentration will be able to work with others (both within and outside existing institutions) and to make the changes necessary to improve social and environmental conditions. College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor, Entrepreneurship

Students learn to address the social and environmental problems facing our society with an eye toward feasible and transformative solutions. They will also gain the perspectives and skills needed to start, build, transform, and/or fund the organizations that will implement these solutions. Students graduating with this concentration will be able to work with others (both within and outside existing institutions) and to make the changes necessary to improve social and environmental conditions. School of Business

Undergraduate Certificate, Information Technology Entrepreneurship

This certificate prepares IT and engineering students for a successful career as entrepreneurs in the area of information technology. They acquire a unique body of knowledge related to innovation, both on the information technology/engineering/inventive side and on the entrepreneurial side, which will give them a competitive advantage in the difficult market where only a few new companies are able to survive and grow. This certificate is designed for students who are working on or possess an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, engineering, or a related domain and want to focus on IT innovation and entrepreneurship. Volgenau School of Engineering


Courses

MBUS 304: Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise

This class explores the behaviors required to successfully launch a new business, the tools to identify and evaluate opportunities, and the issues critical to a new firm. Issues include organizational structure, effective marketing strategy, operational logistics, legal issues, financial projections, financing options, and available support structures.

FNAN 431: Venture Capital and Private Financing of Startups

This course focuses on how venture capitalists arrange the financing for a company, what they look for in a business plan, how they value a business, and how they structure the terms of an agreement.

MBA 705: Venture Capital and Private Finance

This course considers market microstructure of venture capital and private finance: costs and benefits from employing private financing, interaction between the financiers and entrepreneurs, financial analysis of potential ventures, and investor exit strategies. 

MBA 711: Entrepreneurship

This class considers fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship and the process of new venture creation. It draws on a broad range of business disciplines including management, marketing, finance, and accounting to develop evaluation and execution skills.

MBA 714: Managing Growth of Small Businesses

This class focuses on unique challenges faced by small and entrepreneurial firms that seek long-term growth. It builds on the concepts and knowledge of creating a start-up company, and introduces processes and strategies required to become a significant player in the industry segment. It's designed for students interested in understanding opportunities and problems in their own businesses, employment in small or entrepreneurial businesses, or exploring corporate entrepreneurship within large firms.

MBA 752: Turning Ideas into Successful Companies

This advanced course in entrepreneurship focuses on discovery and development of an achievable business concept. The centerpiece of the course is development of the formal business plan and associated presentation materials. Students are assigned to teams and must hypothesize a new business, research and test their hypothesis, and develop a comprehensive written business plan. The plan must be for an actual business that the students intend to start upon the successful completion of the course. Technology-based projects are encouraged, but not required. Because the course is cross-listed with the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Business, most teams will include both engineering and business students. Weekly presentations of the team's progress are required.