Entrepreneurship Specialization

Are you ready and willing to take on new ventures in business? An entrepreneur assumes responsibility for the risks inherent in any new enterprise. With a specialization in entrepreneurship, you will be armed with the tools you need to manage risks while confronting businesses' biggest challenges. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Program Disclosures

Entrepreneurship Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Prepare to launch and manage entrepreneurial enterprises. You will increase your business and your technical skills when you add the Entrepreneurship specialization to your degree.

Degrees Offering the Entrepreneurship Specialization

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses

BUS 362 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

3 Credits

This dynamic course is based on a unique model of entrepreneurial methodology developed by Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University. Entrepreneurship encompasses imagining the unknown, taking inspired action, and embracing uncertainty to create a new future. It involves the identification, evaluation, and exploitation of opportunities to address challenges and to solve problems. Students will learn how to use imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to bring new ideas to fruition that inspire others. Students will create a feasible blueprint for a venture opportunity idea of their own. This course will be the beginning of the journey to becoming an entrepreneur.

BUS 365 Creativity & Innovation

3 Credits

This course focuses on creativity and innovation as a process in organizations. The course also examines how individuals can be innovative in organizations and the challenge of building innovative organizations. Prerequisite: BUS 362.

BUS 368 Venture Capital & Banking

3 Credits

This course examines financing the start-up of a new venture, from bootstrapping with personal resources or bank debt to equity investment by angel investors or venture capitalists. The course also covers the four main aspects of venture capital: valuation, deal structuring, governance, and harvesting. Prerequisite: BUS 362.

BUS 433 New Business Strategy

3 Credits

This course is intended to provide prospective entrepreneurs with information and tools for evaluating opportunities for starting a new firm—how to choose markets for entry, when to enter, and what resources and capabilities it will take to enter and provide a platform for future growth. Prerequisite: BUS 362.

Entrepreneurship Specialization for Graduate Degrees

An MBA in Entrepreneurship is a Master of Business Administration that specializes in practical entrepreneurial business management and innovation. Given the foundation of a general MBA, a focus on entrepreneurship delves further into topics integral to business ownership like business strategy, business ethics, problem solving, leadership, interpersonal management, strategic planning, finance, accounting, risk management, economics, and decision-making. An MBA in Entrepreneurship can be used to potentially launch new businesses, improve existing businesses, and develop entrepreneurial leadership roles within organizations across multiple industries.

Degrees Offering the Entrepreneurship Specialization

Graduate Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses

To achieve your MBA in Entrepreneurship, you must complete these three courses of the Entrepreneurship specialization in addition to the core MBA courses.

BUS 604 New Business Venture Management

3 Credits

This course focuses on the important aspects of starting a new business enterprise with emphasis on the challenges faced by the entrepreneur in initiating a business venture and directing its early development. The course also addresses the process of forming business ventures, the identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities, and the development of appropriate entry strategies.

BUS 605 Venture Capital & Private Equity

3 Credits

This course will examine the role of finance and the formation of financial strategies needed to support each phase of the business start-up. Sources of equity and debt capital along with entry strategies such as franchising and acquisition are examined. Alternative working capital, capital structure, and investment strategies unique to the start-up are presented.

BUS 696 Strategic Thinking for Entrepreneurs

3 Credits

This course focuses on application of key strategic and managerial approaches necessary for entrepreneurs to implement the strategy for a start-up or business takeover enterprise. It examines and discusses how entrepreneurial firms develop and implement innovative business plans, create functional operations, and incorporate technology strategies. Emphasis is placed on the vision of the firm, the strategic planning process, and strategic management. The final component is the generation of a business plan.