Students in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management concentration study the essential concepts of starting and operating small businesses through a series of eight classes. Topics covered include: environment and management of small business enterprises, problems in starting small businesses, financial and administrative control, and management of business operations.

Students also learn the practical application of classic and contemporary business theory as it applies to the early stages of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, opportunity recognition, innovation, and new venture development. Topics include: types of entrepreneurs, opportunity recognition, marketing, cash and other resource requirements, financial statements, planning, franchising, intellectual property, success/failure/resilience, and growth. 

In addition to the learning outcomes of the B.S. Business Administration degree, this concentration requires students to demonstrate subject matter knowledge and competence as applied to a smaller company or family owned business. Students must also achieve the learning outcomes of the MBA degree.

Concentration in Small Business Management
BA 243The Business of Innovation Replaces Open Elective3
BA 344Personal Financial Planning Replaces Business-Related Elective3
BA 440Small Business Management I Replaces Open Elective3
BA 441Entrepreneurship I- New Venture Development Replaces Business-Related Elective3
BA 442Applied Small Business Management Replaces Business Related Elective3
BA 443Entrepreneurship II: Business Plans Replaces Business Related Elective3
MK 422Sales and Sales Management Replaces Open Elective3
Graduate Business Courses
BA 600Research Methods in Business and Education3
BA 605Management Communications3
BA 625Global Strategic Management3
BA 642Leadership in Business and Professions3
BA 643Strategic Change Management3
Choose one of the following:3
Marketing Management
Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
Advanced Sales and Marketing in Hospitality
Strategic Selling
Graduate Business Elective12
Total Hours51