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Entrepreneurship Concentration

Entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic growth and development and one of the fastest-growing programs in business schools worldwide. And no one does entrepreneurship like NC State. Organizations large and small recognize the need for entrepreneurial thinking in the global marketplace, and are seeking creative, innovative and socially-minded entrepreneurship graduates at a record pace. Over the years, we’ve graduated scores of entrepreneurial thinkers who are making waves in the business world – both as startup founders and within existing companies.

About our Program

Poole College’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration in Entrepreneurship is a cross-disciplinary program, focusing on the challenges of identifying, exploring, and implementing opportunities for value creation.

The program’s broad curriculum provides a foundation in entrepreneurial thinking, allowing students to develop skills to guide a venture – whether building their own company from the ground up or acting as an “intrapreneur” and use those same skills to grow existing companies. Our graduates can recognize new opportunities and carry those opportunities through the stages of funding, development, and operations.  

Students complete a core course in entrepreneurship as well as specialized courses in business opportunity analysis, finance and accounting, and new venture planning. 

Poole’s concentration in entrepreneurship helps students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and complex skill set needed to question assumptions and develop creative solutions in the business world.

At Poole College, we emphasize an entrepreneurial, growth-oriented mindset. In particular, we instill the belief that, with time and effort, everyone can grow their ability to be an entrepreneur. This growth-oriented mindset of entrepreneurship enables students to respond well to setbacks as well as more effectively set, pursue and achieve their goals.

Our students know, that with time and effort, they can grow their ability to think and act entrepreneurially, whether building their own company from the ground up or acting as an “intrapreneur” and using their skills to grow existing companies.

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Jeffrey Pollack

Professor of Entrepreneurship

What Will I Learn?

Entrepreneurship concentration graduates will understand how to:

  • Organize, analyze and apply information to make business decisions.
  • Recognize social responsibility issues, ethical dilemmas and alternative solutions of business organizations.
  • Integrate business concepts to entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Build and grow new business ventures.
  • Identify and analyze opportunities.
  • Research, write and present fully-integrated implementation timelines. 
  • Evaluate methods for funding generation for entrepreneurial opportunities.

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are entrepreneurs, investors, consultants and executives. They offer a broad range of experiences, from working in small family-owned ventures and larger firms to commercializing technology. One thing our faculty have in common is the commitment to entrepreneurship education and the belief that every student can grow their entrepreneurial ability.

Why Entrepreneurship at NC State?

NC State is among eight universities to be ranked in the top 20 for both undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the country by The Princeton Review and ​Entrepreneur ​magazine for 2021. 

From living with like-minded entrepreneurs in the Albright Entrepreneurs Village to co-working and developing entrepreneurial prototypes in the Entrepreneurship Garage on Centennial Campus, students have access to the resources and network required to build their entrepreneurial skills. Programs like the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic, located at Raleigh Founded and housed in Poole College, embed students into Raleigh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with great results — serving more than 1,000 students who have worked with over 350 company partners and counting.

“We can give NC State students the chance to engage with the entrepreneurship community in many, many different and meaningful ways. That’s what NC State does. Our goal is to pull students out of the classroom and put them out there into the entrepreneurial ecosystem in a way that makes sense for them.” – Jon Carr, Jenkins Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, discussing with WRAL-TV the future of business and growth in the Triangle.

Curriculum Overview and Degree Requirements

Students start their time at NC State Poole College of Management as either a management first-year student (if you are a freshman) or in a major (if you are a transfer student). Regardless of your path, you will have plenty of time to explore the different things you want to do in business and entrepreneurship.

The business administration, entrepreneurship program requires that students complete 120 credits towards the degree, comprised of courses in humanities and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, general electives and credits specific to the entrepreneurship program. Students also get a broad education in key business areas by taking core courses in finance, human resources management, IT, marketing, and operations and supply chain management.

Business Administration major – Entrepreneurship concentration requirements include 46 credits:

  • Core Business Courses (34 credits), including MIE 310 Introduction to Entrepreneurship, BUS 320 Financial Management, BUS 360 Marketing Methods and MIE 480 Business Policy and Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship Requirements (9 credits), including MIE 410 Business Opportunity Analysis, MIE 413 New Venture Planning, MIE 412 Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs and MIE 419 Entrepreneurship Practicum.
  • Entrepreneurship Electives (3 credits), including MIE 416 The Legal Dynamics of Entrepreneurship and MIE 418 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

For full degree requirements, visit the NC State Catalog. To view individual courses, descriptions and schedules, use the Course Search.

Career Opportunities

Year after year, students are drawn to careers in entrepreneurship because the field and the degree are so dynamic. Upon graduation, students are prepared to start a business of their own or establish a career in marketing, finance or sales.  

The average reported salary by entrepreneurship graduates was $59,531 in 2020.

Careers include:

  • Business owner 
  • New product development
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Business adviser
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Business analyst
  • Sales and marketing consultant
  • …and more!

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