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Barney School of Business

Entrepreneurial Studies

Entrepreneurial Studies gives you the tools you need to start or expand a business, manage a small business, lead innovation efforts in a corporate environment, or become an effective manager in a fast-growing enterprise.

About the Major

This interdisciplinary major gives you a background in many disciplines, including marketing, finance, accounting, and law. You will graduate with understanding of all aspects of business.

Gain hands-on experience by providing resources, training, and support to a local micro-business. You will complete a professional business plan to use to start your own venture. You may also choose to enter our annual Business Plan Competition. Our faculty advisors will help you every step of the way.

Degree Requirements

The program combines core classes, specialized courses, electives, and an internship. You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

For course descriptions and complete list of requirements, visit our course catalog.

Featured Core Classes

  • World of Business
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Operations Management
  • Exploring and Planning Career Options

Featured Entrepreneurship Courses

  • Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Financing a Small Business
  • Small-Business Practicum
  • Internship in Management or Entrepreneurship

Elective Options

  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • Managing in a Global Environment
  • Multinational Marketing

Career Outlook

The majority of new job openings in the United States today are in small businesses, and most successful business leaders have strong entrepreneurial skills. But you won’t be limited to starting your own business. An Entrepreneurial Studies major will also prepare you for careers as managers, consultants, advisors, and many others.

About the Minor

We also offer an Entrepreneurial Studies minor. Visit our course catalog for specific requirements for Barney students and non-Barney students.

Kristin Zecher

Entrepreneurial Studies, 2013

Zecher, who majored in entrepreneurial studies, is the creator of Aura Rating, an app featuring hundreds of New York restaurants that use fresh, organic ingredients sourced from local food producers. She developed the app idea after she and a team of fellow students won first place in the University’s Business Plan competition in 2012 and the Barney School’s International Business Plan Competition in 2013.

I worked on the concept in my free time and then began to incorporate it in all my classes. I got great feedback from professors, classmates, family, and friends. The more I worked on it the more excited I got about it the more I talked about it. The more I talked about it the bigger my network became.


Applications for admission are considered on a "rolling basis." We look forward to welcoming you to Barney!

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