Chicago now ranks second in the nation in the number of fast-growing small businesses. To immerse our students in the city's entrepreneurial community, we partner with startup hubs, connect students with internships, and run the Illinois Small Business Development Center right here under our own roof. Our Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies hosts an annual Startup Challenge, and offers innovation incubators, business plan support, and many other resources that put our students on the fast track to starting their own businesses.
Entrepreneurs don't follow a career path—they make their own. At UIC Business, we understand the drive and determination that makes an entrepreneur successful, and we provide the resources and directions to transform their goals into reality.
Students in the bachelor of entrepreneurship program gain knowledge of business planning, financing, marketing, management, information technology and consulting. You'll learn how to apply this knowledge to new ventures, small enterprises and family businesses.
For a full list of curriculum requirements, visit the UIC Catalog.
For a full list of course offered, visit the Course Catalog.
To earn a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Managerial Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Business Administration section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Students who wish to pursue the entrepreneurship degree may seek individual advising on their programs of study through the Undergraduate Programs office.
|Summary of Requirements|
|General Course Requirements||48|
See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.
See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.
|ENTR310||Introduction to Entrepreneurship||3|
|ENTR445||New Venture Planning||3|
|ENTR454||Entrepreneurship New Venture Formation||3|
|Nine additional hours selected from among the nonrequired 300- or 400-level courses in Entrepreneurship (except ENTR499), or FIN444.||9|
|Entrepreneurship Internship Program|
|Family Business Management|
|Special Topics in Entrepreneurship|
|Small Business Finance|
|Select 9 hours from courses offered at the 300- or 400-level in the College of Business Administration, except the 495 Integrative courses. It is recommended that students choose from the following list of courses, which are particularly related to Entrepreneurship. Some courses have prerequisites, which will require careful planning. Students may also choose to use their business electives to complete a second concentration or business minor, which will require careful planning.||9|
|Business Law I: Commercial Transactions|
|Human Resource Management|
|Negotiation and Conflict Resolution|
|Personnel Training and Development|
|Marketing Channels and E-Commerce|
|The Personal Selling Effort in Marketing|
|Advertising and Sales Promotion|
|Business-to-Business (B2B) Marketing|
|Digital and Social Media Marketing|
See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section. See your academic advisor for an individualized major map in your field of study.
UIC Business offers minors that add an edge to your degree.
Effective management of people and projects is essential for all fields. This minor is a great choice for any student who aspires to leadership roles in their work life.
This minor gives a great overview of running a business. From project management to supply chain management, you'll learn the ins and outs of a company.
The annual Concept2Venture Business Plan Competition is a yearly call for students to present their business ideas to local investors, entrepreneurs and faculty. Winners receive cash prizes, mentoring and advice.
UIC’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies provides students with hands-on opportunities with local businesses and entrepreneurs as well as faculty and students from UIC's other colleges and schools.
Our faculty researchers study and consult on a range of interesting topics, everything from health and technology startups to new restaurants, social value creation and venture capital.