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BS in Entrepreneurship

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The Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship provides the business training needed to launch a successful enterprise.  

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.

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The Path of an Entrepreneur

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.

Program Outcomes

With an entrepreneurship degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Evaluate and write business venture plans
  • Identify and screen potential entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Analyze economic conditions 
  • Unravel the legal issues (establishing partnerships, incorporating, issuing IPOs, etc.)
  • Consult with business owners
  • Take the reins at a family business
  • Create and manage e-commerce companies

And so much more! The possibilities are endless because as an entrepreneur, you make your own career path.

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Degree Requirements

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
Business Core45
Major Requirements18
Business Electives9
Total Hours120

General and Basic Course Requirements

See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ENTR310Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
ENTR445New Venture Planning3
ENTR454Entrepreneurship New Venture Formation3
Nine additional hours selected from among the nonrequired 300- or 400-level courses in Entrepreneurship (except ENTR499), or ENTR444.9
Entrepreneurship Internship Program
Social Entrepreneurship
Family Business Management
International Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Finance
Entrepreneurial Consulting
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Total Hours18

Business Electives

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
Managerial Consulting
Marketing Research
Marketing Channels and E-Commerce
Brand Management
The Personal Selling Effort in Marketing
Advertising and Sales Promotion
Product Management
Business-to-Business (B2B) Marketing
Digital and Social Media Marketing
Total Hours9

Sample Business Major Curriculum

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.

Managerial Skills

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.

Business Operations

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.

Program Faculty

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James Cooper

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management
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Maija Renko

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

UIC-SEA Social Enterprise Certification

Coming this spring, UIC in partnership with the Social Enterprise Alliance, will offer a UIC-SEA Social Enterprise Certificate. The 16-week certification program was developed to focus on equipping non-profits and entrepreneurs with the knowledge to build effective social enterprises. For more information, visit

Faculty Researchers

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.