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Entrepreneurship Major

The economic development of our nation is sparked primarily by the “Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Develop yours at OHIO.

Success in entrepreneurship requires a broad base of conceptual knowledge, personal skills, and competencies. The required courses ensure a variety of rich developmental experiences that can include applied learning, case analysis, research projects, team-based active learning projects, and guest speakers, in addition to traditional classroom lectures and discussions. This major places a strong emphasis on written and oral communications skills, teamwork, and personal initiative.

Entrepreneurship Core Courses


  • ACCT 3770 - Entrepreneurial Accounting
    This course takes accounting concepts and materials from introductory accounting and develops them in ways specifically intended to develop key financial capabilities in aspiring entrepreneurs. The focus is on the fundamental aspects of planning and control necessary for the accounting component of a business plan. These include cash management, comprehensive budgets, and forecasted financial statements. Topics in taxation are introduced such that the student can both better handle typical day to day operations and also better identify those urgent issues requiring outside experts. (Requisites: ACCT 1010 and 1020; Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3450 - Entrepreneurial Leadership
    Students will be exposed to the concepts and theories about leadership at the individual level and will have an opportunity to build and enhance their leadership skills. (Requisites: Junior or Senior; Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3730 - Entrepreneurial Business Consulting
    During this applied learning experience, students are assigned to work as consultants with a real business. They will conduct background research, analyze the client’s current situation and context, and make recommendations on how to address a defined business problem. It is intended to enhance students’ analytical skills while giving them the opportunity to apply business and other academic concepts to a real-world situation. Also addressed are general business skills, such as report writing, presentation, client interaction skills, and team management skills. (Requisites: (MGT 3550 AND MGT 3700) or (MGT 3740 and ACCT 3770); Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3740 - Ideation and Business Models
    This course is for entrepreneurs building the courage to create, and risk making mistakes in their quests for true innovations in products, services or processes. You will solve problems in uncertain and dynamic environments. Creativity is the central focus, which might be defined as applying your mental ability and curiosity to discover something new, the act of relating previously unrelated things. More specifically, we focus on capitalist creativity. This means that we must apply a Business Model framework to your creativity. We demand that your solutions be profitable (have a potential to be profitable) and reflect bottom-line practicality. More importantly they must create value. We provide challenging places to fully engage your brain to discover patterns to produce breakthrough ideas that solve business problems. (Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 4700 - Theories of Entrepreneurship
    A broad examination of historical, literary, and business perspectives on entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurial process is studied by examining the role of individuals, new ventures, and established organizations in the discovery, evaluation, and exploitation of economic opportunities. Emphasis is placed on tracing the evolution of entrepreneurship theories over time. (Requisites: ACCT 3770 and Senior only; Credit Hours: 3)

Entrepreneurship Elective Courses


  • BUSL 3780 - Legal Aspects of EntrepreneurshipThe course is designed for students who want to start, join or invest in a start-up or new business at any time during their career. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the legal concepts that are an integral part of decision making from the time an entrepreneur conceives, starts to build and obtains financing from venture capitalists and other funding sources for a new company, throughout the life-cycle of the firm including development of exit strategies for that company. Particular emphasis is placed on maximizing the value of intellectual property in knowledge-based industries. The course should have particular appeal to students considering careers in high tech, biotech, telecommunications, media and entertainment, venture capital, financial services and pharmaceuticals. (Credit Hours: 3)
  • LPA 4710 - Social EntrepreneurshipSocial entrepreneurship, a rapidly growing sector locally, nationally, and globally, entails the pursuit of innovative approaches to creating and delivering public value by solving persistent social problems. This course is designed to expose students to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of social entrepreneurship in institutional, organizational, and social domains. (Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3400 - Organizational BehaviorExamines the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Focus on high performance and satisfaction in the modern workplace, and in context of cultural diversity, globalization, ethical behavior, and social responsibility. Designed to enhance career readiness in management and team leadership. (Requisites: Junior or Senior; Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3650 - International Market Assessment and EntryExamination of concepts, frameworks and tools for assessing international market opportunities and for selecting and implementing appropriate means of international market entry. (Requisites: COB or IB Certificate and (Junior or Senior); Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3710 - Business Plan Design
    Provides students with an understanding of the elements and uses of a business plan. Students will build a business plan from the concept stage through a final document that could be presented to financial investors, venture capitalists or loan sources in starting up a new venture. (Requisites: Junior or Senior; Credit Hours: 3)
  • MGT 3720 - Technology Commercialization
    Develop a student’s ability to find, evaluate, and develop raw technical ideas into commercially viable product concepts, and build those into business propositions. (Requisites: Junior or Senior; Credit Hours: 3)
  • MKT 4900 - Special Topics in Marketing
    Selected topics of current interest in marketing area (Requisites: Permission required; Credit Hours: 3

The goal of this entrepreneurship program is to provide students with an in-depth and rigorous study of the field of entrepreneurship. A primary focus is in honing the ability of students to either start a new venture or develop the ability to meaningfully contribute in a corporate entrepreneurial setting.