Our innovative program gives you a strong foundation in sound business practices, sharpens your business management skills and teaches you how to think like an entrepreneur. You’ll work on team and individual projects to develop and improve business ideas and also have the opportunity to promote the feasibility of your ideas in regional and national business plan competitions.
Course options include a wide breadth of topics, such as Entrepreneurial Creativity, Opportunity Recognition and Negotiation, and Supply Chain Management. You’ll learn from a rich network of faculty and staff that provides the guidance necessary to launch a business or join a burgeoning company.
In the classroom, during internships and at networking events, you can tap into the expertise and experience of local and national company executives, as well as small business owners who have achieved success.
Cutting the line
When Quinnipiac University student Stefano Clemente needed to look his professional best, there was no need to stray far from his residence hall to get a fresh haircut. “I’ve got to look good for the career fair,” he said as he climbed into Cameron Burbank’s recreational vehicle that sets up shop in the Hilltop parking lot on the Mount Carmel Campus. Burbank, a junior entrepreneurship major at Quinnipiac, owns Burbank’s Mobile Barber Shop.
Burbank, of Ithaca, New York, said he eventually pitched his idea for a mobile barber shop to Dale Jasinski, associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at Quinnipiac. Jasinski suggested that Burbank put together a proposal and present it at the Connecticut State Business Plan Competition, which was two days away. Burbank ended up winning the contest.
Burbank’s vision became a reality in June when he purchased a 2006 NuWa Hitchhiker II LS. He worked tirelessly to turn the RV into a barber shop, complete with four barber stations, a bathroom, a reception desk, a waiting area, a couch, a powerful generator and hot and cold running water. Business has been steady. “It surely has its stressful moments, but, for the most part, it’s been fun,” he said, adding that Quinnipiac and his parents have been very supportive of his business. “Everyone who comes in here wants to look good. They want to go get a job, they want to look good for their friends or they want to go impress somebody.” Burbank wants to take his barber shop to nearby colleges and universities in the immediate future. His long-term goal is to lease similar mobile shops to master barbers.
A lifetime of achievement
Margaret Goralski, assistant teaching professor of entrepreneurship & strategy, is an active member within the university as well as the business world. Goralski was recently recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th Annual Conference of the International Academy of Business Disciplines, where she serves as vice president of publications. This nonprofit organization was established to foster and promote education in all business disciplines. It facilitates an international exchange of information, ideas and research, and seeks to bridge the gap between business theory and practice.
Goralski’s research on the rise of artificial intelligence and its effect on business has made its way into several publications. In 2018, she received an Albert Schweitzer Institute Faculty Fellowship to explore how ethics and morals are being embedded into artificial intelligence, and what is necessary for AI to behave in an ethical and moral way.
Goralski truly understands the effect of culture on business and bestows these ideals onto her students. “In my career, I’ve learned a lot about not just business, but cultures,” Goralski said. “I tell my students all the time that when a problem arises in business, it’s usually a cultural one.”
Your career starts here
Every successful entrepeneur knows the importance of building a strong foundation consisting of of education, instinct and foresite, and we're here to help you along the way. Through a variety of internships, networking opportunities and access to recruiters from many of the most sought after corporations, we help you prepare for a long career filled with success.
Visit our Career Development page to learn more about the many opportunities we offer, here on campus and through our vast network from around the entire country and around the globe.Career Development
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Curriculum
Students majoring in entrepreneurship are required to complete 122 credits.
|Business Core Curriculum|
|Complete the Business Core Curriculum||43|
|Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business||34|
|Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Core|
|ENT 210||Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking and Practice||3|
|ENT 250||Entrepreneurial Skills||3|
|ENT 310||Creativity and Innovation||3|
|ENT 320||Small Business Marketing||3|
|ENT 330||Entrepreneurial Finance||3|
|ENT 340||Opportunity Recognition and Negotiation||3|
|ENT 410||New Venture Creation||3|
|Select three of the following entrepreneurship electives:||9|
|Creating New Enterprises|
|Special Topics in Entrepreneurship|
|Family or Small Business Financing|
|Small and Family Business|
|Managing the Family or Small Business|
|Business Plan Competition 1|
|Entrepreneurial Implementation I|
|Entrepreneurial Implementation II|
|Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship|
|Supply Chain Logistics and Technology|
|International Business Immersion|
|Select 15 credits||15|
ENT 371 is a repeatable 1-credit course that can be taken up to six times. The credit will count as an ENT elective if taken three times. The credit will count as an open elective if taken once or twice.
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Enrollment and Graduation Data
Enrollment and number of graduates
Number of entrepreneurship and small business management program graduates:
- 2017-18: 28
- 2016–17: 28
- 2015–16: 37
- 2014–15: 31
- 2013–14: 27
Student enrollment in entrepreneurship and small business management in 2017–18: 101
Retention and graduation rates
- School of Business freshman retention rate: 87%
- School of Business 6-year graduation rate: 75%
- School of Business graduate placement rate: 99%
Median starting salary
Median starting salary for program graduates: $56,000