Graduate and Post-Graduate Courses

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This course is required of all MBA students. It provides an opportunity for the student to gain an understanding of entrepreneurship, its importance for an organization and for the economy, and the challenges associated with promoting entrepreneurship within organizations. The course introduces students to the theory and practice of strategic management by providing a foundation to understand the key concepts, processes, and tools of strategic decision-making at the business level. A variety of individual and team-based assignments will be used to validate the concepts presented in this course.

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for leadership roles in small to mid-sized companies. This course focuses on managing and building these businesses into enduring great companies. Although venture initiation is covered in some discussions and cases, the emphasis is on building companies that are past the initial start-up phase. Students are exposed to some of the practical realities, transition points, issues and dilemmas that are particularly relevant to smaller companies. Prerequisites: none.

During the last two decades, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking have been the engine behind industry and job growth in the U.S. Many large firms want to replicate an entrepreneurial environment within their organizations to secure their future. While some observers maintain that corporate entrepreneurship is an oxymoron, others have noted the success of entrepreneurial ventures within the corporate environment in firms such as 3M, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, and Motorola. The course - using lectures, real world cases, and guest lecturers - examines three types of corporate entrepreneurship: (1) new strategic direction, (2)  initiative from below, and (3)  autonomous business creation.
Prerequisites: basic accounting and finance.

Family businesses are an important force in the US economy. They employ over 50% of the workforce, account for nearly 50% of GNP, and represent over one-third of the Fortune 500. These businesses can be found in all sizes and every industry. Family businesses are two very different organizations with very different social dynamics and synergies combined into one. The course is designed to be participatory. Besides lectures, class time is devoted to discussions of the daily topic, case studies, and reading; interaction with guest speakers; and in-class negotiation, role playing, and conflict resolution exercises. Prerequisites: none.

This course covers the aspects of entrepreneurial finance including leveraged buy-outs, venture capital, commercial lending, the informal investor market, initial and secondary public offerings, investor expectations and negotiations, and non-traditional sources of financing. Emphasis is on the financing elements that make deals succeed. There also is analysis of established companies and internal corporate ventures, as well as start-up companies.
Prerequisites: basic accounting and finance.

The purpose of the entrepreneurship seminar is to examine new developments in entrepreneurship practice. An important recent trend is to view entrepreneurship as a process consisting of a series of tasks that must be performed well for success. The seminar uses real-world cases to investigate the entrepreneurial process, beginning with opportunity recognition and evaluation and ending with harvesting and distributing value. Depending on the needs and career goals of the students, final projects may include writing research papers, case studies, or feasibility studies.
Prerequisites: courses in accounting, finance, and marketing.

Students are permitted to find special projects that will enhance their career goals. A guided study project can be designed with the guidance of an Entrepreneurial Studies faculty member.
Prerequisites: Department Chair approval

This course immerses students in strategic planning, financing and growing of a business or a new venture within an existing business. Under the guidance of a faculty member, student teams partner with the management teams of real businesses to create and develop an entrepreneurial strategy and a business plans. Each team develops its business plan to provide an integrated framework for profitable growth in the context of the venture's strategic objectives. The course provides hands-on fieldwork in which students apply concepts they have acquired in their previous course work in addition to their professional experiences. Client companies typically cover a wide range of industries, markets, sizes, and growth opportunities. MBA Capstone course; available to every MBA candidate.MBA Capstone course; available to every MBA candidate.

Post-MBA Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies

For those who have already received a Master of Business Administration degree or other business-related graduate degree, this program offers a concentration of courses in Entrepreneurial Studies. Courses should be completed within three years.
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MBA Major and Post-MBA Certificate** Requirements

Choose four: 

     Management of Small Business (ENTR6100)**
     Corporate Entrepreneurship (ENTR6200) 
     Family Business Management (ENTR6300)
     Entrepreneurial Finance (ENTR6500)**
     Seminar in Entrepreneurship (ENTR7000)**
     Guided Study-Entrepreneurial Studies (ENTR7100)

plus Venture Creation, Development and Financing (ENTR7802)**
This course is the required capstone for MBA E.S. Majors

Post-MBA Electives**(choose one): 

 Corporate Entrepreneurship (ENTR6200)
 Family Business Management (ENTR6300)
 Guided Study - Entrepreneurial Studies (ENTR7100)

 * Electives may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair, Dr. Caroline Muñoz.