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New Undergraduate Concentration!

NLU’s new concentration in Entrepreneurship will complement your bachelor’s degree with a set of career-enhancing skills that can help you start your own business or make a meaningful impact as an intrapreneur in any organization.

This four-course concentration can help prepare you to become a practical innovator through developing great ideas, planning actions necessary to bring these ideas to life, and dealing with challenges any entrepreneur faces during the self-starter journey. In this Entrepreneurship program, students will develop and sharpen skills that are critical in initiating projects and ventures of their own, building on existing ideas, or while working for large organizations as intrapreneurs.

Consider enhancing your degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship if you:

  • Want to enrich your undergraduate experience with a set of career-enhancing skills that will help you to start your own business or be a more effective contributor in a for-profit, non-profit, or government organization.
  • Wish to sharpen your communication, persuasion, expert selling, and leadership skills — some of the most important skills in any professional or personal setting.
  • Want to establish a broad foundation in small business management skills.
  • Are excited about immersing yourself in project-based and team-based assignments as well as a capstone in entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship concentration can be added to nine bachelor’s degree programs without adding additional requirements. These programs are: Applied Behavioral Sciences, Applied Communications, Business AdministrationCriminal Justice, Health Care Leadership, Human Services, Management, Management Information Systems and Psychology.

Entrepreneurship Requirements

Take these four courses online or on campus as your general electives. Work with your advisor for specifics.


In this course, students explore entrepreneurship, its challenges and rewards, and the utilization of entrepreneurial skills in start-ups, franchises, small business, corporate, government, and social enterprise settings.  Students engage in the process of generating, evaluating, critiquing, and selecting creative ideas, and identifying further steps for making such ideas come to fruition – in other words, making innovation practical. Prerequisite(s): None.

This course integrates the core concepts of entrepreneurship with skills and knowledge required for managing a small business.   Students review major areas of small business operations, such as legal setup and obligations to the government and employees, banking and financing, accounting, reading basic financial statements, staff hiring and human resource issues, marketing, technology, procurement, sales and customer service, location selection and facility management, and partnerships and outsourcing.  Students also explore issues related to franchising, buying, and selling of small businesses. Prerequisite(s): None.

This course explores some of the most important roles of a successful entrepreneur – leading people, managing resources, and selling their product or service to external and internal customers.  Students identify how leadership theories can be applied in entrepreneurial settings, develop skills in managing themselves and others, study and practice expert selling skills, and analyze risks associated with decision-making. Prerequisite(s): None.

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply their entrepreneurship skills to a hands-on project.  Working in teams, students will identify, assess, and select an idea for a product or service, draft a business plan, create a prototype, and pitch their product or service to a jury.  Alternatively, students will identify a real-world organizational problem and design an entrepreneurial solution to the problem that addresses constraints faced by a business, non-profit, or government organization, presenting their formal proposal to the organization’s principals. Prerequisite(s): At least two out of the following three courses: MGT476, Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation; MGT477, Entrepreneur as Manager, Leader, and Salesperson; or MGT484, Small Business Management; or permission of the Program Chair/Director, College Dean, or designee.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to the program for which you are applying this concentration to.

Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist.


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