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Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Small Business

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students are required to hold a bachelor's degree. It could be important to possess an understanding of basic business functions and display strong creative, computer, and analytical skills, as classes are likely to address innovative business development strategies, business technologies, and organizational analysis. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In Walden University's online Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Small Business program, students have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of business startup processes while studying overall business practices and functions. Specialization courses provide study in risk and change management, financing, product development, business innovation, sustainable practices, and small business operations software. The core curriculum offers courses focusing on managerial practices in areas of accounting, finance, information systems, and marketing, as well as those that cover decision-making processes, organizational performance improvement, and business ethics. Students explore sustainable practices and strategies in more depth in the program's capstone, where they will apply concepts to address both opportunities and challenges in modern business settings.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

39 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

Required Courses for a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Small Business:

A total of nine credits in the area of specialization as well as 27 core and core elective credits must be earned in this program. In addition, students must complete a 3-credit capstone course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Business Essentials
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Managing People and Promoting Collaboration
  • Fostering a Culture of Innovation
  • Managing Business Information Systems
  • Improving Business Performance
  • Accounting for Management Decision Making
  • Marketing for Competitiveness
  • Managerial Finance

Core Elective Course (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Communication for Leaders and Managers
    • Competing in the Global Economy
    • Critical Thinking for Effective Management
    • Harnessing the Power of Data and Information
    • Managing First Things First

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies

Specialization Courses: Entrepreneurship and Small Business (9 credits)

  • The Impact of Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship
  • Managing a Sustainable Small Business

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While the MBA - Entrepreneurship and Small Business program is designed to prepare graduates to explore the possibility of starting their own ventures, some graduates might wish to continue their studies in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate would typically be necessary for those who intend to pursue teaching or administrative positions in postsecondary academic settings.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Business Administration - Entrepreneurship

Career Paths:

After earing this MBA degree, graduates might apply their managerial skills and understanding of business development planning to begin their own business venture. They might also quality to assume executive level roles in areas of operations, production, marketing, human resources, or sales.

Likely positions for graduates include:

  • Marketing director
  • Chief operating officer
  • Senior product manager
  • Small business owner
  • Director of operations
  • Business development manager

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