Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Major

 

Visionaries, pull up a chair.

Spend your senior year at Eller adding an invaluable Entrepreneurship double-major to your degree.

It starts at our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship—and ends anywhere you can dream up. 


Entrepreneurship Major Overview

One of the country's few research university-based undergraduate majors in entrepreneurship, the University of Arizona's award-winning New Venture Development Program at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship offers a one-year interdisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare selected students for success as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Ranked in the nation's top 10 programs, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program integrates theory and application. This is a senior-year program and interested students must complete an application and interview during the winter of their junior year. It is a fall-start program only; courses are not available in the summer.  

Students in the program focus on analysis, decision making and business planning, and benefit from the perspectives of both academic and adjunct faculty, working together to provide integrated and relevant curriculum including the latest business trends and techniques.

Please note that you cannot select this major at the time you apply for Professional Admission. You need to select your primary major at that time, then later apply for Entrepreneurship.

New Venture Development Program

Apply to this year-long, team-based program and work with fellow students, experienced entrepreneurs and mentors to build a new venture from the ground up. You’ll emerge with the skills to hit the ground running in any field of business.

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McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship major falls within the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, a top-ranked center where Eller students truly hone their chops and develop an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset—with the skills and experience to back it up. 

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Entrepreneurship Sample Coursework Plan

How your Eller Entrepreneurship experience can play out:

This is only a sample plan and requirements may change or vary based on catalog year, placement tests, AP/CLEP credit, transfer work, summer school, etc. The official degree requirements are found in the University General Catalog, and all University of Arizona students should refer to their Academic Advisement Report through UAccess for their specific requirements for graduation.

All students enter as Pre-Business students and must go through a competitive and selective Professional Admission process to gain entry to the upper-division professional majors. To pursue the Entrepreneurship major, students must also go through an additional admission process that typically begins in the fall semester of a student’s junior year. To participate in our New Venture Development Program, you’ll want to learn ahead of time about the application process.

The following plan assumes that a student is able to test into College Algebra on the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. Students who test lower than college algebra should refer to the Pre-Business Five-Semester Plan and work with their academic advisor to learn how they can adjust their schedule to meet their educational goals. 

Freshman Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition  
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab  
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
1
3
3

Total

13-17    

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language 
BNAD 100 Language and Context of Business  
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3-7
1

Total

13-17

Summer

Use summer to catch up on math if behind in sequencing based on placement results prior to freshman year.

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ACCT 200* Introduction to Financial Accounting  
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues  
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education or Ethics**
BNAD 200 Career Management in Business  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
1

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting  
BNAD 277* Analytical Methods for Business 
BCOM 214* Fundamentals of Business Communication  
Tier I General Education  
Tier II General Education or Ethics**  
   
Attend Career Showcase and apply for Professional Admissions in February, and attend UA Spring Career Days

3
4
3
3
3

Total

16

Summer
We highly recommend that students participate in a study abroad and career-related experience.

In order to take the following upper-division courses, students must be admitted to the major through a competitive and selective Professional Admission process.  

Junior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 310A Organization Behavior and Management  
MKTG 361 Introduction to Marketing  
BCOM 314R† Business Communication  
FIN 311 Introduction to Finance/FIN 360 Quantitative Finance Management
Tier II General Education

Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ECON 300 Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions  
MIS 373 Basic Operations Management  
MIS 304 Using and Managing Information Systems  
300 or 400-level Minor or General Elective 
Tier II General Education 
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

Summer
Use summer to gain career-related experience through internships, study abroad, or volunteering.

Senior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 402 Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management  
FIN 480 Finance for New Ventures 
ENTR 487 New Venture Development and Industry Analysis 
MKTG 480 Marketing Research for Entrepreneurs 

  
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
4
4
3
 
Total

14

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ECON 330 Macroeconomic and Global Institution Policy 
ENTR 484 Development of New Venture Plans
Ethics
Minor, Electives, or remaining General Education requirements

Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days, and Graduation in May

3
4
3
3-6

Total

13-16

Summer
Enjoy your summer and continue the job search if necessary!

Students can meet the Second Language requirement by demonstrating second semester proficiency through examination or taking any of a variety of second semester language courses. Additionally, one course in the student's degree program must focus on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Non-Western Area Studies. Some General Education classes are designed to fulfill this requirement. Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take BNAD 100 and BNAD 200 to develop their professional knowledge and competencies required for success in the upper division. Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor.

* Eller Foundation Courses: Required to apply for Professional Admission into the Professional Program. Professional Admission is required in order to take all 300 & 400-level Professional Core and Major Courses.

** Business Emphasis Area: Students are required to take one Ethics course. This course must be completed prior to graduation; it does not need to be completed before applying for Professional Admission.

† Students must pass the BCOM 214 or BCOM 314R writing assessment for graduation, otherwise BCOM 315 (2 units) must be completed in addition to the above coursework.


Entrepreneurship Career Resources

See where an Entrepreneurship major can take you.

To summarize, the possibilities are endless. With the skills and experience you’ll gain in a program well recognized among business recruiters, you can step right in to a business leadership role or even launch your own startup.

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