Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Program Contact: Patrice Luoma  203-582-8320

Entrepreneurship is an important driver of growth for both the national and international economy. Students are prepared to think innovatively, develop new ideas for existing businesses, and create new business ventures. However, entrepreneurship is even more than the creation of a new business venture. Entrepreneurship encompasses seeking opportunity, identifying and acknowledging risk and, most importantly, persisting until the idea becomes reality. Entrepreneurial thinking can be applied to all contexts and organizations. At Quinnipiac University, we facilitate the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and attitude in our students; this enables them to apply their unique attributes and skills to realize innovative ideas in a variety of settings including profit and not-for-profit organizations, new and existing ventures, and in business and non-business activities. The development of an entrepreneurial mindset creates career opportunities for students whether starting their own business or going to work in a large or small organization.

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program includes a rigorous and rounded academic curriculum complemented by extracurricular and service learning involvement in the region’s business activity. The program develops entrepreneurial thinking, establishes a foundation in sound business practices along with an appreciation and understanding of the arts and sciences, and hones the skills necessary for successful entrepreneurship and small business management. This is accomplished through a distinct and innovative curriculum.

The program is highly experiential, allowing students to work on team and individual projects to develop and improve businesses and business ideas. Students compete in regional and national business plan competitions and interact with various agencies and financial institutions supportive of entrepreneur and small business success. The program includes local, regional and national companies and small business owners sharing their expertise and experiences as an important element in the program’s educational process.

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 Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Core
ENT 210Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking and Practice3
ENT 250Entrepreneurial Skills3
ENT 310Creativity and Innovation3
ENT 320Small Business Marketing3
ENT 330Entrepreneurial Finance3
ENT 340Opportunity Recognition and Negotiation3
ENT 410Creating New Business Models3
Select three of the following entrepreneurship electives:9
Creating Digital Businesses
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Family or Small Business Financing
Social Entrepreneurship
Small and Family Business
Managing the Family or Small Business
Business Plan Competition
Entrepreneurial Implementation I
Entrepreneurial Implementation II
Entrepreneurship Internship
Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship
Transportation and Logistics Management
International Business Immersion
Open Electives
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits122

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with this degree will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Business Knowledge: Students apply basic business theories and concepts to understand and solve business problems.
  2. Business Analytics: Students effectively gather, assess and utilize data to understand, improve and communicate business decisions using Excel and other analytical tools.
  3. Communication: Students communicate business ideas effectively through written communications, oral communications and presentations, and digital media.
  4. Critical Thinking: Students utilize information and research findings to analyze problems and determine appropriate solutions.
  5. Business Ethics: Students apply ethical frameworks to evaluate situations and determine appropriate solutions.
  6. Cultural Adaptability: Students recognize and apply knowledge of diversity within and across individual and groups.
  7. Professionalism: Students exhibit professional behavior, including a strong work ethic in their classes, in their interactions with faculty, staff and colleagues, and in their team assignments.

Admission Requirements: School of Business

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Business programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.

Seamless Transfer Agreement with Gateway Community College (GCC), Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Norwalk Community College (NCC)

Under this Transfer Agreement, GCC, HCC and NCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor’s degree program with third year (junior) status at Quinnipiac University on the condition that they: 

  • Graduate with an associate in arts, an associate in science in business, College of Technology engineering science, nursing or an allied health degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (this may be higher in specific programs). 
  • Satisfy all other Quinnipiac University transfer admission requirements and requirements for intended major.

Suggested Transfer Curriculum for BS in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

A minimum of 60 credits is required for transfer into the BS in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program. Below is a sample plan of study for the first two years prior to matriculation at Quinnipiac University.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
English I 3
Introduction to Business 3
Microeconomics 3
Business Statistics 3
History Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
English II 3
Macroeconomics 3
Financial Accounting 3
Information Systems 3
Marketing 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
Managerial Accounting 3
Finance 3
International Business 3
Management 3
Art Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
Operations Management 3
Business Law 3
Science Elective with Lab 4
Social Science Elective 3
Additional Elective (Business or other) 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits61