MBA: Entrepreneurship Specialization

Program Overview

Direct your own future as an entrepreneur.

Learn what it takes to launch a product or business with Utica College's online Master of Business Administration with the Entrepreneurship specialization. This program is perfect for early- or mid-career professionals who are motivated to bring a business idea to fruition.

Learn what it takes to launch a product or business with Utica College's online Master of Business Administration with the Entrepreneurship specialization. This program is perfect for early- or mid-career professionals who are motivated to bring a business idea to fruition.

Gain a Foundation for Building Businesses

You'll be introduced to the fundamental concepts supporting contemporary business models. You'll also examine the critical components necessary for launching and growing a new business such as audience and market analysis, diverse revenue streams, user engagement and experience, and prototype development.

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          Career Outlook

          Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, small businesses make up 99.9 percent of the U.S. economy,1 with venture capital investment reaching its highest level ever in 2017 at $148 billion.2

          Career Spotlight: CEO


          Provide overall direction for a large company or a small business. Manage operations through the facilitation of efficient and effective policies and procedures, and—through working with other executive-level colleagues—ensure that overall organizational goals are met in a timely manner.3

          Career Spotlight: Innovation Consultant


          Help teach and support an organization to organically bring innovation into their culture. Work with leaders to understand hiring practices, innovation goals, and ideation strategies. Help identify new markets to keep an organization competitive with out-of-the-box thinking.4

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Venture Capitalist
          • Chief Marketing Officer
          • Chief Technology Officer
          • Chief Financial Officer
          • Chief Innovation Officer


          Curriculum: Harness the Skills Needed for Today's Entrepreneur

          Utica College's Entrepreneurship specialization MBA program is built on a foundation of cutting-edge business knowledge and designed to give you the skills to excel in the world of small business. Through 10 business foundation courses and 12 credits of graduate-level electives in entrepreneurship, you'll graduate ready to start your own venture or help other organizations succeed.

          Course Spotlight: BUS 517 — Fundamental Models and Concepts

          Explore domestic and global business models that have evolved over the last 30 years. You'll examine one of the most disruptive periods in modern business history and connect the thinking to current and not-yet-established media models.


          Course Spotlight: BUS 627 — Audiences/Markets and Analysis

          Gain an introduction to data-driven methods to recognize changes in the business climate and examine the rise of niche products and services. This course provides a multi-tier approach to audience/market analysis, including real-time shifts, used to evaluate and capitalize upon changes to establish success.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can finish this program in two years of part-time study. The curriculum is made up of 10 core courses, 4 electives in your chosen specialization, and one capstone—each of which requires eight weeks to complete.

          According to Poets & Quants, the outlook for graduates with an MBA is bright and getting brighter:

          • In 2017, the Corporate Recruiters Survey Report found that 86% of companies worldwide plan to hire recent MBA graduates, a seven percent jump from 2016.
          • Salaries are rising alongside job opportunities. The Graduate Management Admission Council reports 52% of employers increased their starting salaries for new MBA hires at or above the inflation rate.
          • In the U.S., the projected median starting base salary for recent MBA graduates was $110,000 in 2017, up $5,000 from 2016.
          • MBA degree holders are in demand across industries and sectors, as in-depth business administration knowledge is required in private, public and governmental organizations.

          Learn more about your career outlook with Utica College's MBA.

          As we created this program, we examined the current state of the business world and the leadership skills that organizations are looking for. Utica College's ACBSP-accredited online MBA program is designed with the needs of these modern companies in mind. Our real-world, application-based approach provides you with proven, relevant skills that are in demand in today's market.

          Plus, this program is flexible and designed to fit your life. You can learn 100-percent online, or you can attend classes on campus. You can engage in live virtual classrooms, or you can watch recorded lectures at your own pace. The way you learn is up to you.

          We also offer a variety of specializations for you to choose from, so you can tailor your learning to your career.

          No. Our online MBA is designed to help a wide range of students ramp up to business expertise. All students, regardless of background, take a pre-assessment test of core business topics.

          Students who do not have an undergraduate business degree will be required to successfully complete short self-study modules and accompanying exams on any topic areas in which they did not test well. These modules will provide students with the basic business knowledge needed to confidently enter our program.

          In addition, the core business classes in the first year are built to ground students in deep, relevant business knowledge.

          The online master of business administration offers you a variety of specializations to choose from. The knowledge you gain will establish you as an enlightened business leader with the breadth of knowledge necessary for data-driven, results-oriented decision-making. You'll choose from these specializations:

          • Finance/Accounting
          • Insurance and Risk Management (IRM)
          • Cybersecurity
          • Cyber Policy
          • Data Analytics
          • Entrepreneurship
          • Health Care Management
          • General: Select any four graduate-level courses and fashion your own elective.

          Learn more about the online MBA curriculum and specializations.

          This program costs $700 per credit and is composed of 30 credits. Learn more about tuition and financial aid for Utica's online MBA.


          1Small Business Association, Office of Advocacy, Frequently Asked Questions. (2016, June). Retrieved November 27, 2018, from
          2Pridham, D. (Jan 2018). Entrepreneurs: Here's Good News for 2018, Retrieved November 27, 2018, from
          3Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2017). "Top Executives." Retrieved November 27, 2018, from
          4ZipRecruiter (November 2018). "Innovation Consultant Salary." Retrieved November 27, 2018, from