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Entrepreneurship Degree Online BS in Business Administration Concentration

Matthew Daigneau, who earned his degree from SNHU, standing outside in front of a small tree wearing his cap and gown and holding his diploma.

Cost per credit $330

Total courses 40

Term length 8 weeks

Program Overview Why get an entrepreneurship degree online?

Small businesses are thriving. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses employ 46% of private-sector employees.1 By earning your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, you could become a proud small business owner too.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Broad business principles
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership practices
  • Market research
Scott Saktanaset sitting in a restaurant and typing on a laptop computer.

Courses & Curriculum Take the lead with entrepreneurship degree online classes

SNHU offers many benefits to the budding entrepreneur. Some of these include in-depth coursework, networking opportunities and student support in the form of academic and career advisors, who can help guide you on your journey to your degree.

Degree Courses

Entrepreneurship degree online classes

With courses focused on small business management and hands-on experiential learning opportunities, you'll leave this program with the knowledge, skills and confidence to turn your great idea into a thriving business venture.

Courses may include:

Course ID: BUS 307
The study begun in Business Law I continues as the topics of commercial paper, real and personal property, creditors' rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, estate planning and government regulation of business are explored.
Course ID: OL 215
This course is designed to examine the fundamentals and principles of management in order to develop an understanding of management in any formal organization. Special attention is paid to planning and decision-making. International management is also covered. Writing Intensive Course.
Course ID: OL 317
The problems involved in starting and operating a successful small business, selecting the location, determining how to borrow money, budgeting and credit are discussed.
Course ID: OL 320
This course focuses on the factors that contribute to the personal success of entrepreneurs and affect successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is also studied. Case studies, contemporary readings and simulations are used.
Course ID: OL 321
Students will prepare, either individually or in teams, a comprehensive business plan for a new venture.

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Upcoming term starts: October 28, 2024 | January 06, 2025

Next term starts:
Sept. 02, 2024

Online Student Experience What’s it like going to SNHU?

Attending college online at SNHU can be a life-changing experience. In fact, 93.2% of online students would recommend SNHU according to a 2023 survey with 21,000+ respondents.

What to expect:

8-week terms

Learn around your schedule

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What does an online course look like?

You’ll take your courses within SNHU’s Brightspace platform. This is where you’ll find your:

  • Schedule of weekly assignments
  • Discussion boards
  • Grades
  • Instructor announcements
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You’ll fill out one form to verify your high school completion or GED. Then, if you’ve attended college before, you’ll submit a form for each school so we can request your transcripts for you. (Also for free!)

After reviewing your official evaluation, you can decide if SNHU is right for you! If you choose to enroll, just pick your start date and get ready for classes to begin.

Talk to an admission counselor: 888.327.SNHU | enroll@snhu.edu

Accreditations

SNHU is accredited by the regional accreditor the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which means we meet certain standards of academic quality, and have the tools and resources necessary for students to be successful. The university also carries specialized accreditations for some programs.

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Tuition Cost & Savings College can be more affordable than you think

As a nonprofit university, SNHU offers some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country. And when you work with our Financial Services team, we'll explore ways to help you save even more on your education – and customize a payment plan that works for you.

Online undergraduate programs

Student
Cost per credit
Cost per course
Cost for 120-credit degree*
Full- and part-time students
$330
$990
$39,600
Active-duty military and spouses | Full- and part-time students**
$231
$693
$27,720

*before previously earned credits are applied

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

**Note: Students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional costs: Course materials vary by course.

Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

$9,900 $14,850 $19,800 $24,750 $29,700
Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

If 30 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $29,700

If 45 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $24,750

If 60 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $19,800

If 75 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $14,850

If 90 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $9,900

How we estimate your tuition cost:

We look at the cost per credit multiplied by the number of credits you need to earn for a bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degrees require 120 credits. SNHU allows you to transfer in up to 90 credits, requiring a minimum of 30 credits to be taken at SNHU. This is only a tuition estimator, and doesn't account for other fees that may be associated with your program of choice.

Career Outlook What can I do with an entrepreneurship degree?

Beyond just contributing to the overall health of our economy, small businesses can also have a profound impact on diversity within the workforce and in providing opportunities to all communities – not just a select few. 

According to the Census Bureau, in 2021, there were about 5.9 million small businesses in total, of which, 1.2 million (21%) were minority owned, 1.3 million (22%) were owned by women and 304,823 (5.2%) were veteran owned.2 Launching a small business creates opportunity where it may not have been before – as well as grows local economies and community engagement.

Occupations

With a degree in entrepreneurship, you can decide the direction of your career. Some occupations you might consider include:

Help fill a gap in the market by creating a new business or product. While entrepreneurship comes with risks, hard work can pay off as your business grows.

Being a business owner gives you autonomy for the work you do. Track revenue and inventory, manage staff and payroll and all aspects of running a business.

Run your own business, hire and manage staff, track revenue and manage all aspects of the business with the added security that an established company can provide.

900K+

Business and financial occupations added to the workforce each year through 2032, projected by the U.S. bureau of Labor Statistics.3

$79K+

Median annual wage within the business and financial industry in May 2023, according to the BLS.3

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

What SNHU students are saying

Ariel Dorsey '19 '21 '22.
Ariel Dorsey '19 '21 '22.
My concentration in entrepreneurship felt like an incentive to my program. All I've ever wanted was to be an independent professional owning my businesses – but also have the option to aid other businesses in their development.
Ariel Dorsey '19 '21 '22

Frequently Asked Questions
Your questions, answered

Not only can you earn a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship, you can earn one online at your own pace, from a highly regarded and accredited business program.

In the business entrepreneurship degree program, you'll complete general education courses as well as major courses for a bachelor’s in business administration. You'll then complete an additional 15 credits in courses designed specifically to prepare you for a career creating and managing small to medium-sized businesses.

By focusing on entrepreneurship, you can combine the functional areas of business, such as finance and accounting, human resources and marketing, into a specialized business focus. You'll also learn about business law, how to create a business plan and how to identify and overcome common pitfalls that most new businesses face.

All of this together can help prepare you to graduate and develop a new business of your own.

Earning an entrepreneurship degree depends on you and your career goals. There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to starting your own business, if that's what you're interested in. From writing your business plan and finding funding for your small to medium-sized business, to choosing a name for your company and making it legal, a degree in entrepreneurship will prepare you for the road ahead.

If learning about small business management and business law interests you, and if you seek a career developing and managing one or more small to medium-sized businesses, an entrepreneurship degree could be the right choice for you.

For Jennifer Wysocki '21, SNHU's entrepreneurship concentration seemed like the "obvious choice" based on what she wanted to accomplish in her business. 

"Earning my degree has helped me understand the various components of running a nonprofit organization," said Wysocki. "I wanted my business administration degree to provide me with advanced knowledge and skills to run a successful farm and farm store operation with plans to expand in the near future."

One of the greatest benefits of earning a business entrepreneurship degree from Southern New Hampshire University is the opportunity to learn from faculty who are working professionals in the field. Every instructor has real-world, hands-on experience in the field of business entrepreneurship. They come to SNHU not only to teach course material, but to help each student succeed in the field of business.

This business administration and entrepreneurship degree can provide the foundation you need to succeed with courses in economics, statistics and writing. You’ll also learn about human resources, finance and marketing for business.

Each class is taught by experts in the field. You'll also have the opportunity to customize your degree with additional courses specific to entrepreneurship. You can explore topics such as small business design and management, business law and accounting for small to medium-sized businesses.

An online entrepreneurship degree allows you to customize your learning experience. You'll have the chance to learn how to start and run a business from the ground up. Planning, starting, operating and even protecting a business so that it can flourish are all aspects that are covered in studying for a business entrepreneurship degree.

Bernice Bain with the text Bernice Bain"The business administration concentration in entrepreneurship course content is designed for learners with entrepreneurial passions and goals of small to medium business ventures," said Dr. Bernice Bain, associate dean at SNHU. "It provides an introduction to various functional business areas from an entrepreneurial lens."

Once you've completed your undergraduate studies, or, if you already have your bachelor's degree, you can further advance your education with an online MBA – which offers a master's in entrepreneurship concentration – or explore dozens of other career-focused online master's degrees.

Many entrepreneurship degrees are part of a bachelor’s degree in business or other related fields. Bachelor’s degrees are typically 120 credits and could take up to 4 years to complete. If you've already completed some college-level coursework, you likely have credits that can transfer into your program. This can reduce the time it takes to complete your degree even more.

At SNHU, you'll work closely with our team of professional admission counselors to ensure that you receive the appropriate transfer credits for prior coursework. Academic advisors can also help you design the pacing for your degree so that your education suits your lifestyle.

The online format means you can complete your work whenever works best for you. You can even submit assignments any time, day or night, within each module, and you'll receive meaningful feedback and guidance from your instructor quickly.

The beauty of a business entrepreneurship degree is that it can take you in so many different directions. You can chart your own path and create your own business opportunities.

This degree can help you strengthen your oral and written communication skills and analytical skills. It can also help you strengthen your knowledge of business law and finance. Because an entrepreneurship degree is so comprehensive, you can graduate with knowledge of marketing and human resources as well.

Some key professional roles you may want to consider with an entrepreneurship degree are:

  • Business owner or founder - A degree in entrepreneurship lays the groundwork for owning a business. This could be a business that you conceive of and build from the ground up. You may want a business partner or choose to buy and manage an existing franchise. No matter what type of business you own, with an entrepreneurship degree, you can be ready to help that business thrive.
  • Business consultant - As an expert in the field of creating and managing small to medium-sized businesses, you may wish to advise others on strategy and planning for their own business ventures. You may develop expertise in writing business plans or marketing plans. Perhaps you want to focus on staff recruiting and management. Or, you may even offer comprehensive consulting services, pulling all these skills together to help others execute their own entrepreneurial vision.
  • Sales representative - Sales can be a dynamic and lucrative career, with opportunities in companies big and small. A good salesperson is an expert communicator – someone who can enjoy a long career helping to provide goods and services that others need to achieve their goals.
  • Operations manager - With a degree in entrepreneurship, starting as an operations manager would be a great foot in the door to the business world. An operations manager is responsible for making sure an organization runs properly. Operations managers tend to be big-picture thinkers and decision-makers who are excellent at time management, creating budgets, making sure orders are fulfilled on time, and ensuring the business has the tools and resources it needs to succeed.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - With experience and dedication, you could eventually earn this coveted title. Later down the line, if you were to move on to a mid to large-sized business, you could be responsible for developing a company's overarching mission and core values, as well as implementing short-term and long-term strategic goals.

To study entrepreneurship is to study the functional areas of business. This includes accounting, finance, human resources and marketing. Then, add in the principles of business ownership. This includes business law, small business management, how to write a business plan, how to conduct market research and all aspects of creating and managing small to medium-sized business ventures.

To earn our accredited and highly respected online entrepreneurship degree at SNHU, you'd take courses in the areas of general education that help create the necessary foundation for a successful career in business.

You'd then focus on earning major credits in courses that cover topics such as accounting, finance and marketing. And 15 credits of coursework can build on your business skills, emphasizing the key principles of entrepreneurship.

SNHU allows you to be able to complete your coursework at your pace and on your schedule while learning from experts in the field of business.

Sources & Citations

1U.S. Small Business Administration, Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business 2023, on the internet, at https://advocacy.sba.gov/2023/03/07/frequently-asked-questions-about-small-business-2023/ (viewed March 5, 2024)

2U.S. Census Bureau, Census Bureau Releases New Data on Minority-Owned, Veteran-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses, on the internet, at https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2023/annual-business-survey-employer-business-characteristics.html (viewed March 5, 2024).

3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:

  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm (viewed April 18, 2024)
  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm (viewed April 18, 2024)
  • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/operations-research-analysts.htm (viewed April 18, 2024)

Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.