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MBA in Entrepreneurship Online Master's Program

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Lead in Small Business

  • Just over $19K total tuition
  • Earn credentials along the way
  • Complete in about 1 year
  • Learn to operate your own small business
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • No GRE/GMAT required

Entrepreneurship MBA Online Program Overview

Learn how to research, analyze and develop new business opportunities with a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Southern New Hampshire University. A degree that fits right into your life, our revised online MBA program allows you to learn while you earn, with opportunities for credentials built right into the program.

Here, you'll be able to explore strategies for launching and operating your own business. You'll also critically evaluate existing and potential franchise businesses while gaining practical strategic knowledge and business skills based on best practices being used by today's top companies and most successful entrepreneurs. Additionally, skills such as leading organizations through change, innovation and strategy, measuring success and optimizing brands will effectively contribute to your work as a successful entrepreneur.

Designed for budding entrepreneurs, current business owners and corporate executives, the MBA in Entrepreneurship is efficient at 30-credits for just over $19k, but students will still find the rigor and complexity expected from a Master of Business Administration program. It will also give you the opportunity to learn from business professionals with hands-on experience in their given fields. You'll learn from business owners and entrepreneurs alike, with specialized experience in their given disciplines. In fact, many are adjunct instructors who currently practice their trades full-time and are able to offer timely insight into entrepreneurial ventures, which means you'll have the chance to learn from the best.

The coursework in this program is readily applicable to the real-world challenges you could face as an entrepreneur, and can prepare you to take on the twists and turns of your new career path. You'll have the opportunity to practice scenario-based learning, work in a collaborative environment with your peers and develop projects that serve your business needs while becoming a stronger, more capable leader in the business venture you choose to pursue after college. And, because you can complete this program in about a year, you could be on your way to your entrepreneurship dreams sooner than you think.

Through your traditional MBA courses and masters in entrepreneurship courses, you'll gain a unique and relevant perspective on evaluating risk and capitalizing on business opportunities that affect today's top business owners.

What You'll Learn

  • Data analysis & interpretation skills to inform decisions
  • Adaptable strategy development & advancement
  • Models & processes to improve organizations
  • Strong leadership & collaboration approaches
  • Planning techniques to articulate organizational culture

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

According to the 2021 GMAC Enrolled Student Survey, nearly 8 in 10 enrolled students agreed that a graduate business education is a worthwhile investment, even in times of economic uncertainty.1 This is true even under the unprecedented circumstances created by the global pandemic, with the majority of respondents reportedly feeling confident in their employability.1

Employer demand also appears to be on the rise, according to the 2021 GMAC Demand for Graduate Management Talent Survey.2 This is largely fueled by a rapidly evolving technology sector. Given the more immediate challenges caused by COVID-19, qualified business school grads are more needed than ever to rethink business models and spearhead holistic restructuring.2

Courses in the MBA in Entrepreneurship cover key areas of running a business – including small business management, consulting and franchising – so you can pave your own way and help empower others to do the same.

These skills are now more critical than ever, as professionals in the field must work to differentiate themselves in a more competitive and fast-paced landscape. This includes those looking to grow in their current roles, and those looking to create more value for the companies where they are already working and hope to remain in the longterm.

An entrepreneurship MBA online degree can help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to lead businesses to success. After earning this degree, you may be able to apply what you've learned to launch your own company, advance in your current position or prepare for executive level leadership.

Those who earn an entrepreneurship MBA may pursue highly rewarding work across many different industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, top executives – a job title many entrepreneurs hold – earned a median annual wage of $99,980 in May 2021.3

And, while every career path takes hard work and dedication, becoming an entrepreneur certainly has unique challenges as well as many benefits. During a time when so many people are working from home, and are facing new daily routines and opportunities, this career path could offer the flexibility you're looking for.

Dr. Joseph Ahlo with the text Dr. Joseph Ahlo

"This forward-looking degree cultivates students for the future of management and business," said Dr. Joseph Ahlo, an SNHU instructor and the head of marketing and technologies at a green-focused technologies firm. "We are in the midst of another massive transformation in the world of work. This MBA is designed with the intent of preparing learners to excel in times of sudden change, turning upsets into opportunities." states that in addition to knowledge and education, the personal attributes of positivity, vision and courage are the building blocks to becoming a successful entrepreneur during this time.4 Luckily, earning your MBA in Entrepreneurship will give you the opportunity to learn all sides of running a business from experienced professors with hands-on experience in the field. In this program, you'll learn marketing and brand management, innovation, strategy and even measuring success as a business owner. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to practice resilience and hone in on your vision. also lists compelling reasons why someone would want to become an entrepreneur in the first place, including creativity that doesn't necessarily fit a corporate environment, wanting a more flexible lifestyle, being passionate about learning, seeing the world unconventionally and being a go-getter.4 If this sounds like you, take the first step toward starting and running a successful company by enrolling in an entrepreneurial MBA program.

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for top executives — a job title many entrepreneurs hold — are expected to grow 3% through 2032.3


The median annual salary for top executives was $100,090 in 2022.3


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.

Where Could You Work?

Small Business

Manage the growth, stability, direction and daily operation of your own company.


Develop processes and strategies that will help a company meet its goals and increase profitability.


Support a brand's development through social media strategy, partnerships and advertising.


Analyze organizational practices, identify weaknesses and recommend solutions.


Conduct business using a franchisor's trademark, trade name and business model.

Financial Advisement

Guide businesses/individuals in monetary business decisions to support sound investments and returns.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online MBA in Entrepreneurship Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Southern New Hampshire University's MBA in Entrepreneurship provides an examination of how to research and analyze new business ventures along with a foundation of time-tested business strategies. Through core courses in subjects such as innovation, strategic decision-making, optimizing brands and measuring success, along with concentrated courses in entrepreneurship, you'll gain a well-rounded skillset that can be applied in any industry. Those with non-business academic backgrounds may be required to take foundation courses as well.

By earning your MBA, entrepreneurship can become a more reachable reality. In this program, you'll explore courses with content that you can apply directly toward your entrepreneurial ventures, including:

  • Leading People and Organizations
  • Organization Strategy in a Global Environment
  • Optimizing Brands
  • Leading Organizational Change

In the entrepreneurship MBA program, you'll also explore the process of launching a business, product or service. You'll study small business management, and learn the ins and outs of creating and sustaining a business from scratch. From evaluating opportunities to exploring how to finance your business and find investors, you'll have the chance to learn about employment law and how to measure your company's success.

The program is integrated with dynamic learning experiences and formats including:

  • Scenario-based learning: Practice and problem-solve within real-world business scenarios and while your instructors act as mentors.
  • Multimedia content: Watch video featuring industry leaders sharing business insights and collaborate using video communication tools.
  • Leading industry research: Analyze carefully selected, relevant source material from leading professional organizations and publications.
  • Embedded credentials: Enhance your learnings and overall marketability with integrated and optional credentialing opportunities. Gain skills with tools such as Power BI, MS Excel and Tableau, along with soft skills such as human intelligence and strategy implementation.

Courses in the concentration includes:

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: This course is a study of entrepreneurship and small businesses from a management standpoint and includes the analysis of research, marketing, taxes, forms of business, capital and venture capital opportunities. Students complete a real-world project or Small Business Institute consultancy.
  • Consulting: Students examine consulting, from defining what a consultant is to analyzing the problems and expenses involved in starting a consulting business. Topics include promotion, establishment of a client list and consulting and contracts.
  • Franchising: Topics include research, analysis, evaluation, financing and legal requirements of existing and potential franchises. Also included are methodologies of the franchise agreement, the operating manual, the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) and research and marketing theory and practice. Students prepare a research paper based on a real or proposed franchise. The course also examines international franchising.

Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an bachelor's in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track online MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your MBA would be 36 credits.

Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. SNHU students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

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 ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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