Innovation & Entrepreneurship Major

It starts with an idea. Successful entrepreneurs, however, realize that even the best ideas will go nowhere without a plan - and that the best plans will go nowhere without the will and skill to execute them. Marquette University's major in entrepreneurship is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to know yourself, and to channel your entrepreneurial spirit.

About the major

IDEALISM AND REALISM TOGETHER. Unlike other schools' entrepreneurship programs, Marquette emphasizes a realistic approach to lifelong career planning, not just quick-hitting, fast growth ventures. It's an approach that benefits students who already run their own businesses, as well as those preparing for that eventuality.

KNOW YOURSELF. You'll learn to recognize which business opportunities fit best with the type of person you are intellectually, socially and, yes, even spiritually. A well-planned curriculum combined with classroom visits from a diverse set of successful entrepreneurs and consultants will give you a person-centered approach to entrepreneurship.

BEGIN NETWORKING NOW. Make connections through Marquette University's Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship. The Golden Angels Network brings successful business owners together with students in the classroom and provides early opportunities for start-up investment, mentoring and advising all of which are vital to future entrepreneurs.

To complete the requirements for a major in Entrepreneurship, students need to complete coursework as specified below:

Specific Entrepreneurship Requirements

27 Credits

  • ENTP 3001 (Understanding Entrepreneurship) 3 credits
  • ENTP 4010 (New Venture Creation) 3 credits
  • ENTP 4020 (Consulting to Entrepreneurs) 3 credits or ENTP 4986 Entrepreneurship Internship
  • Two electives from the following:
    • ENTP 4041 (International Entrepreneurial Sustainability)
    • ENTP 4080 (Entrepreneurial Finance) 3 credits
    • ENTP 4931 (Topics in Entrepreneurship) 3 credits
    • ENTP 4953 (Seminar in Entrepreneurship) 3 credits
    • ACCO 4080 (Analysis of Corporate Financial Statements) 3 credits
    • BULA 4001 (Business Law) 3 credits
    • MANA 3034 (Negotiations and New Ventures) 3 credits
    • MANA 4010 (Motivation and Leadership) 3 credits
    • MARK 4060 (Marketing Research) 3 credits
    • MARK 4094 (Professional Selling) 3 credits
    • REAL 3001 (Intro to Commercial Real Estate) 3 credits
    • NOTE: Other business electives may be submitted; consult Entrepreneurship Advisor
  • Four Business Electives (12 credits) 

NOTE: One International Business Course is required (within or outside your major).

Additional business & non-business course requirements

In addition to the requirements for the major, all students in the College of Business Administration complete business core courses, the Marquette University core of common studies, and non-business electives.

Social Entrepreneurship within the Entrepreneurship Major and Minor

The Entrepreneurship Major and Minor are individualized programs that naturally accommodate all (legal and ethical) forms of entrepreneurship. For students interested in social entrepreneurship, it works as follows:

  • ENTP 3001 focuses on individual self-discovery, including spiritual life, and exposures students to religious motivations for ventures and to social entrepreneurs as class guests (e.g. Jean Davidson of the Yell and Tell foundation and Steve Wallace of Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co. - facilities in Ghana). Students do a self-portrait essay and projects towards a venture, which is a social venture if that is their choosing. They also use a non-prose medium to depict the customer or client experience of their venture. This of course can also be for a social venture.
  • ENTP 4010 is a business plan course, in which students interested in social ventures can write their plans for such purposes.

    Students then take an elective and an experiential course. The elective can be:  ENTP 4931, the Social Entrepreneurship course, will be getting a permanent course number. If they choose ENTP 4931, International Entrepreneurship, which will be ENTP 4040, it includes cases and readings on social ventures, and students can select their project topic in the social entrepreneurship area. For the experiential course, we prefer that they take it in their home department. If they cannot find one that fits their needs, they can take: ENTP 4020 (Consulting to entrepreneurs), in which students can select a social venture entrepreneur as their client. Though it is not required in the academic program, the Business Plan Competition also helps social entrepreneurs develop their ventures.