A group of students with a female professor having a discussion in the Entrepreneurship IDEA den. A group of students with a female professor having a discussion in the Entrepreneurship IDEA den.

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Program Overview

In our entrepreneurship program, you won’t just learn how to solve problems. You’ll learn to identify and pursue business opportunities. That puts you in a position to launch your own startups, help existing companies tap into new markets, manage small and family owned businesses, lead social enterprises, or put fresh eyes on tough challenges.


Degree Type
Bachelor of Applied Arts (B.A.A.)
On Campus
Credit Hours
21 - 48 Credit Hours

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Few things are as exciting as launching your own business and developing new ventures. Finding a great idea and making it come to life is both daunting and exhilarating.

Our entrepreneurship major and minor will help you do just that. But it isn't only about starting new companies. Here, you'll learn how to identify problems and find innovative, workable solutions for many types of organizations.

You'll also develop business models and put those into practice. Your student-led company may win startup funding through our annual New Venture Competition. Many companies that have launched through this competition are still in business.

It is also possible for students to earn both their entrepreneurship major and Master of Entrepreneurial Venture degree in four years and a summer.

Many of your professors have built their own companies and helped others raise money and grow. They'll become your mentors, along with alumni and investors from Michigan and beyond. As they share their knowledge with you, you'll build your own experience through internships and hands-on projects.

Program Highlights

At CMU, you'll start thinking like an entrepreneur long before you graduate.

  • Compete for thousands of dollars to start a business in our New Venture Competition. This annual contest rewards the most innovative student business ideas in several categories.
  • Gain hands-on experience in a full- or part-time internship.
  • Participate in social entrepreneurship activities through the enactus organization.
  • Learn from seasoned pros: Our entrepreneurship department was the first in Michigan.

Careers & Outcomes

Entrepreneurship graduates are equipped to start their own businesses, help existing companies innovate or go into law or government.

Career Projected Salary
General Manager $98,100
Operations Manager $63,207
Product Developer $63,206
Business Development Representative $48,178
Economic Developer $105,630
Sales Representative $62,400
Business Operations Specialist $75,990

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