A Degree in Entrepreneurship

Today the field of entrepreneurship has become an accepted part of the higher education curriculum.  This was not always the case.  Only about 16 colleges and universities offered entrepreneurship courses in 1970.  By 2005 however, over 2,000 universities offered these types of classes.  The real growth in entrepreneurship programs began in the early 1990's and has continued to this day.  Now students have the option to major in entrepreneurship and even social entrepreneurship at some schools.

Does this mean we will see a drastic increase in the number of start-ups?  No, the studies show this is not the case.  Since the 1970's the number of start-ups has fluctuated very little.  This fact brings up many important questions (are entrepreneurs born or made? etc.) that we will not get into here.  However, there are many positives to taking courses in entrepreneurship. The Harvard Graduate School of Education found that students who have taken a 50+ hour course in entrepreneurship are more interested in furthering education and career aspirations, feel more control over their lives, and display an increase in leadership behavior.

For those of you considering going to college (or perhaps back to college), a degree in entrepreneurship may interest you.  Although you clearly do not need a college degree to become an entrepreneur, it can give you a greater sense of security and confidence and is also a great place to network.  For those of you who are interested, below is a list of the 10 best undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by US News & World Report.

1. Babson College – MA

2. University of Pennsylvania – PA

3. University of Southern California – CA

4. Indiana University (Bloomington) – IN

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MA

6. Syracuse University – NY

7. University of Arizona – AZ

8. University of California (Berkeley) – CA

9. University of Texas (Austin) – TX

10. Ball State University – IN

Those of you who wish to use business as a means of social change, the 10 business schools below emphasize the environment, business ethics, and social entrepreneurship.  Taken from the Beyond Grey Pinstripes research survey.

1. University of Michigan (Ross)

2. Yale School of Management

3. Stanford Graduate School of Business

4. Notre Dame (Mendoza)

4. UC Berkeley (Haas)

6. NYU (Stern)

7. Columbia Business School

8. University of Virginia (Darden)

9. Cornell (Johnson)

10. GWU School of Business

 

I am not a successful billionaire entrepreneur.  I have not started the next Microsoft, invented the next breakthrough consumer product, or sold my business for a ridiculous gain.  I am nota business expert by any means.

I am probably very much like you.  A young, ambitious entrepreneur with a great interest in business, adventure, and living life to the fullest who is anxious to make his or her mark on the world.  I am writing this blog as a source of information, inspiration, and entertainment for similar people to myself as we take the plunge into and entrepreneurial life.

Hope you enjoy,

Jake Adams

www.ENTREPRENANT.us

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