College of Business

John L. Grove College of Business
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg PA 17257
business@ship.edu
(717) 477-1435
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Department of Management and Marketing

Dr. William Oberman, Chair
224 Grove Hall
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
(717) 477-1439
E-MailL wdober@ship.edu
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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Management

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program



Entrepreneurship is what powers the economy.

Students in the entrepreneurship concentration at Shippensburg University learn to prepare for the challenges involved in new venture creation and small business management. This nationally accredited program gives a broad skill-set for business. It also provides customized paths for success in specific business systems including new ventures, franchises, corporate ventures, socially responsible companies, and family controlled enterprises.

Entrepreneurship students learn to recognize opportunities and convert new ideas into business plans with a focus on implementation. The program is designed to help graduates understand risk and develop an entrepreneurial perspective to overcome challenges and achieve success.

Business Administration Degree Requirements

The undergraduate BSBA degree in Management requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in the following areas:

  • General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Business Core Curriculum: All business majors take the same core curriculum. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior, and business law as well as other business subjects. See the College of Business website for complete course listings.
  • Entrepreneurship Courses: A sequence of courses for entrepreneur students that provides the necessary technical knowledge with respect to tools, techniques, and concepts.

The Business Internship Program

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. While participation is not mandatory for the completion of an entrepreneurship concentration, students earn one full credit hour to every equivalent of a 40-hour workweek they finish. Students can receive a maximum of nine credits.

These internship opportunities include family businesses, franchises, small businesses, and corporations where there is a need for entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

The SHIP Career Connection online job bank contains listings for both full- and part-time internship opportunities at some of PA’s leading employers. Students can also arrange their own internship by attending job fairs, networking with friends and family in the business world, or applying to federal and state programs. Internships must be approved by both the department chair and the internship director.

Why Study Entrepreneurship at the Undergraduate Level?

Successful completion of the undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Shippensburg University teaches students important skills for success in today’s economy. The success of America’s economy has been built on the expertise of its self-starting businesspeople — Ship’s entrepreneur concentration teaches students how to translate hard work and great ideas into profitable businesses.

The program also provides a thorough background in marketing, management and contemporary economic theory that can be useful in the workforce.

Student Organizations

The John L. Grove College of Business has a number of clubs for students to participate in and learn more about their area of study outside the classroom. Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop professional contacts, enhance their course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. The DECA Student Chapter promotes the ideas and principles of entrepreneurship and provides students with the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs from the business community and students from other colleges and universities. Membership to DECA is partners with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise (CEFE) at Shippensburg University to help give members the best experience, information, and resources available to them including entrepreneurship speakers and workshops. DECA is open to all interested undergraduate students.

Apply to Shippensburg’s Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Today

Take the steps toward starting your own business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Shippensburg University. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with classes starting each fall. We encourage high school seniors to begin the process early to secure a place for the following year. Find out more about relevant deadlines, degree requirements and fees by visiting the Admissions website today.