Why Study Entrepreneurship

Students in the BSBA in Entrepreneurship degree program 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.

Successful completion of the undergraduate entrepreneurship degree at Shippensburg University teaches you important skills for success in today's economy. The success of America's economy has been built on the expertise of its self-starting business people - Ship's entrepreneurship concentration teaches you how to translate hard work and great ideas into profitable businesses.

You will 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.

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

Shippensburg is the only university in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to offer a BSBA in entrepreneurship.

An entrepreneurship degree from Shippensburg University will prepare you for any one of the following career tracks:

  • Corporate entrepreneurship (intrapreneurship): Developing new operations or products for existing corporations
  • Independent entrepreneurship: Starting your own for-profit firm
  • Family business: Working for the family firm as new or future management
  • Social entrepreneurship: Starting new or developing existing not-for-profit or community service oriented firms

Ship's entrepreneurship program has a 100 percent employment rate for graduates of the 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.

The average salary for entrepreneurship jobs in PA is $85,000.

The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship 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. 
  • Entrepreneurship Courses: A sequence of courses for entrepreneur students that provides the necessary technical knowledge with respect to tools, techniques, and concepts.  

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.