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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

Start a business, work for a corporation, launch a green party, lead a nonprofit, or create new innovative products. With Entrepreneurship, the possibilities are limitless.

Shippensburg is the only university in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to offer a BSBA in Entrepreneurship.  Thus, we compete with schools such as Penn State, Pitt, and Temple.

The program has two tracks/majors:

  1. New Value Creation (traditional entrepreneurial startup)
  2. Innovation Management (value creation within a corporation/organizational setting)

Entrepreneurship is what powers the economy and you will develop the skills and contacts necessary to make ideas real. This program gives you a broad skill set for traditional venture startup, innovation management and lean entrepreneurship. You will learn to recognize opportunities and convert new ideas into business plans with a focus on implementation. The program also helps you understand risk and develop an entrepreneurial perspective to overcome challenges and achieve success. You'll also receive a thorough background in marketing, management and contemporary economic theory.

The Entrepreneurship, B.S.B.A. provides customized paths for success in specific business systems, including:

  • New ventures
  • Franchises
  • Corporate ventures
  • Socially responsible companies
  • Green startups
  • Family-controlled enterprises
  • Lean startups
  • Innovation management within a corporate environment

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.

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.  See the Business BSBA Core Requirements 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.  
    Entrepreneurship Courses

Grove College of Business offers an 18-credit Entrepreneurship minor for non-business students. This minor provides students with the same basic business knowledge and skills as the Business Minor, but with a strong emphasis on innovation and problem-solving. This minor will prepare students to succeed as innovators and value creators in a rapidly changing world. In order to be admitted to the minor, you must successfully complete the general education prerequisites for the program. See the most current academic catalog for details.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO)  is the premier entrepreneurship network with chapters on university campuses across North America and beyond. CEO currently supports entrepreneurship in over 250 chapters in all 50 states and worldwide.

CEO's to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. With a diverse entrepreneurial community and global network, CEO provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities, events, chapter activities and conferences to help start businesses. The highlight of the year is the annual Global Conference hosted each fall.


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Shippensburg University Centers for Excellence 
The Diller Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation
29 E. King Street | Shippensburg, PA 17257