Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Small Businesses Yield Big Dreams

Small businesses reflect the American dream that a good idea—paired with strong business skills and enough hard work—can build a fulfilling livelihood and legacy. DeVry University's Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship can help you work toward your goals and grow these vital businesses.

An online entrepreneurship degree specialization can be an excellent way to start your journey toward small business management. Read on to find out more about this exciting degree path.

Get to Know Our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Specialization

Whether you're aiming to take up your own venture or help others develop their companies, our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Degree Specialization can put you on the right path. This specialization offers courses that focus on customer relations, budgeting, forecasting, e-commerce and other small business topics. As a student in this small business management degree specialization program, you can work to develop and strengthen the skills needed to make it as an entrepreneur.

Our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Specialization can be earned as a part of the following bachelor's degrees in business:

  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • Bachelor’s in Management
  • Bachelor’s in Technical Management

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Business with Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Specialization in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.

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What You'll Learn

Our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Degree Specialization covers the following topics:

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    Business Plan Writing

    Draft a comprehensive business plan for a small business, including an executive summary, company description, target market, competition, marketing and sales, operations, management structure, future development and financials
  • budgeting and forecasting icon

    Budgeting and Forecasting

    Learn to design and implement a long-range budget forecast and assess its impact on departmental planning.
  • customer and personal service icon

    Customer and Personal Service

    Demonstrate the principles and processes of personal service, including conducting customer needs assessments, meeting quality standards for services and evaluating customer satisfaction.
  • sales and marketing icon

    Sales and Marketing

    Gain knowledge of principles and methods for promoting and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration and sales.
  • ecommerce icon

    E-commerce

    Explore internet marketing, retail, payment and order fulfillment. Learn about various e-commerce models, for business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C) and consumer-to-consumer (C2C) websites.
  • operational issues icon

    Operational Issues

    Address unique issues for small business management, including improving the success rate, financing, determining the effect of regulations and obtaining information to improve performance.
  • it administration and management icon

    Administration and Management

    Understand the fundamental management theories that drive organizations and programs forward. Develop skills in leadership, planning, project management, and resource management.

Accreditation Matters

Accredited* by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Degree Specialization program may consider careers such as:

  • Administrative Services Manager

  • Business Development Manager

  • Business Manager

  • Construction Manager

  • General and Operations Manager

  • Customer Relations Manager

  • Internet Marketing and Sales Manager

  • Management Analyst Consultant

  • Meeting and Convention Planner

  • Retail Store Manager

  • Small Business Owner

  • Social and Community Service Manager

Option 1: Business Administration

Program-Specific Courses

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

BUSN258 Customer Relations
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
MGMT410 Human Resource Management
SBE310 Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship
SBE330 Creativity, Innovation and New Product Development
SBE430 E-Commerce for Small Business
SBE440 Business Plan Writing for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Core Degree Courses

Business Core1

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN319 Marketing
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business (with Lab)
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Finance and Management

ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance
ECON312 Principles of Economics
MGMT404 Project Management

Senior Project

BUSN460 Senior Project

Electives

Two of:

BUSN350 Business Analysis
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources

One of:

BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1122 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities3

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

One of:

HUMN303 Introduction to the Humanities
HUMN304 Multi-Ethnic Humanities

Social Sciences

LAWS3105 The Legal Environment
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI2286 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Option 2: Management

Program-Specific Courses

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

BUSN258 Customer Relations
BUSN412 Business Policy
SBE310 Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship
SBE330 Creativity, Innovation and New Product Development
SBE420 Operational Issues in Small Business Management
SBE430 E-Commerce for Small Business
SBE440 Business Plan Writing for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Core Degree Courses

Business Core

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN319 Marketing
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Management and Technology

BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
BUSN369 International Business
MGMT404 Project Management
MGMT410 Human Resource Management

Senior Project

BUSN460 Senior Project

Analytics

ACCT346 Managerial Accounting
BIAM300 Managerial Applications of Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition

Humanities3

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS1857 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI2288 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Additional General Education Selection

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Option 3: Technical Management

Program-Specific Courses

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

BUSN258 Customer Relations
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
MGMT410 Human Resource Management
SBE310 Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship
SBE420 Operational Issues in Small Business Management
SBE430 E-Commerce for Small Business
SBE440 Business Plan Writing for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Core Degree Courses

Business Core

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN319 Marketing
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Management and Technology

BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
MGMT404 Project Management

Senior Project

BUSN460 Senior Project

Electives9

Two of:

ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources

Five of:

BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
BUSN369 International Business
BUSN412 Business Policy
GSCM206 Managing Across the Supply Chain
MGMT410 Human Resource Management
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1122 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition

Humanities3

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS1857 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI2286 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Additional General Education Selection

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Degree Specialization FAQs


Can I earn a small business management degree or entrepreneurship degree online?

Yes! Here at DeVry, we offer our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Degree Specialization in both an online and hybrid format. The online format can be a great option for people who are already working but want to develop skills that can help them work toward starting and managing their own small business.


Are small business management and entrepreneurship the same thing?

Small business management and entrepreneurship are not identical, but they do overlap in several key areas. Entrepreneurship refers to the practice of starting a business, from the stages of conceptualization to product development and execution. Small business management is the practice of managing the activities that take place at a small business to ensure productivity and efficiency goals are being met. Not every small business manager is an entrepreneur, but most entrepreneurs have to perform small business management duties when starting their company.


How long does it take to get a small business management and entrepreneurship degree?

Here at DeVry, you can earn your Bachelor's Degree in Business with Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Specialization in as little as 2 years and 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


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*Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. This accreditation applies to the Bachelor's of Business Administration and the Bachelor's of Technical Management.
1Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must also take the following to fulfill this requirement: BUSN369; BUSN412; GSCM206; MGMT408
2Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
3Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
4Certain students enrolled as online students are assigned PSYC307 in lieu of this requirement.
5Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.
6Students enrolled at a New Jersey location may take PHYS204 or SCI200 to fulfill this requirement.
7Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 as part of this requirement or the General Education Option.
8Ohio residents enrolled as online students, and students enrolled at an Ohio location, must take an additional natural sciences course from those with prefixes BIOS, PHYS, or SCI as part of this requirement.
9Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take 55 semester-credit hours of general education coursework. Fifteen semester-credit hours of general education coursework may be applied to the Electives course area.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.