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MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization

Prepare for Your Entrepreneurial Ventures with an MBA

If you're interested in starting a small business, sustaining a new venture or honing your business skills, earning an MBA in Entrepreneurship can help. Designed to expand your abilities and support your objectives, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship from our Keller Graduate School of Management offers exciting opportunities to learn and grow.

Get to Know Our MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization

Whether you're building your own American dream or supporting someone else's, the flexibility of our MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization program can help you on your journey. Our program focuses on the new venture lifecycle, from the initial conceptualization of a business idea to planning, funding and execution, alongside the core business administration skills of a typical MBA curriculum. During this MBA entrepreneurship program, you'll have the opportunity to gain insights into successful marketing and exit strategies for small businesses from our experienced professors who understand the industry. Combining theory and practical application, an MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization can provide the skills you need to prepare to grow a competitive and enduring enterprise.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
*Accelerated Schedule
1 year
4 months
Average 10 credits per semester
2 years
8 months
Average 6 credits per semester


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. With at least 9 credit hours*, of qualifying Prior Learning Credit and an accelerated pace, you can earn your Master’s Degree in as few as 1 year 4 months.


Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 2 years 8 months.

* Requires at least 9 credit hours of Prior Learning Credit. Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in an average of 10 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks.  

** Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in an average of 6 credit hours per semester and continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks. 

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Are you eligible?

If you’ve earned an undergraduate degree in business, technology or a degree with a technology specialization you may be eligible to waive up to three courses (or nine credit hours). We call this our Master’s Advantage. With these prior learning credits1, you can earn your graduate degree with fewer courses, allowing you to put master’s degree to work for you even sooner.


Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

Our MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization covers the following topics:

  • Management Theory and Practices
    Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of enterprise-wide functions relevant in the global economy.
  • Collaboration
    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
  • Problem-Solving
    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
  • Technology
    Apply analytical tools and technology applications to develop analyses and solutions to address the needs of an organization and its stakeholders.
  • Marketing and Exit Strategies
    Analyze various corporate structures to differentiate the factors new ventures use to successfully compete and evaluate the resources required to operate the business.
  • Venture Finance
    Evaluate the options an entrepreneur has to meet the ultimate goal of return on investment and other financial goals for generating financial capital.
  • Entrepreneurial Execution
    Apply entrepreneurial skills to generate a break-through idea, develop the concept, articulate the business plan, and secure financial support for implementation.

Accreditation and Recognition Matters

Accredited^ by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


Embedded Programs

Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Ready to obtain an additional credential with our unique 2-in-1 design? All courses in our Entrepreneurship graduate certificate are embedded within the MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization. Requesting this embedded option can allow you to earn your graduate certificate on the way to your master's.

Credit Hours
Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours

Career Opportunities in Entrepreneurship Specialization

Graduates with our MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:
  • Business Manager

  • General Manager

  • Online Services Manager

  • Owner, E Commerce Company

  • Store Manager

Program Courses

MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses

Program Core
Essentials in Accounting, Finance and Economics
Financial Accounting: Managerial Use and Analysis
Business Economics
Corporate Finance
Applied Managerial Statistics
Strategic Business
Innovation through Technology
Strategic Marketing

One Human Resource Course Selection:

Managing Organizational Change
Strategic Human Resource Management
Negotiation Skills

One International Course Selection:

International Finance
Managing International Human Resources
Global Perspectives for International Business
Leadership and Technology
Organizational Structures and Business Processes

One Leadership Course Selection:

Digital Leadership
Leadership and Organizational Behavior

One Elective Course Selection:

Application of Business Analytics I
Negotiation Skills
Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business
Managerial Communication
Essentials of Information Systems and Programming
Strategic Management of Technology
Project Management Systems
Entrepreneurship Concentration
Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
Venture Finance and Due Diligence

+ Choose one below:

Entrepreneurial Marketing
Foundations in Global Supply Chain Management
MBA Capstone

+Students who hold an undergraduate business degree, a technology degree or a degree with a technology specialization may be eligible to waive up to three courses (nine credit hours). Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be eligible to waive select courses upon review of their undergraduate transcript. Course waiver availability varies by location. See Course Waivers for details.

FAQs: MBA in Entrepreneurship

What is an MBA in Entrepreneurship?

An MBA with an Entrepreneurship Specialization is a type of graduate business degree that teaches you how to start your own business while also helping you develop high-level business administration skills.

Is it hard to earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship?

The degree of challenge involved in any subject can depend on the individual, but in general, earning an MBA Specialization in Entrepreneurship should be no more difficult than earning any other MBA degree. If you study hard and put in the appropriate amount of time and effort, you should be fully capable of completing the course expectations and effectively growing your skillset.

How long does it take to earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship?

At DeVry, you can earn your Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship in as little as 2 years + 8 months2—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

Do you need an MBA to be an entrepreneur?

No, you do not need an MBA or business school education to become an entrepreneur, but an MBA degree can help you understand what it takes to successfully start and run entrepreneurial ventures, including business skills such as marketing, budgeting, project management, understanding how to gain access to capital and more.

Is entrepreneurship a good career to pursue?

That depends on you! Entrepreneurship has the potential to be a rewarding career path for those with ambition and perseverance. Beyond the possible financial outcomes, an entrepreneur may enjoy other perks such as setting your own schedule, independence and personal growth which are some of the key reasons people choose to start their own businesses.

Is an MBA useful for entrepreneurs?

While you don’t need an MBA degree to become an entrepreneur, the high-stakes environment in which most startup businesses operate demands a high level of business acumen. Whether you plan to start your own new business, work in the emerging area of social entrepreneurship or partner with other business professionals as a consultant or analyst, you can acquire and sharpen your business management and leadership skills which are beneficial in the business world.

Can you earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship online?

At DeVry, our MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization can be earned 100% online or as a hybrid option which allows you to take select courses in a traditional classroom environment.3 Either way you choose, we can help you learn on your time, in the way that fits your busy life.

What are admissions requirements for the MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization?

To apply for graduate school admission to our Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry, you will need to hold a bachelor’s degree from a university-recognized institution, demonstrate math and verbal skills proficiency and submit acceptable Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Visit our Graduate School Admissions page for more specific information.

Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Course Waivers at Keller
Program Guides
Program overview

1Eligibility and application of course waivers varies based on the type of course waiver credit earned, the student’s enrolled location and/or the student’s state of residence. For more information, please refer to the Course Waiver section of the Keller academic catalog.

2Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment

3All 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.

^Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.