Entrepreneurs aren't just born — they're made. UND's School of Entrepreneurship &
Management will teach you how.
Learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including venture initiation, marketing,
finance and management, while getting the kind of hands-on experience you'll draw
on for years to come. Develop your own business plan, practice investing with real
money and even get financial support from UND's Center for Innovation Foundation as
you learn from professionals with decades of experience.
Studying Entrepreneurship at UND means learning how to make big ideas come to life.
You'll get hands-on experience working with real clients on real projects, and have
an opportunity to learn with men and women who have started where you are now — and
But as any successful entrepreneur will tell you, building something built to last
takes more than just a concept. It means understanding business inside and out.
As an Entrepreneurship major, you'll be part of UND's Nistler College of Business
& Public Administration, the largest business program in the state; your coursework
will build a foundation in marketing, accounting, management and finance. Faculty
have decades of experience in service, retail, international business, manufacturing
and social enterprises.
Customize your program and select electives in small and family business, social entrepreneurship,
sustainability, UAS, and new product development.
Accreditation by AACSB
This program is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation by AACSB
International puts the Nistler CoBPA in the top 5% of business schools in the world.
UND's Entrepreneurship Degree
Work with real businesses, solving real problems, at a for-credit internship.
Choose from a wide range of electives as you tailor your education to match your goals.
Gain investment experience using real money at the Dakota Venture Group, a student-managed
This kind of training is unique: UND has one of just five Schools of Entrepreneurship &
Management in the country.
Develop product and business ideas on campus at the Center for Innovation, Ina Mae
Rude Entrepreneur Center and James Ray Idea Lab.
Earn scholarships! In 2020, the School of Entrepreneurship & Management awarded over
$89,000 to students.
Careers with an Entrepreneurship Major
Average salary of recent UND Entrepreneurship grads
UND Office of Analytics & Planning
Entrepreneurship alums who are employed or in grad school
UND Office of Analytics & Planning
Start your own business - or gain the skills you'll need to pursue these types of
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Operations Officer
When You Major in Entrepreneurship
A degree in Entrepreneurship gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
UND Entrepreneurship Alumni
Entrepreneurship alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Rsw Medical, Inc.
Advanced Cell Training
American Family Insurance
Entrepreneurship Required Courses
ENTR 316. Entrepreneur Law & Operations. 3 Credits.
Starting your own venture? Do you know the legal hurdles you must leap? This is not a dry, legal lecture series. Learn entrepreneurship law hands-on! Experience relevant legal requirements as you form a real or simulated corporation/LLC, participate in mock owner disputes, draft contracts, hire employees, assume debt, sell equity, file for bankruptcy, franchise, and a host of other exciting activities! Who knew? Law doesn't have to be boring!. F,S.
ENTR 333. New Product Development. 3 Credits.
The recognition, discovery and creation of new product/service opportunities is a critical component of the entrepreneurial process. From the inception of the automobile to Facebook, finding the right opportunity can help create products and organizations that can have profound impacts on industries, customers and society at large. Therefore, the goal of the course is to create a product/service development lab, to help participants explore different techniques and perspectives on finding new products/services and bringing them to market. F.
ENTR 290. Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Concept Development. 3 Credits.
Every successful venture, big or small, started with a problem and an idea for a solution. Venture success is a measured combination of feasibility, viability, testing, and luck. Too many entrepreneurs, unfortunately, rely strictly on luck. This course will show you how to test your business idea through customer discovery and validation; business and revenue modeling; effectuation; and the ability to communicate all of your findings to stakeholders. Whether for-profit, not-for-profit, or an internal corporate project/venture, success or failure doesn't happen by accident. Learn the tools that give you the best chance to win. F,S.
ENTR 386. Financials for Entrepreneurs. 3 Credits.
This course will review key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to securing funding. Students will develop the skills necessary to complete the financial section of a business plan. Concepts that are taught include sources of capital, the economic ecosystem, core and adjacency strategies, lean startups and strategy pivots, customer value creation and switching costs, pricing models, operating costs, cash flow planning, revenue forecasts and financial projections, private and public company analysis, and franchise evaluation. At the end of the course students should be able to think critically about business and make critical strategic evaluations during the course of a business lifecycle. F,S.
ENTR 450. Venture Implementation. 3 Credits.
Expanding on the idea which began in ENTR 290, a significant pivot, or an entirely new venture idea, ENTR 450 prepares the venture for launch. This course orchestrates the idea, people, business model, legal ramifications, and finances into a complete, executable venture plan. Emphasis will be placed not only on the startup phase of the venture, but the equally important post-startup. You will also learn how to communicate your plan to stakeholders and incorporate constructive feedback from experts. Prerequisites: ENTR 290 and ENTR 386. S.
ENTR 497. Entrepreneurship Practice. 3 Credits.
Practical experience with an entrepreneurial firm or comparable experiential learning. All ENTR 497 experiences must be pre-approved by the Entrepreneurship Practice Director prior to beginning the experience. Prerequisites: ENTR 290 and Department consent. Repeatable to 3 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.
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