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Why an Independent School of Entrepreneurship

An independent school of entrepreneurship--outside of a business school?  One that offers degrees? A school that provides easy access to entrepreneurship courses and programs to students of all disciplines? 


Drexel University's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is a disruptive innovation in higher education--disruptive in that we have recognized a growing trend in how universities are approaching entrepreneurship. And we created what we believe is  the best way to deliver that education.


Consistent with Drexel's tradition of innovative approaches to education, an independent school of entrepreneurship allows us to create courses and programming that capture a broad conceptualization of entrepreneurship--a definition that acknowledges that entrepreneurship is an attitude, a habit of mind that incorporates innovative thinking and doing in life and at work.


The Close School makes a distinction between 'entrepreneur' the person and 'entrepreneurship' the process. Our curriculum and programming target both. We believe that entrepreneurship education is more about the person than the process.


Launching a new venture, in a safe setting, is one of the best ways for students to flex entrepreneurial skills such as opportunity recognition, self-sufficiency, risk assessment, and resilience.


Where will a BS in Entrepreneurship and Innovation take you? Wherever you want to go.


Our degrees are designed to attract students across all academic disciplines. Today's workplace is unpredictable and ever-evolving. Between the ages of 22-42, graduates hold on average ten jobs  across multiple sectors, including self-employment. The Close School has a responsibility--and a calling-- to prepare students to be the entrepreneurs of their own lives.


  • Start a new company
  • Innovate in an established company
  • Pursue solutions to society's problems