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Entrepreneurship Education Empowers Everyone

Nationally ranked and accredited, the Charles D. Close School offers unique and innovative programs such as our 3-year degree, and we believe that all students have the potential to be innovative, and to take their ideas and make them a reality.


    • We teach an entrepreneurial mindset

    • We teach the business skills and processes to start new ventures and also to lead innovation in an established company

    • We provide practical experience and strong entrepreneurship resources. We support your startup ideas, ventures and allow you to gain valuable entrepreneurial experience

    Undergraduate Degrees and Co-op Options

    • 3-year BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation - for the highly ambitious student ready to enter the workforce early, planning to launch a new venture upon graduation, or lead innovation in a family business. This program of study features a custom-designed practicum.

    • 4 or 5- year BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation - for the student that wants to combine our plan of study with an integrated Co-op opportunity. This program is ideal for those wishing to apply an entrepreneurial skillset and mindset in established companies, small ventures, or self-employment. By doing so, students will also develop an overall strategy for success in their personal as well as professional lives.

    • 4 or 5- year BS in Sustainability and Innovation - offers a unique multidisciplinary perspective on current-day social and environmental challenges and provides you with the tools you will need to create market-based solutions.

    Graduate Degrees and Certificates

    • MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovation - this program of study develops your entrepreneurial mindset, providing the skills needed to launch new ventures or nurture a culture of innovation within established companies. Students choose from three pathways: Corporate Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, and Social Entrepreneurship.

    • MS in Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship - this program of study develops individual initiative and entrepreneurial thinking around scientific discoveries and innovation - essential skills for new venture creation in biotechnology.

    • MS in Creative Education and Entrepreneurship - this interdisciplinary degree is rooted in the concept of cultivating innovation. The curriculum combines courses in creativity, entrepreneurship, and design thinking with project-based learning experiences central to issues relevant to your work experience and environment.

    • MS in Legal Studies and Entrepreneurship - this program of study allows you to understand the concepts of law without practicing it. As society becomes increasingly regulated, job candidates with advanced skills in legal and regulatory analysis, as well as regulatory compliance, have become highly appealing to many employers, who are increasingly requiring employees with sophisticated and narrowly focused exposure to law and legal regulation.

    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Minor - this minor is designed to enrich a graduate student's program via rigorous and applied coursework in the area of entrepreneurship. The skills of entrepreneurial thinking and doing are applicable to students in every master's degree program, as these competencies resonate with student careers both in established companies or new ventures.

    • Graduate Certificates in Entrepreneurship - our four graduate certificates provide the building blocks to develop your interest in specific areas of entrepreneurship, and by completing all four certificates, students earn an M.S. degree.