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3-Year BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Bachelor of Entrepreneurship

Rigorous | Experiential | Game-Changing

The 3-year BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is a unique, accelerated plan of study that teaches entrepreneurship as a habit-of-mind that applies to both your career and your life.


The three-year degree in entrepreneurship & innovation offered by the Charles D. Close School is rigorous and sustains all the standards of our four- or five-year degree programs. It is a degree that is particularly appealing to the student who is determined, disciplined, and goal oriented – as we find that many entrepreneurship students are.


Our holistic approach to teaching challenges you to think and act as an entrepreneur within companies, startups, or self-employment. We have developed a curriculum that teaches resilience, collaboration, negotiation, and communication.


We stress interdisciplinary work and flexibility with all Drexel schools through the required academic minor and offer students advanced experiential learning in our Entrepreneurship Practicum. Students will also have access to the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Why a 3-Year Degree?

You receive all the education and experience from a typical 4- or 5-year degree program - but in just three years. This results in:


  • decreased living expenses for 1-2 years

  • better utilization of school time and opportunities

  • expedited path to graduation and career advancement

  • a unique, custom-designed practicum

The three-year degree not only takes a shorter time to receive but also offers students opportunities for funding, mentoring, and incubator space, while giving them real-world experience and the ability to work alongside some of Philadelphia’s most driven and creative young entrepreneurs.

What will you learn?

The 3-year degree program offers practical experience and business education from highly regarded entrepreneurs who have been involved in many successful startups and ventures of their own. Our professors and mentors are experienced business executives and serial entrepreneurs ready to help you learn and build your entrepreneurial mindset.


Who should enroll? 

This is a rigorous program designed for the highly ambitious student ready to enter the workforce early, planning to launch a new venture upon graduation, or lead innovation in an established company. Ideal students are high achievers or self-starters in good academic standing.

Frequently Asked Questions for the 3-Year Degree

Is this an in-person, online, or combination program?

Currently, this is an in-person program.

Can you pursue a minor in another discipline?

All Charles D. Close School majors are required to take a minor as part of their plan of study.

Are Co-ops or internships a part of the program or required?

Students in the 3-year program are required to take a 10-week Practicum, which is an individualized experiential learning component that could include a form of work experience or uniquely designed experiential component.

Do 3-year degree participants receive the same mentors, Baiada Institute resources, or funding opportunities as the 4- or 5-year Charles D. Close School students?

All 3-year students receive the same programming, mentoring, funding and other opportunities afforded to 4- and 5-year students. The Practicum experience is unique to 3-year degree students.

Are there specific classes I need to take that are not in the traditional 4- or 5- year program?

All course requirements in the 3-year program are the same requirements as the 4- or 5-year program.

Are there professors who exclusively teach 3-year degree students?

All faculty are the same for both 3-year and 4- or 5-year degree programs. Students in the 3-year program are in the same courses as their peers who are in 4- and 5-year programs.

What is the plan of study for a 3-year degree program?

There are two plans-of-study options for 3-year students. The recommended plans of study can be found here:

Can you switch from a regular Drexel University degree to a 3-year degree?

Yes, students can switch up to the winter of their sophomore year from any school.



Questions about this program?

If you have any questions or would like to speak with an advisor, please contact:


Justin Fithian

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

3230 Market Street

Pearlstein 418

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Phone:​​+47 333 78 901