Master of Business Administration - Entrepreneurship

CTU’s MBA-Entrepreneurship degree program is designed to help you prepare for responsibilities related to starting up and running new business ventures. CTU’s ACBSP-accredited curriculum balances essential business theories with real-world practices. Aligned to AACSB standards and National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education, coursework is structured to help you explore new business venture development, operation, funding, growth, challenges and more with an emphasis on case studies.

CTU’s MBA degree program was named a Tier One program among North American universities in 2015 by CEO Magazine, a publication of the International Graduate Forum.1 CTU’s online Master of Business Administration degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report.2 Alumni who acquired a Master's degree at CTU saw an average 10% growth in salary after 3 years and 27% growth in salary after 5 and 10 years.3

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcomission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availbility

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

Program Details

Program Outline
Courses
Concentrations
Related Degrees
Career Paths
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Program Outline

    The following courses are specific to the Entrepreneurship concentration. To view courses that must be completed for all MBA degrees, visit the MBA overview page.

    • Integrated Marketing for Entrepreneurs
    • Entrepreneurial Strategy, Planning & Leadership
    • Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship: Skills for Success
    • Entrepreneurial Business Planning Capstone

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  • Courses

    Degree Requirements
    Courses: Core
    ACCT614 Applied Managerial Accounting

    4

    ECON616 Applied Managerial Economics

    4

    MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments

    4

    FINC615 Applied Managerial Finance

    4

    INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making

    4

    MGMT600 Applied Managerial Decision-Making

    4

    HRMT620 Strategic Human Capital Management

    4

    MKTG630 Applied Managerial Marketing

    4

    Core Credit Hours: 32
    Courses: Concentration
    ENTR605 ENTR605 Integrated Marketing for Entrepreneurs

    4

    ENTR610 Entrepreneurial Strategy, Planning & Leadership

    4

    ENTR615 Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship: Skills for Success

    4

    ENTR630 Entrepreneurial Business Planning Capstone

    4

    Concentration Credit Hours: 16
    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 48

    MBA Foundation Requirements

    The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful.

    Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete three MBA preparatory courses (MGMT501, MGMT502, and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.

    If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above or has evidence of significant professional experience in all of the business discipline areas, the preparatory requirements may be waived. Students that can show evidence of successfully completed business law and business ethics courses may have the MGMT501 requirement waived. Students continuing from any of CTUís non-business bachelor programs are exempt from MGMT501, but must complete the other MBA Foundation Requirements. The preparatory courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.

    MBA preparatory courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT501, MGMT502, or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students who do not meet the MBA preparatory requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these preparatory courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

    ACCT614 Applied Managerial Accounting

    This course focuses on using available accounting information to help managers of the firm make relevant decisions. Examines how the financial information developed for external users forms the basis for the managerial accounting system. Explores costing systems, cost behavior analysis, responsibility accounting and volume-profit relationships.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    ECON616 Applied Managerial Economics

    During this course the student will study the practical aspects of both micro- and macroeconomics and how they are applied to the managerial environment. The students investigate the role of economic principles in management analysis and decision making: the study of demand, cost, and supply concepts from a business viewpoint; and the application of national income measures to strategic planning and the future.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments

    Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT503  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    FINC615 Applied Managerial Finance

    Emphasizes management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts. The following subjects are addressed in the course: financial reports and metrics, financial analysis and planning, financial forecasting, financial markets, financial leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting processes, cost of capital and long term financing. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a financial strategy report and accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of financial analysis from either the academic or professional literature.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making

    Course will review and analyze the concepts of leadership versus managerial roles and responsibilities and examine how societal expectations for ethical behavior and regulatory scrutiny affect both leaders and managers in an organization setting. This course will differentiate among decision problems and ethical decision-making processes and differentiate among decision problems and address issues within a decision-making process. Students will also examine a variety of complex ethical issues confronting industry professionals as they work with various stakeholders of an organization. Additionally, students will explore the ‘Code of Conduct’ at work, issues related to managing conflicts of interest within a decision making process, and differentiate among decision problems and ethical decision making.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT501  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    MGMT600 Applied Managerial Decision-Making

    This course emphasizes the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics to decisions made in a managerial role. The following subjects are addressed in the course: data summarization and presentation, data analysis, test of hypotheses, discrete and continuous distributions, estimation theory, simple and multiple correlation and regression, analysis of variance, multivariate statistics and non parametric methods. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a data aggregation and reduction exercise report and by accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of applied statistics from either the academic or professional literature.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    HRMT620 Strategic Human Capital Management

    Human capital management creates a paradigm to strategically look at people as the most valuable asset. This course provides a framework for students to integrate human capital management as part of the overall business strategy. By understanding, evaluating and integrating the human capital management model, the student will also be able to apply these approaches both domestically and globally.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT503  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    MKTG630 Applied Managerial Marketing

    This course emphasizes the application of marketing concepts, tools and decision-making processes middle managers use in developing marketing plans, programs and strategies. Within the marketing strategy framework, it also examines market analysis and measurement, profitability and productivity analysis, product development, promotion and pricing strategies, the logistics systems approach and the marketing plan. The student will apply the knowledge learned by structuring and presenting to the class a practical strategic marketing plan.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT503  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    ENTR605 Integrated Marketing for Entrepreneurs

    This course will present the new media to students of entrepreneurship. The course will offer a practical look at the market in terms of what tools have worked, what tools currently work, and how to use these tools for marketing success. This course will focus heavily on web-based communication, including the social media, wikis, blogs, audio/video, podcasts, viral content, and content rich websites. A key element of the course will be writing an individual digital marketing strategy, and integrating it into the business plan.

    Prerequisites

    MKTG630

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    ENTR610 Entrepreneurial Strategy, Planning & Leadership

    This course will shape students’ business plans through market analysis, financial analysis, and an analysis of support organizations. This course will address the various sources and uses of funding, including a look at the processes, risks and rewards of working with venture capital, angel investors, private equity groups and various loan origination organizations. At the conclusion of this course, students will have the strategic and financial components of their business plans articulated and included in the framework of their business plans.

    Prerequisites

    ENTR615

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    ENTR615 Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship: Skills for Succes

    This course will facilitate student exploration into the mindset of being an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. Students will explore their own personality and determine matches with the core attributes of being a successful entrepreneur. In this course students will understand and conduct the venture product/service development process. This process will include a basic operational plan. At the conclusion of this process, students will have established the basic framework of their business plans.

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    ENTR630 Entrepreneurial Business Planning Capstone

    This capstone course will require students to finalize all components of their business plan. Students will be required to present their plan to a venture capitalist or angel investor for feedback and comments. Students will be required to complete initial processes for establishing their business as well as a strategic plan to launch their business after the course.

    Prerequisites

    ENTR610

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×
  • Concentrations

  • Related Degrees

  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity-- starting with the right MBA degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a MBA in Entrepreneurship include:5

    • General Manager
    • Regional Director
    • Business Analyst
    • Business Development Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Administrative Director
    • Director of Sales
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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about. 6

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    78%
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    77%
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    86%
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    60%
    My education has helped me advance my career
    56%
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    74%
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    75%
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    73%
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    76%
    Communicate effectively with my manager
    74%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency.

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.7,8

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    85%
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    99%
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job8
    100%

    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    95%
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    91%
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization9
    98%
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    98%
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    95%
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    91%
    Take direction well
    94%
    Work effectively in a team environment
    84%
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    83%
    Manage conflicts effectively
    81%
    Provide input on planning for business
    85%
    Take inititiative to lead projects9
    91%
    Think about how their projects will impact the business9
    88%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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1CEO Magazine, a publication of the International Graduate Forum, named CTU’s MBA program a Tier One program among North American universities in 2015.

2Click here to learn more about the US News recognition and prestigious ranking for Colorado Technical University’s online programs.

32012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research; 2012 Champion College Services Alumni Survey of CTU graduates from designated years between 2002 and 2009.

4 Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

5http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

6 Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

7 Employer Survey -2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

8 Employer Survey -2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

9 Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates

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