- Course Information
According to the Kaufmann Foundation, 2015 had the greatest number of start-ups in the last 20 years. The Entrepreneurship MBA at NCU takes you beyond the classroom as you build and test your entrepreneurial ideas in real-world scenarios. In our Online MBA Entrepreneurship specialization you will explore various business disciplines, including marketing, finance, operations and strategy, as you develop skills in building businesses, investing in businesses, raising capital and evaluating business opportunities. Entrepreneurship courses emphasize analysis, decision-making and business planning of a real new venture product or service. As a graduate, you can expect to have a solid business plan that is ready to be presented to investors, banks or private entities.
MBA Degree Requirements
The Master of Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The MBA program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 9 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program.
Completion Period for Master's Degrees
Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.
Innovation - The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur
This is the initial course in the entrepreneurship specialization and serves as the prerequisite for all future courses within the specialization. Prior to the start of this course, it is recommended that students enter the course with a well thought out product or service venture. Students will explore many facets of the potential venture to include new venture feasibility, an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), and identification of potential investors to determine if the new venture is needed within the marketplace.
Strategic Market Assessments
In this course, students will learn how to identify and analyze the various governmental, business and political challenges and opportunities that exist when operating within emerging national and international markets. The roles of history and tradition are also explored in light of their potential impact on various emerging market economies. The course will require the student to delve into advanced exploration of current topics, marketing of innovations and early stage technologies, the entrepreneurial dimensions of market research and analysis, intellectual property protection and management, and other potential new market plan related topics.
New Venture Formation
The formation of a new venture is an evolutionary process which requires research, analysis, assessment, and reevaluation of a new product or service in a competitive environment. Students will assess various leadership styles and how the styles might enhance venture performance. Students will examine the many business models available and determine how the models may possibly be incorporated into the new venture plan. A cursory analysis of personnel to define needs for skill types and sets will also be performed. Students will evaluate funding and financing options as well as market strategies based on an initial competitive analysis of the marketplace. At the conclusion of the course, students will have completed steps to solidify and clarify their new venture plan through research and analysis.
Venture Capital and Private Equity
Students will develop a plan to research, identify, and acquire the financial resources required for successful funding of the new venture. Funding the new venture will require students to examine business valuation, deal development, debt planning and structure, and the acquisition of venture capital from government agencies (Small Business Administration for example) or interested investors. A clear and succinct plan for funding the new business venture will be paramount to the successful acceptance of the new venture business plan by interested parties such as investors, stakeholders, bankers, or angel funds. Upon completion of the course, students will have a detailed financial plan that can be presented to investors and other interested parties.
Sustainable Business Practices
The goal of this course is to explore how the product or service will be effectively integrated into business activities to ensure that the venture is viable and sustainable in the marketplace. Depending on the product or service, students will have to identify any sustainability issues and evaluate if the process required for supporting the product or service is truly sustainable. Future success will depend on the overall sustainability of the venture processes that will support the new product or service. The course will also require students to examine social responsibility and the impact the new product or service may have on the environment, both today and in the future.
New Venture Business Plan Creation
Students will finalize and complete a new venture business plan that has been the focus of the four prior entrepreneur/intrapreneur specialization courses. At the conclusion of this course, students will have reviewed and finalized all applicable research, preparation, and analysis that was required in the previous courses. The final deliverable is a business plan and investor presentation for a startup business concept. The business plan should be of final form in which it is presentable for interested investors, stakeholders, or other interested parties.
The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:
- Per credit cost: $850
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,550
- Program cost: $25,850-$28-400
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
- Registration Fee: $0
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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.
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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program
In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the WSCUC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.