Entrepreneurship

A major in entrepreneurship can prepare you for personal and financial success, especially if you are interested in starting your own business or social venture. Graduates also take on the management of a family company, work to launch new products and services or open new markets. 

Students participate in entrepreneurship camp.

Students in SLU’s entrepreneurship program participate in campus-wide competitions for new ideas, make elevator pitches and launch social ventures. 


Major in Entrepreneurship

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in entrepreneurship integrates the classroom and the real world. You’ll interact with successful business owners and master the key skills of creativity, market focus and planning — all of which are essential to successful business ventures.

You’ll have access to world-class business resources hosted at the John Cook School of Business, including our nationally recognized Center for Entrepreneurship and the Billiken Angels Network, which sometimes funds student-started firms. 

The SLU Entrepreneurs' Club is a student-run organization that connects students to entrepreneurship opportunities outside the classrooms. Two times a semester, the group hosts Billicon Valley, inviting startups from across St. Louis to network with our students and learn about internship and career opportunities.

Highlighted Courses

SLU’s entrepreneurship major requires 18 credits in addition to MGT 2000: Legal Environment of Business, MGT 3000: Management Theory and Practice and MGT 4000: Strategic Management and Policy, which are taken as part of the John Cook School of Business’ core curriculum.

The coursework includes nine credits of required classes, six credits of major electives and three more credits of breadth electives.

Required courses include:

  • MGT 3200: Managing Ideas in Entrepreneurial Firms or MGT 3201: Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 3210: Managing Resources in Entrepreneurial Firms
  • MGT 4200: Business Plan Development

Students then select two of the following major electives:

  • MGT 3100: Organization Behavior
  • MGT 3300: Management of Human Resources
  • MGT 3301: Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • MGT 4101: Fundamentals of Leadership
  • MGT 4102: Organizational Failure, Change and Transformation
  • MGT 4910: Management Internship

Finally, students select one of the following breadth electives:

  • FIN 3160: Real Estate
  • MKT 3400: Integrated Marketing Communications
  • MKT 3600: Marketing Research
  • MKT 4440: Personal Selling
Internships and Careers

SLU's urban location will also provide you with many internship opportunities outside the classroom. Most positions are paid, and some may earn you academic credit. Supervised by both a representative from the organization and a faculty mentor, SLU students have interned with a large variety of entrepreneurial firms in the St. Louis area.

Possible career paths for SLU entrepreneurs include business founder, venture capitalist, strategic consultant, business process re-engineering consultant and project engineer.

Faculty
  • Robert Boyle, Ph.D.
  • Jerome Katz, Ph.D.
  • Jintong Tang, Ph.D.
  • Vincent Volpe, CPA, MBA, J.D.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Entrepreneurship

Business and non-business majors can earn a minor in entrepreneurship by completing 18 credits of coursework. The required courses are:

  • ACCT 2200: Financial Accounting
  • MGT 2000: Legal Environment of Business
  • MGT 3000: Management Theory and Practice
  • MGT 3200: Managing Ideas in Entrepreneurial Firms or MGT 3201: Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 3210: Managing Resources in Entrepreneurial Firms
  • MGT 4200: Business Plan Development

On-Campus Resources

Mingle with Real  Entrepreneurs

The Center for Entrepreneurship is available for networking, peer mentoring and other resources. It offers academic competitions that evaluate business ideas from their onset through business planning and capitalization stages. You'll also have access to the Blue Diamonds Accelerator program for student business owners and the SLU Entrepreneurs' Club.