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Entrepreneurs Choose UMSL

Choose UMSL to earn your bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Turn an idea into a business. Develop skills that set you apart in your job search. Get out of the classroom and into the real world. Collaborate with leaders, work with start-ups, or earn funding to launch your own.



What is entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is the process of launching new businesses as well as championing ideas within existing organizations. At UMSL, we offer next practices in fostering 21st century skills and developing a mindset that allows innovators to move farther faster.

Skillset: Do you want to go beyond leading a meeting to leading a team with the development of an idea? Do you want to accelerate ideas into actionable plans and pitch them to leaders or venture capitalists? Our degree program doesn’t lecture outdated theory. We offer knowledge on 21st century skills including design thinking, business model canvas, and public speaking. You’ll leave with a bias towards action needed for success — whether you want to accelerate your own business or someone else’s.

Mindset: Those problems you’re going to approach — do you have a passion to solve it no matter what? Do you want to learn how to seek opportunities to create impactful solutions? It’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur or innovator at UMSL. With practicing entrepreneurs as your guides, we use practical training to enhance your mind to think entrepreneurially. A skill which will get you further, faster in any field or industry.

Opportunity recognition and analysis  |  Creativity and innovation  |  Risk assessment and management  |  Entrepreneurial marketing  |  Project management techniques  |  Securing and leveraging financial resources  |  Leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills  |  Social and emotional competence



“UMSL Accelerate is the ultimate educational experience. Entrepreneurship classes, brilliant mentors, genuine internships, everything that college students need for a successful career.”

— Fernando Robledo, UMSL graduate, 2018



Why study entrepreneurship at UMSL?

A degree in entrepreneurship at UMSL is a degree from our internationally recognized College of Business Administration, ranked among the top 2% of business schools in the world thanks to our dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

St. Louis has one of the most thriving entrepreneurship communities in the U.S. In fact, Forbes named us among the “Top 10 Rising Cities for Startups.” No other university is better connected to that community than UMSL.

UMSL has UMSL Accelerate, a first-of-its kind entrepreneurial resource that offers hands-on experience through exclusive partnerships with Ameren Accelerator, Capital Innovators and other entrepreneurial giants.

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Entrepreneurship Emphasis Requirements

Along with meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, students must complete 15 credit hours of select courses to earn the entrepreneurship emphasis.

*Other elective courses may be taken with approval of program coordinator.


“It’s a great day to be an innovator and entrepreneurs at UMSL. Our students are as smart and creative as any. We provide next generation processes including mind set, design and agile thinking that will move students further, faster whether they accelerate their business or create change at an organization.” 

Dan Lauer, Founding Executive Director, UMSL Accelerate, and inventor of the world famous Waterbabies Doll


From Fortune 500 firms to local startups, we partner with more than 400 companies and organizations to offer you paid internship programs to jump-start your career. That means experience.

More than 150 local executives serve on UMSL Business advisory boards, assisting us with current trends, mentorships, internships, jobs, advice, and financial support. That means opportunity.

UMSL boasts the largest alumni network in the St. Louis region, including more than 30,000 business graduates who live and work in the area. That means connections.



UMSL Means Business

The UMSL College of Business Administration is accredited by the world’s premier business school accrediting organization, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, in both business and accounting. This places UMSL among the top two percent of business schools worldwide.