Inside the Classroom

Academic Offerings

Building an entrepreneurial-mindset begins in the classroom. Students across all academic disciplines have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship through NC State’s many programs, majors and minors.

World-class faculty members include the McPherson Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship, the Jenkins Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and the 2015 Risley Entrepreneur of the Year.


Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program

The Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program is developing the next generation of agriculture entrepreneurs through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Learn more.

Arts Entrepreneurship

The Arts Entrepreneurship Minor helps emerging arts entrepreneurs leverage a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures. Learn more.

Entrepreneurship in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers an entrepreneurship track specifically for those pursuing a degree in computer science. Learn more.

Engineering Entrepreneurs Program

The Engineering Entrepreneurs Program is an alternate to senior design, providing fully-immersive, multi-disciplinary, simulation-like learning. Learn more.

Entrepreneurship Clinic

Inspired by the university teaching hospital model, the Entrepreneurship Clinic integrates research, teaching and real world experience by providing a place where faculty, students, entrepreneurs and service providers go to teach, learn and build the next generation of businesses in Raleigh. Learn more.

Technology Entrepreneurship Commercialization

The Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) program is a unique interdisciplinary program that provides students the knowledge, skills and tools needed for bringing technology innovations to market. Learn more.

42 Courses

NC State offers 42 entrepreneurship-related courses for undergraduate and graduate students.


NC State has several offerings for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying entrepreneurship.


Business Administration with Concentration in Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship concentration is cross­ disciplinary, focusing on the challenges of establishing and managing new and growing ventures. The business environment and management skills required for success in new ventures are significantly different from those in established, mature organizations. The entrepreneurship concentration is relevant to students preparing to work in a variety of entrepreneurial environments.

Undergraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

The Undergraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship has been designed to be applicable to students in all areas of study here at NC State. Students who will find this certificate most engaging will be those students interested in turning ideas into action through starting ventures, working in a startup environment or applying entrepreneurial thinking skills to an existing organization.


Master in Business Administration w/ Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization

The Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization curriculum provides graduate students from management and other disciplines across campus the opportunity to engage in all stages of company formation and growth. Supported by a network of entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers, students are challenged with starting the next generation of high growth ventures.

Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC)

Awarded by The Graduate School, the graduate certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) is a unique interdisciplinary program that provides students the knowledge, skills and tools needed for bringing technology innovations to market. The curriculum is equally valuable for those seeking to start a new company based on an innovative technology and for those working within an established firm to bring new technologies to the marketplace.

Course Listings

  • EI 201: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • MIE 310: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MIE 410: Business Opportunity Analysis
  • MIE 411: Managing a Growth Venture
  • MIE 412: Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs
  • MIE 413: New Venture Planning
  • MIE 416: The Legal Dynamics of Entrepreneurship
  • MIE 418: Social Entrepreneurship Practicum
  • MIE 419: Entrepreneurship Practicum
  • ECE 383 & 483: Engineering Entrepreneurs Program
  • ECE 482: Engineering Entrepreneurship and New Product Development I
  • BME 451: Biomedical Engineering Senior Design I
  • ID 492: Special Topics in Industrial Design
  • ID 582: Innovation and Design
  • PS 203: Introduction to Nonprofits
  • HI 380: History of Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Change
  • COM 466: Nonprofit Leadership and Development
  • NPS 490: Internship in Nonprofit Studies
  • NPS 498: Capstone Seminar in Nonprofit Studies
  • FTM 310: Entrepreneurship and New Product Development in Textiles

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