An Entrepreneurial Mindset

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

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.

28 Courses

NC State offers 28 entrepreneurship-related courses for undergraduate and graduate students.


NC State has one undergraduate major administered through the Poole College of Management. For graduate students, the Jenkins MBA program offers a concentration in entrepreneurship and a certificate option with the Graduate School.


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.


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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