Business Administration Major: Entrepreneurial Studies Option (B.S.)

Business Administration Major: Entrepreneurial Studies Option (B.S.)
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The business administration entrepreneurial studies major at UNH is where your ideas meet action. Here, you will learn what it takes to launch a new venture or help an established company innovate new programs or products.

Our entrepreneurship program will give you the opportunity to collaborate with real startups, veteran entrepreneurs, and angel investors. You'll also gain real-world experience through internships, venture capital projects, and business plan competitions!

With the guidance of professors and successful business leaders, the business administration entrepreneurial studies option helps you build the skills, knowledge, networks, and confidence to launch your dream venture or drive innovation within any organization.

What is entrepreneurial studies?

Entrepreneurial studies is not just marketing, management or finance — it’s all of that and more. If you are creative and want to bring that creativity and innovation into your profession — whether you are interested in starting your own business, working for a new venture, investing in start-ups, or becoming involved in new venture creation within an established organization — then entrepreneurial studies is a great choice.

Why study entrepreneurial studies at UNH?

The business administration entrepreneurial studies major at UNH fosters an entrepreneurial culture. It is focused on applied, real-world learning where teachers are not only world-renowned faculty members, but also include entrepreneurs, employers, and investors. Key program features include an internship at an entrepreneurial venture, and a year-long cohort that allows like-minded, innovative students to work closely together on a senior project, supporting each other as they develop their own venture and learn about business concepts from both the entrepreneur and investor viewpoint.

Potential careers

  • Analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial advisor
  • Investor
  • Managing director
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Sales manager

Educational Program Coordinator II
Phone: (603) 862-3341
Office: Center for Venture Research, Paul College Rm 236, Durham, NH 03824

Decision Sciences
Phone: (603) 862-3373
Office: Decision Sciences, Paul College Rm 360N, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Entrepreneurial Studies is designed for students interested in entrepreneurship and creativity and who seek to learn about starting high growth business, working for a new venture, investing in start-ups or becoming involved in a new venture creation within an established organization. The ES option fosters an entrepreneurial culture throughout the program with a priority on applied learning in the dynamic environment of entrepreneurial ventures. Students apply what they’ve learned to a senior project and in conducting due diligence for investors. The ES option studies entrepreneurship from the entrepreneurs, employees and the investor’s perspective. 

Sample Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ADMN 400
or ADMN 410
Introduction to Business
or Management Information Systems
ECON 401
or ECON 402
Principles of Economics (Macro)
or Principles of Economics (Micro)
MATH 422
or MATH 424A
Mathematics for Business Applications
or Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431 Business Ethics 4
ADMN 403 Computing Essentials for Business 1
PAUL 405 Freshman Academic Experience I 1
ADMN 410
or ADMN 400
Management Information Systems
or Introduction to Business
ECON 402
or ECON 401
Principles of Economics (Micro)
or Principles of Economics (Macro)
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery 4
PAUL 406 Freshman Academic Experience II 1
Second Year
ADMN 502 Financial Accounting 4
ADMN 510 Business Statistics 4
Discovery 4
Discovery 4
ADMN 503 Managerial Accounting 4
ADMN 585
or ADMN 575
or Behavior in Organizations
Discovery 4
Discovery 4
PAUL 660
or PAUL 690
BiP-Social Intelligence Topics
or BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics
Third Year
ADMN 575
or ADMN 585
Behavior in Organizations
or Marketing
ADMN 570
or ADMN 580
Introduction to Financial Management
or Quantitative Decision Making
Discovery 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
BiP Business in Practice (PAUL 660, 670, 680 or 690) 2
ADMN 580
or ADMN 570
Quantitative Decision Making
or Introduction to Financial Management
MKTG 763
or MKTG 764
Marketing Analytics
or New Product Development
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
BiP Business in Practice (PAUL 660, 670, 680 or 690) 2
Fourth Year
DS 741 Private Equity/Venture Capital 4
DS 742 Internship in Entrepreneurial and Management Practice 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
BiP Business in Practice (PAUL 660, 670, 680 or 690) 2
ADMN 775
ADMN 700
Strategic Management: Decision Making
and PAUL Assessment of Core Knowledge
MGT 733 Launching New Ventures 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1 4
 Total Credits139

Students can explore a second option, second major, minor, or general electives.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Administration core requirements
ADMN courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 510Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 775Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

This is the capstone course in the business administration  program, and satisfies the capstone requirement of  the Discovery Program. Students may be required to concurrently enroll in ADMN 700 PAUL Assessment of Core Knowledge (zero credits) for AACSB accreditation purposes.


Students may satisfy PAUL 660, PAUL 670, PAUL 680, PAUL 690 requirements through other courses/experiences with approved intelligence attributes assigned.  

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Option in Entrepreneurial Studies

MKTG 763Marketing Analytics4
or MKTG 764 New Product Development
DS 741Private Equity/Venture Capital4
DS 742Internship in Entrepreneurial and Management Practice4
MGT 733Launching New Ventures4
Total Credits16

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core content areas of business.
  • Students will think critically to address business situations.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills to interact effectively in business situations.
  • Students will identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a business situation by applying a multiple stakeholder lens.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of business practices as they relate to local, national and global competitiveness.

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