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Should I Earn an Entrepreneurship Degree?

Entrepreneurship Degree Overview


What Is an Entrepreneurship Degree?
An entrepreneurship degree is an academic degree awarded to students who have completed a college, university, or business school program related to entrepreneurship or small business management.

Types of Entrepreneurship Degrees
There are four basic types of entrepreneurship degrees that can be earned from a college, university, or business school: A degree is not a must for entrepreneurs--many people have launched successful businesses without a formal education. However, degree programs in entrepreneurship can help students learn more about accounting, ethics, economics, finance, marketing, management, and other business topics.

An associate's degree in entrepreneurship can be earned within two years. A bachelor's degree program usually lasts four years, and a master's program can typically be completed within two years after earning a bachelor's degree. Students who have earned a master's degree in entrepreneurship could earn a doctoral degree in four to six years.

The amount of time that it takes to complete any of these degree programs is dependent on the school offering the program and the student's level of study. For example, students who study part-time will take more time to earn a degree than students who study full-time.

What Can I Do with an Entrepreneurship Degree
Many people who earn an entrepreneurship degree go on to start their own business. However, there are other jobs that can be pursued with an entrepreneurship degree. Possible job options include, but are not limited to:
  • Business Manager - Business managers typically plan, direct, and oversee operations and employees.
  • Corporate Recruiter - Corporate recruiters help corporate firms locate, research, interview, and hire employees.
  • Human Resources Manager - Human resources managers supervise aspects of employee relations and may evaluate and formulate policies relating to company personnel.
  • Management Analyst - Management analysts analyze and evaluate operating procedures and then make recommendations based on their findings.
  • Marketing Research Analyst - Marketing research analysts collect and analyze information to determine the demand for a potential product or service.

Learn More about Earning an Entrepreneurship Degree
You can learn more about earning an entrepreneurship degree or pursuing a career in entrepreneurship by clicking on the following links:
  • About Entrepreneurs - The About.com Guide to Entrepreneurs offers advice on funding, starting, managing, and growing a business.
  • Entrepreneur - This site offers information on starting your own business, marketing, advertising, management, and more.
  • Young Entrepreneur - This site serves as an online social networking forum for entrepreneurs around the world.

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