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MBA Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship MBA

Available to 15- and 20-Month MBA Students

Entrepreneurship is, at its core, a creative activity. It involves starting a new venture with an innovative idea — frequently for a market that currently does not exist. As a result, the entrepreneurship concentration at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School is built upon MBA courses designed to help you tap into your creativity, and then translate your vision into a real business that not only produces wealth, but allows you to express your personal values.

Your first step includes two MBA courses to assist you in discovering your own brainchild - a personally compelling venture idea with large market potential. These are followed by three MBA courses to help you flesh out a business model that will generate profits, build your organization, and make a connection with your market.

Your final step is a course that pulls it all together, resulting in a business plan that you present to a panel of angel and venture capital investors.

Concentration Courses

Students who complete the Entrepreneurship concentration and produce a business plan (as part of the course requirements for ENTR 625) that adequately addresses the SEER macro-values (as determined by the SEER Committee) will have satisfied the course requirements necessary for the Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible Business Practice. All Entrepreneurship courses (i.e., ENTR 661, ENTR 662, ENTR 624, and ENTR 625) are SEER certified, and the capstone course for the Entrepreneurship concentration (i.e., ENTR 625) is a pre-approved substitute for STGY 645 as the final required course for the SEER certificate. In addition to completing all the SEER certified courses, students must also meet designated service requirements to earn the Certificate. Further information on the service requirement can be found in a different section of this catalog specifically pertaining to the SEER Certificate.

  • ENTR 624 Building a Business Model (4)
  • ENTR 625 Launching a New Venture (4)

Additional Required Courses

Please choose 4 units from the following entrepreneurship-related courses:

Course No. Course Title Units
ACCT 632 Financial Statement Analysis 2
BSCI 631 Leadership and Organizational Success 2
FINC 623 Business Valuation 2
FINC 630 Private Capital Markets 2
FINC 663 Financing Small Businesses 2
ISTM 628 Technology for Start-ups and Small Business 2
LEGL 668 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship 2
MKTG 661 Product Innovation and Management 2
MKTG 665 Marketing Small Businesses 2
OTMT 618 Designing and Managing International Organizations 2
OTMT 630 Family Business 2
STGY 640 Social Entrepreneurship 2
STGY 645 Responsible Business Practice Capstone 2

Please note that this sequence is for 20-month MBA students. Since a specific course sequencing is required, other Full-time MBA students desiring a concentration in entrepreneurship must speak with their program advisor before the start of the fall term of their first year. This includes all 12- and 15-month students.