DePaul’s nationally ranked Entrepreneurship program will prepare you to start and grow your own business or to manage innovative processes in established firms. In the Entrepreneurship concentration, you will focus on the life-cycle issues of firms—from pre-venture and start-up to growth and maturity—as well as venture spin-offs and team and leadership issues.

The interrelated courses and learning experiences will teach you to master complex and ill-defined management issues across functional business areas. All courses are based on real-life entrepreneur issues and live case studies.


You will gain the skills and abilities to:
  • Think creatively and generate new business ideas.
  • Develop your business idea through market analysis.
  • Write a business plan.
  • Assess your entrepreneurial leadership skills.
  • Implement successful growth strategies.
  • Build an entrepreneurial spirit within established firms.
  • Consult for local businesses.
  • Interact directly with entrepreneurs and innovators.

Students and alumni have access to DePaul’s highly respected Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and Center for Innovation, as well as 1871, Chicago's premier business incubator, through DePaul's 1871 membership.  The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center offers practical guidance and professional connections for launching and growing businesses through workshops, guest speakers and new venture competitions that engage DePaul with the Chicago entrepreneurial and venture capital community.  The Center for Innovation fosters innovative strategies and tools for breakthrough thinking.  Named one of the Top 10 innovation programs by Fortune Small Business, the center offers programs and workshops including the annual Student Innovation Awards Competition.  The center's Innovation Lab offers Design Thinking projects for students and businesses and 3D printing services.

Career Outlook

The Entrepreneurship MBA concentration prepares students for career tracks that include business owner, business consultant, research or development consultant, innovation manager, new product development manager, market research analyst, product manager and business analyst. Alumni of DePaul’s graduate entrepreneurship programs have started more than 100 companies and raised millions of dollars in funding in recent years.
Core Requirements (varies with admission term and prior coursework) 24-48 hours
Concentration Requirements (varies with admission term)
24-36 hours
  Total hours required   48-72 hours