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Academic Programs / Business & Management
Arvind Parkhe, Chair
Robert McNamee, Academic Director
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI)
Entrepreneurs are creative problem-solvers that are driven to have a big impact on the world. Many of Temple University's Entrepreneurship students start new businesses during or after college, but many more go on to work in exciting jobs with companies that realize the importance of innovation and the value of students that can think outside the box, recognize opportunities, and get the job done.
For students interested in Entrepreneurship, we offer several options ranging from our major, minor, and certificate (see below) to a Living Learning Community (Innovate and Create), a General Education course, Strategic Management 0827 (Creativity and Organizational Innovation), and numerous free workshops and competitions that are open to students from across Temple University. Please check Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute’s web site for details on all our programs.
Temple's Entrepreneurship programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation (2012 Princeton Review: #8 undergraduate; #13 graduate). Through these programs you will learn how to be more creative, to recognize and generate innovations in all their forms, to understand the ecosystems and value chains of industries in order to identify opportunities for new businesses or products, and you will be given the knowledge and tools necessary to launch and manage your own business or successfully propose new business ideas and change initiatives in any companies you work for or with.
The Entrepreneurship major is a good choice for students who:
The program is designed with a balance of theory and practice and our courses are taught by world-leading researchers, successful serial entrepreneurs, experienced venture capital executives, and senior innovation managers. Course work is closely tied to the applied programs of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) like the Be Your Own Boss Bowl (BYOBB) and other competitions (e.g., our capstone course focuses on coaching students on finalizing an idea for a new business and writing a business plan that can be submitted to the BYOBB for a chance to win over $100k in prizes).
We want our Entrepreneurship majors to have experience when they graduate. Thus, our program includes a required internship course, and we expect all Entrepreneurship majors be active members in the Entrepreneurial Student Association (ESA) where they can work on a variety of interesting projects with local companies and the community. More information on our internship program can be found here (including internships available to all Temple students) and information regarding the ESA (including how to join and meeting times) can be found here.
All new students starting in the 2013-2014 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
Note that students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.
Students must meet College Graduation Requirements, including the requirements of the major listed below. Students must attain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major and must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall in order to graduate as an entrepreneurship major. Students pursuing the entrepreneurship major are expected to participate in the Entrepreneurial Student Association. Use the major GPA calculator at www.fox.temple.edu/cms_academics/dept/advising/ to calculate the GPA in the major.
Major Requirements for new students
Students must follow the Major Requirements and College Requirements current at the time of declaration. Students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University, College, and Major requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.
Suggested Sequence for new students
Please note that this sequence is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met. Students' academic sequences may differ based on individual academic plans.
Motivated students can accelerate their BBA program to finish in 3 years. Please see the suggested sequence.
Students in any college who wish to understand how to innovate, pursue opportunities, and turn their ideas into reality by creating and managing a successful entrepreneurial or innovative business or social venture can pursue a minor in entrepreneurship.
Requirements for the minor must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor.
Information Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor
The Fox School Information Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ITIE) minor integrates two of the most important elements of the Fox School: the enabling role of IT and the drive of entrepreneurial thinking. It is offered as a joint venture between the departments of Strategic Management and Management Information Systems.
Who Should Minor In ITIE?
The minor is appropriate for all Fox School majors but particularly relevant for students in marketing, finance, human resources, and MIS who are interested in applying IT in an entrepreneurial manner. Students who minor in ITIE will be well suited to work for corporations who want to drive new IT enabled innovative projects and for technology enabled start-ups.
Requirements for the minor must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor. For more information about this minor, please visit: http://community.mis.temple.edu/programs/minor-in-itie/.
Requirements for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Non-Business Majors)
The nine-credit, three course undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to provide coursework to support alternative, entrepreneurial career paths for students across the university; to promote the entrepreneurial spirit by fostering opportunity recognition and resource acquisition that leads to innovation and invention; and to increase awareness of, and participation in, entrepreneurial opportunities available to all Temple students. This certificate will be jointly issued by the Fox School of Business and Management and its partner schools, and will appear on the student's transcript.
The requirements for this certificate must be completed prior to graduation. Courses cannot be used to meet minor requirements if already used to meet the requirements for a major or a different minor or certificate.
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