Management Department

Entrepreneurship and Business Development


Photo: Catherine Armstrong, EBD major, forth place winner in the Big Idea Competition.

The UNCW concentration in Entrepreneurship and Business Development is designed to prepare students for several different careers paths. These include:

  • Employment in an existing young, growing venture – not as the primary entrepreneur but either as a project manager, or in financial, business, or sales positions. In many cases, this might result in an early equity participation. This could be with a high growth, high technology venture, or a smaller, stable venture. This is a great career path for EBD students with a minor, or double major.
  • Actually starting their own business – A few EBD students actually start their own enterprises after graduation. However, many EBD students will wait 4 to 6 years before starting a business, allowing them to gain valuable experience in an industry or profession prior to starting their own business.
  • Employment with a larger corporation, possibly high technology, in an internal venture, corporate entrepreneurship division or effort, often times in technology commercialization, sales, or finance positions.
  • Returning to a family business - many entrepreneurship and business development students will return to their family business with the skills to expand and grow the business.
  • Position as a professional service provider that services small business, such insurance, real estate, accounting, or PR, import/export management firm or Customs brokers. This would also include commercial real estate, insurance, bookkeeping, and business brokerage services are natural areas for UNCW entrepreneurship graduates to seek employment in.
  • Working as a financial service advisor for small growing businesses, such as bank (business loan officer), institutional bank, financial mediation function (with broker-dealer license), investment advisor to small business, or working for investment bank/VC. etc.
  • Hospitality entrepreneurship - essentially, employment in small to mid size "hospitality" activities, such as restaurants, small hotels, travel agencies, sport fishing, etc. Coastal North Carolina has a large hospitality and tourism sector, so students may find excellent career paths in this area.Employment in "social entrepreneurship" such as not-for-profits, economic development agencies, government and planning departments, etc. This is becoming even more popular for students.
  • Students that plan to go for a further degree that will service small business, such as law, or the UNCW M.S. Accounting master's degree.
  • Further graduate degree in entrepreneurship, such as Ph.D. (there are a growing number of Ph.D. programs in entrepreneurship nationwide) or MBA (most MBA programs now have an entrepreneurship emphasis).
  • Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Music, or Film - this is a great opportunity at UNCW. UNCW has a diverse, and excellent degree offering in the create sectors, such as film, music, and art. By its very nature, these field are very entrepreneurial. EBD students with a strong background in the creative fields can pursue entrepreneurial activities in these areas.
  • Required Courses (15 Credits)
    • EBD 380 - Entrepreneurship (prerequisites: ACG 203, MKT 340)
    • EBD 480 - Managing Emerging Ventures (prerequisites: EBD 380, MGT 350) Fall Only
    • EBD 481 - Entrepreneurial Finance and Valuation (prerequisites: EBD 380, FIN 335) Fall Only
    • EBD 490 - Business Development and Commercialization (EBD 480, EBD 481) Spring Only

    And one of the following:

    • MGT 354 - Managing Innovation and Technology
    • EBD 354 - Managing Innovation and Technology
    • EBD 383 - Entrepreneurship Analytics


  • Elective Courses (Choose 2)
    • EBD 354 - Managing Innovation and Technology (MGT 354)
    • EBD 383 - Entrepreneurship Analytics
    • EBD 482 - Global Entrepreneurship (Prerequisite INB 300)
    • EBD 491 - Directed Individual Study (junior standing, CSB GPA 3.0+, permission)
    • EBD 495 - Topics in Entrepreneurship and Business Development (junior standing, permission)
    • MGT 354 - Managing Innovation and Technology (EBD 354)
    • MGT 351 - Green Business and Sustainable Enterprise
    • MGT 357 - Hospitality Management (MGT 350)
    • MGT 459 - Negotiation (MGT 350)
    • MKT 348 - Professional Selling
    • MGT 356 - Human Resource Management
    • BLA 461 - Commercial Law (junior standing)
  • "Fast Track" Program for Freshmen

    The fast track program provides a great opportunity for a few students who are interested in entrepreneurship and business development to get a head start in their studies and extra-curricular activities. Students should apply to the Fast Track program as soon as they are admitted to UNCW. Up to three freshmen will be admitted to the Entrepreneurship and Business Development (EBD) Fast Track program each year. The Fast Track program is designed to have the participants start their business courses in their freshman year. This will be possible because participants will have the math prerequisite (MAT 111 or equivalent) is  required for sophomore-level business courses. They should also have already started at least one viable business or have business experience related to entrepreneurship and/or business development while in high school. Students will also be expected to submit a brief essay on why they want to be admitted to the fast track program and they must submit a letter of recommendation. An interview (in person or via the internet) may also be required. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty.

    Students pursuing this option cannot also pursue an option in Human Resource Management or Management and Leadership

    Undergraduate Degree Program Worksheets & Option

Contact Information:

Dr. Jessica Magnus
Chair, Department of Management | 910.962.7193
Cameron Hall 200-M