The best entrepreneurs are those who possess a solid functional knowledge of the business world, the skills and vision to inspire and motivate others, and the ability to navigate change and persist in the belief of their ideas. The University of Minnesota Crookston can help you strengthen your skills and expand your knowledge base while mentoring your enthusiasm and drive.
Entrepreneurial behavior is increasingly recognized as a critical necessity for growth of the economy—both here in the U.S. and internationally. The primary driver of economic growth is the creation of jobs by small businesses. UMC’s major in Entrepreneurship provides students access to education and training in skills and behaviors related to the recognition of ideas and potential ventures, feasibility evaluation, assembling resources, and launching of new ventures. Entrepreneurship grads add immediate value in any organizational setting, whether starting their own venture or serving an organization as an employee.
The field of entrepreneurship offers considerable career flexibility and opportunity advancement in many areas. A strong entrepreneur has knowledge of business development and finance as well as creativity, innovation, and drive. UMC students receive training and practical experience in entrepreneurship delivered by faculty who excel in mentoring students to their greatest potential. Graduates with a UMC Entrepreneurship major will have the opportunity to advance to positions of leadership and build rewarding careers that create economic and social value, strengthen society, and enhance quality of life on a global scale.
- The underlying quality of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to create and develop sustainable business ideas and adapt to changing conditions. Students will learn and refine a broad range of skills including opportunity recognition, applied creativity, small business finance, and business plan and strategy development.
- As the applied learning campus of the U of M system, UMC hires faculty and staff who work to ensure our graduates can make an immediate contribution to their employer’s efforts. Our faculty mentors, staff advisors, and curriculum help students take control of their career by gaining a sound base of theoretical knowledge and a strong grasp of how to approach problems and opportunities in a fast-changing world.
- The University of Minnesota Crookston has a tradition of providing experiential learning, and its Business Department has long embraced an applied approach to course delivery, infusing significant “learning by doing” elements into its curriculum.
- As part of its land-grant mission, UMC is dedicated to serving the economic and social needs of the region and state. A student majoring in Entrepreneurship can enhance the work of the UMC’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) and Economic Development Assistance (EDA) Center in assisting entrepreneurs and economic development entities in their efforts to build businesses, communities, and regions. Through course-based team projects and coordination of internships, students gain experience and assist CRES and EDA in helping actual clients make better decisions about future actions.
- Student exposure to these field-based projects enhances their learning and provides them the opportunity to start developing a network of contacts, further enhancing their options for employment in the region after graduation.
- UMC’s Business Department also offers majors and minors in Accounting, Finance, Management, Manufacturing Management, Marketing, Quality Management, and Sport and Recreation Management. Students may wish to double-major or select minors that further enhance their career plans. Another popular major that works well with Entrepreneurship is Communication, which is offered by UMC’s Liberal Arts and Education Department as both a major and a minor.
- UMC graduates possess a sound working knowledge of finance, creativity, and business planning, and they benefit from the real life experience of others. This education gives graduates a prospective edge in the labor market. Taken together, all these elements add up to an exceptional educational experience for students completing a major in Entrepreneurship at UMC.
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Associated Clubs & Organizations
Associated Clubs & Organizations
The demand for new entrepreneurs is essential for the country’s economic growth. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), firms with less than 500 employees, comprise the great majority of private sector jobs in Northwest Minnesota. Entrepreneurship majors not only intelligently and astutely prepare to launch and grow their own business, but also equip themselves with highly transferable skills important to any organizational context. They also often have a special creativity and persistence that help them keep moving ideas forward.
Graduates of UMC’s major in Entrepreneurship will be particularly well-suited to employment in local, regional, and state economic development agencies. This is because they will have become well-acquainted with programs available to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses at various stages of development, and how to properly utilize them. This degree also provides a solid training ground for career positions in commercial banking, particularly at institutions that frequently utilize Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantee programs.
While it can often entail starting a new business, a career-track in entrepreneurship exists in nearly every industry or organization. Entrepreneurs work to develop ideas, create and refine products and services, and grow companies and industries. They sometimes, but not always, work for a family-owned business or for themselves, but many work within traditional companies and organizations. Entrepreneurial skills are valued in every industry, so opportunities are nearly endless.
Prospective jobs for Entrepreneurship graduates include:
- Small Business Owners and Franchise Managers
- New Venture Developers
- E-Commerce Entrepreneurs
- Sales Managers, Marketing Managers and Sales Representatives
- "Work at Home" Business Owners or “One-Person Firms”
- Business Consultants
- Commercial Bankers
- Business Reporters and Recruiters
- Fundraisers and Development Officers
- Positions in Research and Development
The UMC Advantage
The UMC Advantage
Small Campus. Big Degree.
Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.
Learning and Doing
At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.
Caring Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.
A Technology-Rich Environment
At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.
Internships, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.
Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.
Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.
One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options
Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.
Leadership, Clubs and Athletics
Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…
In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.
A Diverse, Global Experience
The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.
Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.