American University offers a rich portfolio of entrepreneurship degrees, courses, and programs across multiple disciplines. We believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world through innovative ideas and transformational actions.
Entrepreneurship@AU focuses on experiential and innovative programming. From degrees in the arts and sports management, to programs in non-profit social enterprise and media, we offer classes that work for you, on your time frame, and on your schedule.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP@AU BY SCHOOL
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Kogod School of Business
BA: Entrepreneurship Specialization
MBA: Entrepreneurship Specialization
Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate
Entrepreneurship Initiative Incubator
Entrepreneurship Venture Fund
The arts management MA program curriculum is designed to combine current cultural and nonprofit theory with the best practices from the management field. Core courses focus on fundraising, marketing, and financial management of arts organizations. A flexible and interdisciplinary program, master’s students may take electives and rotating topic courses in museum management, art history, public administration, business administration, communication, international or public policy as well as participate in any of the Department of Performing Arts ensembles.
The biotechnology master's degree program combines course work in genomics and business management with the option of studying neuroscience or public policy. The curriculum provides students with the tools necessary for careers in the biotechnology industry, genome research institutions, and government regulatory agencies. Students take courses in entrepreneurship and business skills, and acquire hands on experience with a compulsory internship and research capstone. The goal of this program is for students to gain knowledge and skills in scientific innovation in preparation to enter and excel within the professional science workforce.
The quantitative analysis master's degree program provides students with rigorous training in the sciences coupled with course work in business and management. A capstone project and internship, along with professional development activities, prepares students with workplace relevant activities to deepen their understanding of quantitative and management methods. Program graduates are prepared for careers with government agencies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, and within the financial industry.
Individual graduate entrepreneurship courses open to all AU students
The Entrepreneurs Club offers multiple entrepreneurial related events each year and is open to all AU undergraduate and graduate students. Examples of activities and events sponsored by the club include:
The Kogod Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative believes in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world. We are committed to developing and empowering AU students to turn ideas into action for economic, environmental, and social progress. The initiative sponsors a variety of entrepreneurship programs and activities, including the Entrepreneurship Incubator and the Entrepreneurship Venture Fund.
The Entrepreneurship Incubator provides an important experiential education opportunity to AU students. The Incubator is primarily focused on helping students build successful profit or nonprofit/social entrepreneurial ventures that are sustainable and can scale over time. The Incubator is open to all AU undergraduate or graduate students.
Entrepreneurship Venture Fund
The Entrepreneurship Venture Fund provides support for students participating in the Entrepreneurship Incubator. This includes support for venture organizational agreements, incorporation, trade mark, and exploration of intellectual property issues.
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. GEW features an exciting array of entrepreneurial events, including an entrepreneurship video pitch competition with prizes. Programs are open to all AU undergraduate and graduate students.
School of Communication
Both faculty and students can participate in programs at 1776, the startup hub in downtown Washington, DC.
The School of Communication, in partnership with the Kogod School of Business, offers a media entrepreneurship master's program that trains mid-career professionals to be key digital players in the new media landscape. This program targets the next generation of innovators, managers, and idea leaders who will pioneer fresh concepts for news, information, communication, and more. This 30 credit hour program includes 12 credit hours in entrepreneurship and business skills aimed at the individual who is interested in either developing an entrepreneurial venture or building an entrepreneurial project for a current employer.
The Social Enterprise program is designed to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to launch a new social enterprise venture or play a key leadership role in an existing one. The program’s curriculum blends learning about both hard and soft management practices with an examination of the dynamics of social innovation. Based in the School of International Service, it gives special attention to enterprises dealing with issues that are global in scope.
The MPA nonprofit management concentration introduces students to a variety of general management practices used in the nonprofit sector including: building effective governance structures, acquiring resources, maintaining high standards of accountability, and managing human resources. More broadly, this concentration educates students in the many administrative challenges faced in today's "networked economy" where organizations increasingly interact, compete, and collaborate with other service providers, policy-makers, and regulators.
This interdisciplinary certificate program encompasses course offerings from the School of Public Affairs, Kogod School of Business, and School of Communication, with the opportunity for students to select courses from the School of International Service and College of Arts and Sciences as well. The certificate can serve as a foundation for students about to enter the field or can enhance the skills of individuals already working in the nonprofit sector.