UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

9 Credit Hours

Entrepreneurial career opportunities come in many forms, whether you want to start your own company, work for a start-up, find an entrepreneurial opportunity within a larger company, or go into related areas, such as venture capital or social entrepreneurship. The emphasis in entrepreneurial studies is designed to give students the necessary skills to identify and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities either directly after graduation or (more often) later in their careers.

Students must complete a minimum of 3 courses and 9.0 credit hours,
including one core course and two electives.

Required:  One of the following core courses is required:


  • BUSI 500 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 506 Venture Capital and Startups (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 590-018 Business Seminar: Entrepreneurs Lab (3.0 credits)

Electives:  6.0 credits are required from any of the following courses:


  • BUSI 461: Independent Study in Entrepreneurship (3.0 credits) (subject to undergraduate business program approval)
  • BUSI 501: Professional Selling Strategies (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 503: Family Business I: Introduction to Family Enterprise (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 504: Launching the Venture (1.5 credits) (Permission of the instructor required)
  • BUSI 505: Entrepreneurial Consulting (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 507: Sustainable Business & Social Entrepreneurship (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 512: Family Business II: Governance and Ownership (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 517: Private Equity and Debt Markets (1.5 credits)
  • BUSI 564: New Product Development (3.0 credits)
  • BUSI 623 and 624: Global Venturing (3.0 credits each) (Restricted to GLOBE)


 For students seeking to substitute study abroad or any credit earned outside of the business school, a petition to substitute an emphasis requirement must be submitted via the online request form available on the intranet. If approved, a maximum of 1 course (or 3 credit hours) may apply to an emphasis.

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