Entrepreneurship, Minor

Minor in Entrepreneurship

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 24
  • $259.00
  • $396.00

Program Overview

The online Entrepreneurship, minor sets students up for success within their own business ventures as they gain a competitive edge while learning best practices for business startups. Through innovative coursework, students learn how to create new ventures in a competitive marketplace through web-based experiential learning.

In this innovative program, students gain skills and techniques vital to becoming an entrepreneur, such as: 

  • Business planning 
  • Small business management 
  • Entrepreneurial law 
  • Innovation in creativity 
  • Strategic marketing

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MGT 400Entrepreneurship3
This course explores the phenomena of entrepreneurship, including the myths, realities and impact of entrepreneurial activity. Students assess their own entrepreneurial aptitude and interests, meet a variety of entrepreneurs and investigate the processes of generating promising ideas, evaluating the viability of those ideas, finding capital, considering franchise opportunities and developing a new venture management team. The class is project-oriented with each student participating in the development of a feasibility plan for a new venture.
ACCT 413 or ACCT 312Entrepreneurial Law or Commercial Law3
ACCT 413 Entrepreneurial Law: A study of the legal issues faced by entrepreneurs and new ventures including choosing a business entity, franchising, contracts and sales law, non-compete agreements, leases, e-commerce, intellectual property, operational liabilities, insurance, going public and employment law. ACCT 312 Commercial Law: A study of the Uniform Commercial Code (including sales, commercial paper, secured transactions), credit/debtor relationships, agency law and business entities. Prerequisite: ACCT 311
SPCH 445 or MGT 405Diffusion of Innovations or Creativity and Innovation3
SPCH 445 Diffusion of Innovations: Diffusion of Innovations examines the adoption of innovations by individuals in a social system from the perspective of a communication based model. Examples of innovations include fashion trends, campaign slogans, communication technologies, hygiene practices, birth control, farming practices, hybrid powered automobiles, types of government rule (democracy) and genetically engineered foods. The diffusion phenomenon is examined emphasizing social and individual points of view. Class sessions are mostly based on lecture, with some discussion. Assessment tools include exams, case studies and a final semester project. The final project will be presented to the class. MGT 405 Creativity and Innovation: Creativity and innovation are integral to an organization's ability to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This course provides students with an understanding of how creativity and innovation can be fostered in individuals and organizations. Students will learn about theoretical frameworks of creativity and the diffusion of innovation as well as practical techniques for improving the flexibility and originality of their own design thinking and problem-solving processes. Students will be expected to play an active role in learning through class exercises, discussions and both individual and team projects.
MKT 460Strategic Product Management3
To develop an awareness and understanding of the issues, tools and techniques used from inception to launch of a product. Prerequisite: MKT 300 or permission of instructor.
MGT 401Small Business Management3
This course focuses on the operation of small business and the small business environment. This course deals with the topics related to personnel, government regulations of small business, advertising, sales promotion, accounting, forecasting, family ownership and other management related problems. Prerequisite: MKT 300
MKT 300Principles of Marketing3
The course will inform students of the theories, principles, and methods involved in the transaction and organized exchange of goods and services. Discussion of the history and evolution of marketing, its present-day challenges, and strategies connected with developing, pricing, promoting, and distributing goods and/or services. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSY 203General Psychology3
The fundamental concepts of psychology as derived through the scientific investigation of behavior are described.
MIS 282Business Intelligence using Databases3
Data Analytics uses real-time processing of sentiment, buzz, social networks, context and/or other data of interest to improve performance and impact. This course gives an overview of how business intelligence leverages data analytics to enable more informed decisions and to influence others. Students learn how to develop, explore and answer their own questions using analytical processes to examine big data sets. Prerequisite: Passing score on Business Computer Proficiency Exam or MIS 182
MGT 355Organizational Behavior3
This course is designed to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complex interrelationships of people in formal organizations. The course focuses on both individual and group behavior, with emphasis on motivation, leadership, conflict, and other aspects of organizational dynamics. Some sections use basic statistics and computer applications. Prerequisite: Junior standing
MKT 331Professional Selling3
An examination of the role of professional selling as a key component of marketing communications. Various techniques of professional selling and methods for developing long-term relationships with customers are explored, including the use of role-playing.
MUS 310Music Business3
A survey of the business aspects of the music industry with an emphasis on merchandising, recording, publishing, managing, broadcasting, promotion, licensing and copyrights. Includes information on career planning and development.
MGT 301Principles of Management3
An integrated study of the functions of a manager: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. An in-depth look at various management theories.
MKT 435Marketing Research3
This experiential learning course applies basic statistical tools to structured research procedures for data processing and analysis, data visualization, and inferential statistics to develop predictive modeling and prescriptive marketing strategies for clients. Prerequisite: MKT 300 and MGT 233 or STAT 241.
MGT 409Leadership: Skills, Applications, Research3
This course is designed to give students preparing for careers in business, government and the nonprofit sector a working knowledge of leadership styles, principles, models and practical applications. Students will learn to engage critically in analytical and intellectual examination and reflection of certain core issues in the practice of leadership. Topics covered include history of leadership, leadership traits and behaviors, motivation and communication patterns, teamwork, use of power, development of trust, effective group facilitation, negotiation and persuasion, effective change and ethics.
FIN 308Principles of Finance3
Concepts of firm valuation and capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, and analysis of financial statements. Prerequisites: ACCT 251 and ECON 271.
MKT 457E-Marketing3
Prereq: passing score on Business Computer Proficiency Examination The pragmatic and theoretical aspects of E-marketing, including E-mail orders and direct response advertising, reassurability and accountability, E-mail lists and data, plus the integration of E-marketing programs into total marketing efforts and into overall organization goals and functions.
MKT 336Services Marketing3
Prereq: none This course presents concepts and strategies for addressing the distinctive marketing challenges in service industries, including the tourism, hospitality, banking, healthcare, and professional services.
MGT 495Administrative Strategy and Policy3
As the capstone course in business, the course is designed (1) to integrate the knowledge acquired in other courses in business administration, and (2) to emphasize analysis and decision-making. Prerequisite: FIN 308 and MKT 300 and either MGT 301 or MGT 355.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.