Major, Minor, Certificate, Electives & More

The Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the David Eccles School of Business in partnership with the Lassonde Institute provides many academic programs to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Choose from a major, minor, certificate, electives and more. Through the world-class and highly experiential curricula, you’ll learn the essential entrepreneurship and business management knowledge, skills, frameworks and tools needed to help you create value for yourself and society.


The major is intended for students who want to pursue starting their own businesses. The curriculum helps you identify opportunities, understand how to capitalize on those opportunities and become successful entrepreneurs. You will develop the diverse range of foundational skills necessary to become effective entrepreneurs. You will participate in highly experiential programs and activities offered by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the Lassonde Studios, one of the most innovative entrepreneurship spaces in the world.

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The purpose of the entrepreneurship minor’s curriculum is to teach you the foundational entrepreneurship and innovation skills necessary to create valuable solutions to pressing problems within any organizational setting. The revamped minor allows students — already advanced in the study of business — to focus on ideation and innovation and managing new ventures within established firms.

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In the certificate program, you have no pre-business classes to complete and you take a total of six courses, including two in your home colleges that are tailored to your particular areas of study. Of the 18 hours you must complete to get the certificate, only six hours are upper division. For non-business students, the certificate program offers the entire range of entrepreneurship skill-building opportunities including ideation, innovation, marketing, and finance without the prerequisites needed to be admitted to the David Eccles School of Business. The certificate is a cost- and time-effective way for you to get the skills you need to start up your own companies or work for a startup. Certificate students also have opportunities to work with the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute just as Entrepreneurship majors and minors do.

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Innovation Scholar

The Innovation Scholar program at the University of Utah provides undergraduates an opportunity to explore big questions and problems that inspire you. Innovation Scholars chart a personal direction of finding innovative solutions to these questions. Along the way, you get to match your passion with a purpose, invent your own future and tap into the rich community of innovators at the U. Get started, and get inspired. The first step is to register for the Innovation Scholar Road Map class (UGS3050, HONOR 3050, and BUS3050). Throughout the Road Map Class you will explore your goals and passions, learn about the process of innovation, create your own solution-based road map, and create a personalized online portfolio that illustrates your accomplishment.

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The Ph.D. Program in Entrepreneurship and Strategy is designed to develop scholars who will be able to contribute to the field through research and scholarship. Students work closely with world- renowned faculty who have extensive publication records and experience training and placing doctoral students. Our program prepares individuals for academic careers through a rigorous course of study including theory seminars and training in a variety of research methodologies. Our program takes four to five years to complete. In that time, students engage in research collaborations with DESB faculty members and other doctoral students. Students also have opportunities to teach or assist in teaching courses, consistent with and complementing their research progress. One of the unique aspects of our program is that students are expected to participate in the annual Winter Strategy conference, co-hosted with BYU, which is a highly regarded invitation-only conference. This gives students the opportunity to interact with leading senior and junior scholars from around the world in a smaller, more-relaxed setting.

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Classes and Electives

Just want to take a class to get a taste or fill an elective requirement? We offer many classes that you can take to satisfy your curiousity. Introductory classes include Entrepreneurship and Society, Entrepreneurship and the Startup Methods, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Entrepreneurial Finance and more. Advance classes include Entrepreneurial Analytics, Global Challenges for the Entrepreneur, Venture Trents and more. Browse the course catalog to see what’s available.

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