Program Details

Program Outline

Our Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Entrepreneurship combines core courses in business fundamentals with in-depth study of entrepreneurial principles, concepts, employment law and budgeting. At the same time, you can develop key managerial skills such as team leadership and management tactics.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Examine the legal environment and various challenges of managing modern organizations
  • Explore the main responsibilities of a manager or supervisor are to lead their teams and provide the motivation and skills needed to achieve organizational goals
  • Learn negotiation tactics and strategy, how to build ethical work environments and legal compliance
  • Understand contracting and procurement activities within a global supply supply-chain organization
  • Recognize the social implications and use and evaluation of common microcomputer software packages

General Education

BUSN 125 Applied Business Mathematics


COMP 101 Introduction to Computers


COMP 102 Introduction to Computers Lab


ECON 220 Microeconomics


ECON 224 Macroeconomics


ENGL 106 English Composition I


ENGL 107 English Composition II


HUMA 205 Art Appreciation


HUMA 215 Topics in Cultural Studies


PRES 111 Presentation Essentials




SCIE 206 Biology


SCIE 207 Biology Lab


SCIE 210 Environmental Science


SCIE 211 Environmental Science Lab


General Education Electives (1)


Total Credit Hours: 58.5


General Electives

A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program

Total Credit Hours: 36

Students enrolled in the Fashion Marketing Specialization Option are required to take: FASH 212, Historical and Contextual Studies, in place of HUMA 205 Art Appreciation; and FASH 209, Fashion Cycle, in place of one General Elective.

Lower Division Core

ACCT 205 Principles of Accounting I


BUSN 105 Introduction to Business


BUSN 150 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business


MKTG 205 Principles of Marketing


Total Credit Hours: 18

Upper Division Core

ACCT 310 Managerial Accounting


BUSN 311 Quantitative Methods and Analysis


FINA 310 Financial Management


MGMT 310 Management and Leadership of Organizations


MGMT 315 Survey of Human Resource Management


MGMT 305 Management Information Systems


Total Credit Hours: 27



ACCT 430 Taxation


FINA 425 Budgeting


MGMT 340 Building Teams and Resolving Conflict


MGMT 402 Employment and Labor Law


MGMT 412 Project Management


MGMT 422 Advanced Entrepreneurship


MGMT 440 Managing Project Risks and Opportunities


MGMT 444 Team Leadership


MGMT 499 Program Capstone


Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:

Building Teams and Resolving Conflict

This course examines principles of team building and conflict resolution. Methods of building cohesive teams and diffusing confrontation will be discussed. Students will also explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from a diverse workforce.

Advanced Entrepreneurship

In this course, students will learn to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage a business. The main objective of the course is to experience the challenges of starting and financing a new company. The main focus will be in-depth exposure to the process of starting and scaling an enterprise from an idea and business plan into a company, examining and exploring the entrepreneurial process, and analyze business decisions that entrepreneurs face.

Managerial Accounting

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of accounting information in support of decision making and planning throughout the organization. Students will learn accounting methods for planning and controlling operations through budgets, responsibility centers and cost management. Furthermore, students will learn various measures and analysis techniques to evaluate the performance of the business.

Employment and Labor Law

The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the legal environment of the modern workplace, including an awareness of the legal, social, economic and political forces impacting the law, and responsive strategies for the business manager. Some of the key areas covered include the law impacting the workplace, the employer-employee contract, anti-discrimination law, employee testing and privacy, regulatory agencies, retirement compensation, workers compensation, and other statutory rights.

Principles of Marketing

Students will study and apply the fundamentals of marketing within an organization and the contemporary market environment. The course will focus on marketing strategy and development of a marketing mix.

Team Leadership

This course focuses on the main responsibilities of manager or supervisor which is to lead their teams and to provide the motivation and skills to achieve organizational goals. It helps students to improve the direction, motivation and goal achievement for their teams and their organizations, and students are introduced research perspectives on leadership, the personal side of leadership, the leader as a relationship builder, and the leader as a social architect.

Managing Project Risks and Opportunities

This course will provide students a conceptual framework of managing risks that threaten projects and how to develop a risk management plan. The course will provide a review of basic project risk management concepts and processes.


This course will provide the students the fundamentals of individual income taxation. A background of accounting courses is not essential for this course. The course may be of special interest to non-accounting majors. Topics include exemptions, exclusions, and deductions available to the individual. These concepts will aid the student in the preparation of an individual tax return.


This course will provide fundamental understanding of budgeting, budgeting process and includes a practical guide for preparing financial budgets.

Principles of Marketing

Students will study and apply the fundamentals of marketing within an organization and the contemporary market environment. The course will focus on marketing strategy and development of a marketing mix.

Project Management

This course explores principles of project management to gain fundamental knowledge to enhance management outcomes including human resources management, communications management, scope management, quality management, scheduling/time management, cost and resource management, risk management, contract/procurement management, and project integration.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous business/concentrations courses. The class sessions are designed to familiarize students with the many dimensions of business, with special emphasis on the area of specialization.

Course content subject to change.

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience

Career Paths

There are millions of small businesses in the U.S.—and thousands more get started each month.1

It’s not easy to launch a business and make it a success. That’s why if you plan to go the way of an entrepreneur, you need to lay the groundwork, learn the ropes, and be diligent and methodical about your decisions.The good news is that earning an online business degree can help develop and hone the skills you need.

Key Skills for Entrepreneurs

Instincts are key, but they need to be backed up by specialized coursework focused on your area of interest. AIU’s entrepreneurship program covers the fundamentals of not just starting but running and growing a business effectively, such as:

  • Marketing
  • Team leadership
  • Budget management
  • Purchasing
  • Human-resource management
  • Capitalization and investment
  • Technology management
  • Business law

Entrepreneurship Development

As an entrepreneur, you’re a leader. As such, you’ll need to rally employees during good times and bad, while making quick, decisive, informed decisions, ones that are pragmatic and not just based on your gut. These should draw on both your experience and your education. Studying entrepreneurship could provide many opportunities to interact with peers, hear their ideas, solve problems creatively, and practice handling the sorts of situations likely to arise in running a business.

Increase Earning Potential

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a bachelor's degree earn 68% more per week than those with a high school diploma alone.2

Grow Your Network

A support network is vital to starting and growing a business, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA) . The staggering amount of decisions and daily tasks that go into starting your own business, particularly in those first months, call for a supportive network, per the SBA.

A strong alumni connection is an excellent resource. Alumni who have forged successful business can provide ample mentorship and direction when you're just starting out, as well as tips and resources for getting off the ground.


2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Earnings and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment, 2015" on the Internet at (visited 4/3/2016 ); These are national projections covering all levels of experience; conditions in your area may be different.


AIU’s business administration degree programs with all their specializations are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).Learn More

The ACBSP accreditation means that AIU’s business administration programs meet the rigorous standards of this leading accreditation association. It helps ensure that what we teach is industry-current and industry-relevant in today’s business environment and can make your education meaningful in the marketplace.

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Classes Start November 21, 2016