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Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree

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The Department of Management in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies (HCBPS) at UCM offers students hands-on real experiences to help them prepare for a socially aware entrepreneurial career, a career in social enterprise, or both.

This major is unique in its focus on promoting new ventures that start from the ground up with practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general. No other university in Missouri or Kansas addresses for-profit entrepreneurship in a social enterprise setting. Courses are taught utilizing team-based learning and real experiences, rather than lecture, to give students both the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

In the B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, our students will use knowledge and skills from the program to:

  • Design, launch and/or grow new businesses in a variety of sectors, return home to assist family businesses, or take on business development roles at growth-oriented companies.
  • Interact with others to create business solutions and innovations with a social conscience, develop technology that is environmentally sustainable and tackle social problems with profitable solutions.
  • Apply analysis and problem solving skills to provide meaningful and sustainable service to the University, community, and citizens of Missouri and the world.
  • Develop skills and attitudes required for life-long learning and serving others.

Qualified, Committed Faculty

We have highly qualified faculty with Ph.D.s and real entrepreneurial business experience. Faculty are very committed to working with students to ensure their success. See our "How Your Management & Business Communication Faculty Can Help You"
ucmo.edu/management.

Team-Based, Experiential Learning Style of Instruction

Faculty members prepare students to work effectively and efficiently in team environments.

The Integrative Business Experience (IBE)

The BSBA in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise requires the IBE. IBE classes create and operate start-up businesses (based on bank loans of up to $5,000 per business) and manage hands-on service projects for nonprofit organizations. IBE teams have donated approximately $220,000 in profits to non-profit organizations and have completed service projects involving more than 15,000 hours for the community.

Real-World Business Experience Internship Programs

Business majors participate in paid internships. The HCBPS Business Internship Center information is at http://ucmo.edu/intern.

Course & Enterprise Collaborations

This major is unique in that it has office space for students to begin their social ventures in UCM's StartUp Center. It has business space in the MulePen, located in downtown Warrensburg, for students to begin startups and sell their innovative products. High performing students are matched with non-UCM business mentors for a 1-to-1 relationship that encourages leadership and entrepreneurial launches. Students also benefit from relationships with the Small Business Development office.

Business Organizations

The most popular clubs for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise majors are Enactus (formerly SIFE) and DECA which any UCM major may join. Student business organizations are at ucmo.edu/orgrequest/orglist.cfm

AACSB Accredited Degree

All UCM business programs are accredited by the AACSB International (aacsb.edu). Employer Interest in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Majors College recruiting is up 20% this year and is expected to continue to rise for the next 3-5 years.

Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise

Majors would be hired by small firms, which represent 99.7% of all employers. Small startups generated 100% of net new jobs in the U.S. in the past 20 years, while large established firms eliminated more jobs than they hired. Other hiring employers include nonprofit, education, healthcare and government sectors. The number of nonprofit organizations grew 27 percent from 1994 to 2004, while the number of public charities grew at more than twice that rate.

To Learn More

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
660-543-4026 or HCBPS at 660-543-4560

Admissions
660-543-4290