Entrepreneurship is an ageless state of mind. From kids trying to sell lemonade in the streets to mid-level employees who have been dreaming of launching their own business for years, it’s never too late (or too soon) to acquire or sharpen these skills.
Of course, options to study entrepreneurship in Boston vary depending on how much you can invest in terms of both money and time. However, they also vary depending on your profile. High school students pondering about their future, adults looking forward to coming back to school or working professionals managing a busy schedule have different needs.
In the following guide, we put together a list of options depending on what you’re looking for.
Looking for an undergraduate or graduate degree?
• Babson College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in entrepreneurship (among many others). Among the school’s entrepreneurship courses there’s Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME), a year-long immersion into the business world during which first-year students invent, develop, launch, and manage a real business. Locally, Babson program offerings include the MBA (full-time and part-time programs) and a Master of Science in management in entrepreneurial leadership (MSEL).
• Boston University offers multiple options, both at graduate and undergraduate level, to study entrepreneurship across different industries, including media, engineering, and hospitality. Together with an entrepreneurship concentration in both the MBA and the undergrad programs, the school’s College of Engineering offers a technology innovation concentration.
• To crank out more entrepreneurs with technical expertise, Harvard offers a just-launched two-year dual master’s degree program that is meant to equip students with knowledge in business, engineering and design. “Almost everyone who enrolls will want to launch a business in the near or medium term,” Thomas Eisenmann, a professor of business administration, said in an interview.
• A major in entrepreneurship at Suffolk University includes four required courses and three elective courses. Required courses are all about the notion of ‘value’ (how to create, measure, protect and deliver it).
• Among other options, Tufts University has a minor in entrepreneurship that consists of four required courses and one elective.
Looking for a flexible schedule?
• Emerson College is launching a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship that combines in-class and online learning, but it’s mostly online. The program is supposed to be completed in nine months.
• HBX, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, has recently added an Entrepreneurship Essentials course to its suite. The class, which consists of approximately 20 hours of material delivered over a four-week period, is currently priced at $950.
• The Center for Women & Enterprise organizes workshops about all things entrepreneurship (including accounting, legal considerations and networking) across its locations in Boston, Westborough and Providence.
• The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge offers a class for would be entrepreneurs – called the Start Smart Class – three times a year. No MIT affiliation is needed to join as a member. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming class.
Looking for entrepreneurial classes for your teenage son or daughter?
• Many Boston schools and universities offer summer entrepreneurship programs for high school students, as we reported, including Berklee College and Brown University, MIT, Harvard, Babson College and Northeastern University. Depending on the specific class you’re interested in, you can expect applications to be opened in the fall and deadline to apply around the following spring.
• Startup accelerator Leangap offers a 4-week summer program for high school students only. In Boston, the program focuses on science, education and medical tech ventures. Deadline to apply is at the end of March.
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