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The need for entrepreneurship education has never been greater. Entrepreneurship has many different facets. There are so many moving pieces in a business that the entrepreneur must understand: finance, marketing, product development, human resources, and so many more.

How can entrepreneurs prepare for all the potential issues and challenges that confront business owners everywhere? There are many options and resources available, which is why we’ve compiled our list of Top Entrepreneurship Programs. Whether you are looking for an undergraduate or graduate degree, a certificate, or even free courses to take in your free time, we have the information you need.

Below you’ll find the Top USA Entrepreneurship Programs broken down into six categories: Online, On Campus, Niche Courses, Degree, Non-Degree, and Free Courses.

Entrepreneurship Education
ONLINE

Ideally suited to working professionals, online degree options offer the flexibility to take classes at top-ranked, accredited institutions regardless of location.

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

MBA@Syracuse | Whitman School of Management
MBA with Entrepreneurship Specialization | 54 credits | $1,388 per credit | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 1 year full time work experience, GRE or GMAT

In addition to traditional online classes, the MBA@Syracuse curriculum includes three 3-day residencies in domestic and international cities, where students and professors meet face to face for workshops. For the technical side of being an entrepreneur, Syracuse offers an Introduction to IT & E-Commerce class.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

MBA@UNC | Kenan-Flagler Business School
MBA with Entrepreneurship Concentration | 66 credits | $1,510.23 per credit | 18-36 months
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 2 years full time work experience, GRE or GMAT for those with fewer than 7 years of work experience

The MBA@UNC offers four start dates throughout the year, so you can start your degree ASAP: January, April, July, and October. For students interested in work in developing countries, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies class addresses social problems, how to establish ventures, and funding mechanisms.

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Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Entrepreneurship | Liberty University Online
BSBA with Entrepreneurship Cognate | 120 credits | $360 per credit | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: 2.0 GPA for high school or other colleges attended

For students wishing to complete their Bachelor’s degree online, Liberty University Online is a great fit. Individuals planning to work in a family-owned business will be interested in the Family Business Management class.

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University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship | Warrington College of Business Administration
MSE – Master of Science in Entrepreneurship | 36 credits | $700 per credit | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 3 years full time work experience, GRE or GMAT

All students in the Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program are required to create a complete business plan for an original idea. Students also maintain an Entrepreneurial portfolio during their studies, including business plans and ideas. The UF Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition offers a venue to showcase these plans.

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Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Master of Business Administration Online | D’Amore McKim School of Business
MBA with Innovation Entrepreneurship Specialization | 50 credits | $1,476 per credit | 24-27 months
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, Currently employed with 5 years full time work experience, 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Northeastern University’s MBA Online is perfect for the busy professional. The program offers 9 start dates available each year, and students take one course at a time. The Entrepreneurial Finance for High Tech Companies class provides financial preparation for running a high-tech business in today’s economy.

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Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship | Fox School of Business
MS in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship | 30 credits | PA residents: $1,077 per credit; Non-PA residents $1,511 per credit | 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GRE or GMAT

Temple University offers flexible scheduling, so students can take courses online or in-person on evenings of weekends as their schedule allows. This program prepares students to take the Product Development and Management Association’s (PDMA) New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification exam.

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ON CAMPUS

Excellent entrepreneurship programs can be found all over the country. Browse our picks for undergraduate and graduate on-campus programs from Arizona to Massachusetts.

Babson College, Babson Park, MA

Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) | F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business
MS in Entrepreneurial Leadership | 39 credits | Tuition: $48,120; Total plus fees, housing: $76,003 | 9 months
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GRE or GMAT

Babson is consistently ranked as one of the top Entrepreneurship programs in the country. MSEL students gain teaching experience through the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, coaching high school students in low income areas. During spring break, students consult with an international business through the Global Strategic Consulting Project (GSCP).

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Undergraduate | Entrepreneurship Division
BS with Entrepreneurship Concentration | 131 credits | Tuition: $46,784; Total plus fees, housing: $64,612 for 2015-2016 year | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT with writing

Undergraduates have access to incredible resources through the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, such as the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project. The STEP Project involves global research by institutions throughout the world on entrepreneurial families and practices. Students also learn about the life of an entrepreneur through the Living the Entrepreneurial Experience class.

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University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program | Wharton
MBA with Entrepreneurial Management Major | 19 credits | Tuition: $70,870; Total plus fees, housing: $100,454 for 2015-2016 year | 20 months
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GRE or GMAT

With over 200 electives and 15+ interdisciplinary programs, Wharton MBAs have plenty to choose from. Entrepreneurial Management majors can participate in the Wharton Venture Initiation Program and the Wharton Business Plan Competition with original business ideas. Students can also attend Entrepreneur-in-Residence meetings, learning from the best and the brightest in the field.

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The Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program | Wharton
BS in Economics, Management Specialization in Entrepreneurship & Innovation | 37 credits | Tuition: $49,536; Total plus housing, fees: $66,800 for 2015-2016 year | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT, High school calculus

Wharton Undergraduates (and 2nd year MBAs) can prepare for a career in entrepreneurship with the Entrepreneurial Intern Fellowship. Interesting classes include Health Care Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship through Acquisition.

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Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Kelley School of Business
MBA with Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation Major or Minor | Tuition for IN Residents: $25,500, Total plus housing, fees: $52,119; Tuition for Non-Residents: $44,460, Total plus housing, fees: $71,079 for 2014-2015 year | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GRE or GMAT

Students can develop their communication skills with the Power, Persuasion, Influence and Negotiation class. In Year 2, Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation majors participate in the Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy. The Kelley School of Business is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Program Partner, meaning students can work towards becoming a CFA Charterholder.

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Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Kelley School of Business
BS with Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation Major | 120 credits | Tuition for IN Residents: $10,388, Total plus housing, fees: $21,382; Tuition for Non-Residents: $33,240, Total plus housing, fees: $44,270 for 2014-2015 year | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: For direct admission into Kelley School of Business: ACT score of 30+ or SAT composite of 1270+, GPA of 3.8+

Student Venture Track allows students to launch a start-up with excellent coaching and mentoring resources. To gain work experience with start-ups, students can participate in the Kelley Corp Track.

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The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

McGuire Entrepreneurship Program | Eller College of Management
MBA with Entrepreneurship Concentration | 55 credits | AZ Residents: $39,726; Non-Residents: $55,598 for 2014-2015 year | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GMAT

The ability to speak and write well can significantly impact an entrepreneur’s success. University of Arizona MBA students take a Business Communications course that covers business writing and presentation skills with simulated audiences. Students also participate in a First year Consulting Project, a 16-week team based project focused on a real company’s objectives.

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The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Texas MBA | McCombs School of Business
MBA with Entrepreneurship Concentration | Tuition for TX Residents: $33,298, Total plus fees, housing: $54,598; Tuition for Non-Residents: $48,832, Total plus fees, housing: $70,132 for 2015-2016 year | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: GRE or GMAT, Recommended 2 years full time work experience

Texas MBA students have access to many Fellows Programs, providing real world experience in addition to their studies. For example, Board Fellows allows MBA students to become board of director members at local non-profits. International Exchange Programs allow students to spend a semester at one of more than 30 institution partners all over the world.

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University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Entrepreneurship Alliance | Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
Minor of BSBA | 16 credits for minor | Tuition for MO Residents: $10,586, Total plus fees, housing: $25,514; Tuition for Non-Residents: $25,198, Total plus fees, housing: $40,126 for 2015-2016 year | 4 years for BSBA degree
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT

The University of Missouri’s Entrepreneurship Alliance involves classroom and experiential exercises designed to build up the characteristics needed for successful entrepreneurial ventures. In addition to the usual classes and speakers, students in EA also participate in team building exercises, confidence building courses through Mizzou’s Venture Out, and a specialized applied internship.

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NICHE

From hospitality to tech entrepreneurship, these programs have a specific focus and provide specialized training for students through courses, competitions, and internships.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Hospitality

The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship | Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
BS in Hotel Administration with Entrepreneurship Concentration | 120 credits | Tuition: $49,116; Total plus fees, housing: $65,494 for 2015-2016 year | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT

Cornell is the place to go for the hospitality industry. Students take classes such as Introduction to Hospital Entrepreneurship, Technology for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurship, & Restaurant Entrepreneurship.

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Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Tech

Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology | BYU Marriott School of Management
MBA with Entrepreneurship Major or Minor | 65 credits | LDS Tuition: $11,970; Non-LDS Tuition: $23,940 for 2015-2016 year | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: GMAT, Average 4 years of full time work experience, Interview

MBA students can join the BYU MBA Technological Society (MBATS). Over fall break, students can visit tech giants in California on the Silicon Valley West Coast Trek.

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Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology | BYU Marriott School of Management
BS in Business Management with Entrepreneurship Emphasis | 64 credits | LDS Tuition: $5,150, Total plus fees, housing: $17,778; Non-LDS Tuition: $10,300, Total plus fees, housing: $22,928 for 2015-2016 year | 4 years
Admissions Requirement: SAT or ACT, Ecclesiastical endorsement

The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology focuses on preparing tech-savvy students to lead tech-oriented ventures. This concentration is supported by mentors, classes, clubs, and numerous competitions and events held on campus. There is the Miller New Venture Challenge, Entrepreneurship Week, and the Career Fair for Startups, just to name a few.

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Miami University, Oxford, OH

Social

The Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University | Farmer School of Business
BS in Business with Interdisciplinary Business Management (IBM) Major | 128 credits | Tuition for OH Residents: $13,533, Total plus fees, housing: $25,877; Tuition for Non-Residents: $30,233, Total plus fees, housing: $42,577 for 2015-2016 year | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT

Entrepreneurship can take many forms, and Miami University’s Farmer School of Business acknowledges that. Within its Entrepreneurship track of the Interdisciplinary Business Management major, students can choose from three focus areas: Startup Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship students can gain firsthand experience with the MicroConsignment Model, a program providing products and services to rural poor in developing countries, by traveling to Central and South America with the Social Entrepreneurs Corps.

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University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Startups

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship | Robert H. Smith School of Business
MBA with Entrepreneurship Electives | 54 credits | Tuition for MD Residents: $43,370, Total plus fees, housing: $45,499; Tuition for Non-Residents: $52,380, Total plus fees, housing: $54,409 for 2015-2016 year | 21 months
Admissions Requirements: GRE or GMAT, 2 years full time work experience

The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship offers the Hisaoka Fellowship Program, in which select first year MBA students secure a summer internship with VC or angel-funded startup and receive a $5,000 stipend. Students can also take a Business Plan Review Course and compete in the Pitch Dingman Competition, which provides $3,500 in start-up funding to the winner.

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Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Corporate Entrepreneurship

College of Business and Economics
MBA with Corporate Entrepreneurship Concentration | 36 credits | $1,050 per credit hour | 16-24 months
Admissions Requirements: GRE or GMAT, 2 years full time work experience

In the VENTURESeries program, Lehigh MBA students learn about building new commercial enterprises even within established large companies. They also work on developing, executing and marketing new ventures.

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Baylor University, Waco, TX

Venture Capital

Baylor Business MBA | Hankamer School of Business
MBA with Entrepreneurship specialization (Corporate Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation tracks) | 53 credits | Tuition per semester: $18,180; plus fees: $20,299 for 2015-2016 | 16-21 months
Admissions Requirements: GRE or GMAT

Baylor’s Corporate Entrepreneurship specialization includes the course Technology Entrepreneurship, which can be completed on campus or in conjunction with an internship in Shanghai, China. In the Focus Firm class, real companies like 3M and Nike identify a problem for Baylor MBA students to examine and research.

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DEGREE

Beyond the traditional Bachelor’s degree or Master’s in Business Administration, entrepreneurship is offered in many degree options. Choose from a PhD, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and more.

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship | University of Louisville College of Business
Entrepreneurship MBA | Tuition & fees: $32,000 | 20 months
Admissions Requirements: GMAT

The UofL Entrepreneurship MBA is delivered on campus in classes two nights a week. Students participate in Louisville Venture Connectors, a non-profit that brings investors and entrepreneurs together. In May, MBA faculty members take students on the 10-day MBA International Trip, where international leaders and students share their experiences. There are also a variety of student clubs to choose from, such as the Entrepreneurship Club and the MBA Wine & Cuisine Club. For applicants who apply early and are accepted by May 1, an Early Admit $1,000 scholarship is awarded.

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The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship | University of Louisville College of Business
Entrepreneurship PhD | 2 years of coursework, research assistantship, and dissertation | All students receive a full tuition waiver for four full academic years | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, MBA or similar graduate degree, GMAT

The program only accepts students for the fall semester of odd years (2015, 2017). The Entrepreneurship PhD prepares students to teach at the university level and perform academic research.

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University of Houston, Houston, TX

Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship | Bauer College of Business
BBA in Entrepreneurship | 120 credits | Tuition for TX Residents: $4,855 per semester; Tuition for Non-Residents: $12,205 per semester for 2015-2016 | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT

The The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship provides many enrichment activities for Entrepreneurship majors, such as Lunch & Learns with outside speakers, a mentoring program, and Mock-term Negotiations. Students also attend an off-campus weekend retreat once a semester.

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Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

MMM Program | Kellogg School of Management and Segal Design Institute
Dual-degree MBA and MS in Design Innovation | 28.5 credits | Tuition: $85,412; Total plus fees, housing: $122,582 | 2 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GRE or GMAT, Video essay

In Northwestern’s MMM program, students earn two Master’s degrees in two years: an MBA and an MS in Design Innovation. This allows graduates to participate in the whole lifecycle of a product, from conception to design to launch. Classes like Innovation Frontiers address disruptive innovation, new business models like Airbnb and Uber, and more.

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University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership | School of Business Administration
BSBA with Entrepreneurship Major or Minor | 124 credits | Tuition: $39,090; Total plus housing and meal plan: $51,280 | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT

During sophomore year, Entrepreneurship majors create and run micro-businesses under the Sophomore Entrepreneurship Experience program. Students also gain real world consulting experience with the Senior Seminar in Entrepreneurship, partnering with local companies to solve strategic issues.

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Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Neeley Entrepreneurship Center | Neeley School of Business
BBA with Entrepreneurial Management Major | 124 credits | Tuition: $38,510; Total plus fees, housing: $50,940 | 4 years
Admissions Requirements: SAT or ACT

TCU is the home of the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition, hosting students from all over the world who compete for a $25,000 Grand Prize. Students also have access to free office and support space to grow a startup. Top students in the major even have a chance to judge the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award.

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University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies | USF Center for Entrepreneurship
MS in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies | 30 credits | Tuition for FL Residents: $10,428, Total plus fees, housing: $26,078; Tuition for Non-Residents: $21,126, Total plus fees, housing: $36,776 for 2014-2015 year | 1-2 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, GMAT, 3.0 GPA in upper division coursework

USF’s Professional Mentoring & Development Program matches graduate students with established entrepreneurs in Tampa. In the Innovative Technology Challenge, students work for a whole semester on creating new product ideas and marketing strategies.

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NON-DEGREE

Certificates offer a wonderful way to gain training and improve a resume with a shorter time commitment and smaller investment than a new degree. We’ve collected certificate options offered both online and on campus from a variety of institutions.

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management | UC Berkeley Extension
Graduate Certificate | Online and On Campus
10 credits | $4,475 | Must be completed within 3 years
Admissions: Bachelor’s degree recommended

Focused on small business management, UC Berkeley Extension’s certificate offers courses such as Finances for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners and Business Law for Startups and Entrepreneurs. The program culminates in a capstone course that examines a business plan and determines the next steps to executing a business.

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American University, Washington, D.C.

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship | Kogod School of Business
Graduate Certificate | On Campus
12 credits | $1,526 per credit | Must be completed within 4 years
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, 1 year full time work experience

This certificate is perfect for individuals poised to take over a family business. Students choose from electives such as Managing Private and Family Businesses and Strategic Alliances, Mergers, and Acquisitions.

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Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate | Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Graduate Certificate | Online
8 credits | $8,035 | Courses available for 90 days after enrollment
Admissions: Typical students have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and 5 years full time work experience

Study any time of the day or night with Stanford’s online video streaming courses. Students choose 8 out of 12 available courses on topics such as Business Planning, Team Building and Leadership, Negotiation, and Marketing.

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The City University of New York, New York, NY

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate | Hunter College
Open to Anyone | On Campus
10 credits | $3,600 | 8 required courses and 2 electives
Admission: Open to all interested parties

This program was developed in partnership with PROVE (Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education), but is open to veterans and non-veterans alike. No pre-requisite business degree needed here, as students take from fundamentals such as Understanding Business and Accounting Basics for Non-Accountants.

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University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization | Marshall School of Business
Graduate Certificate | On Campus
4 units | $1,666 per unit | 3 required courses and 1 elective
Admissions: Best suited for Master’s and PhD students or graduates in science, engineering, and business

This certificate offers a technical foundation for learning commercialization skills for a new product, from invention to market feasibility analyses to intellectual property acquisition.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship | Lubar School of Business
Graduate Certificate | Online
15 credits | $12,500 | 5 required courses plus pre-approved professional activities such as workshops, conferences, or competitions
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering with a 2.75+ GPA, or a Master’s degree in business or engineering

Designed for students with business or engineering degrees, this certificate provides insights creating a tech-based business. Required courses include Global Innovation Management and Technology Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship.

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FREE

These free, online courses allow students all around the world to have access to quality educational content from universities, experts, and business leaders.

Udemy

Free Entrepreneurship Courses | Course length varies, 5-53 lectures

Udemy offers 73 free courses focusing on Entrepreneurship. Choose from a variety of authors, from Dr. Jeff Cornwall, Professor of Entrepreneurship, to serial entrepreneur Ash Maurya. Courses include lectures and/or videos as well as ratings and reviews from past students.

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Coursera

Entrepreneurship Courses | Course length varies, 4-13 weeks

Coursera specializes in courses from top universities and organizations. Take Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania or Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies from Case Western Reserve University. Some courses even offer verified certificates.

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TalkShoe

Entrepreneurship and Business Planning Course | 16 lectures

Entrepreneurship and Business Planning is an audio course on TalkShoe, a website for recorded voice content. It is taught by Mark Juliano, entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Read through 16 sets of PowerPoint slides and listen to class recordings.

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U.S. Small Business Administration

Learning Center | 30 minute videos

The SBA Learning Center offers courses on a variety of topics, from Starting a Business to Government Contracting. Courses consist of video units that last about 30 minutes. Choose from entrepreneurship courses such as Encore Entrepreneurship for Women, Young Entrepreneurs, Contracting Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs, and Introduction to Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs.

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Udacity

How to Build a Startup Course | 1 month

Written by Steve Blank, author and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, How to Build a Startup covers 8 lessons from Business Models to Business Partners. The course includes instructor videos, exercises, and projects.

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MIT OpenCourseWare

Entrepreneurship Courses | Content from semester-long courses

MIT OpenCourseWare publishes content from real MIT courses. Browse the entrepreneurship courses, both undergraduate and graduate level, read lecture notes from students and Teaching Assistants, and view past exams.

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