Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Emphasis Area

The Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship emphasis brings like-minded students together very early in the MBA program to learn about startup business concepts and to experience the unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

With a focus on launching emerging technology companies, Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship emphasizes team practice linked to real-world entrepreneurial projects, balances theoretical and practitioner education, and provides thorough exposure to the many building blocks of an entrepreneurial career.

Our Westlake campus has a state-of-art incubation facility, which assists the student teams with Startups, business model development etc. with the help of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, speaker series and networking events.


The MBA with an emphasis in Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship degree requires 45 semester credits equivalent to 15 courses of work which must be completed within a seven-year period. Core courses (24 credits/8 courses). 

8 Core  2 General Emphasis 4 Emphasis Electives 1 Capstone
  • Enterprise Management, Organization and Strategy

  • Information Technology Management

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Business Ethics and Law

  • Marketing Management

  • Strategic Decision Making

  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

  • Financial Principles & Policies

  • Innovative Business Models (required)

Choose 1:

  • IT Data Management

  • Marketing Research

  • Corporate Finance

  • International Business

  • Human Capital Management Strategy

  • Sustainable Business Strategies

  • Foundation of Analytics

Choose 4:

  • Agile Product Development

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling

  • Entrepreneurial Finance

  • Growth Stage Venture Management

  • Special Topics of Entrepreneurial Management

Choose 1:

  • Internship
  • The Business Plan
  • Executive Roundtable
  • International Travel
  • Consulting to Business
  • MBA Project

Full course list and descriptions

Career Paths in Entrepreneurship 

If you’re pursuing a career as an entrepreneur, there’s really no title beyond that, especially in the early years of a startup. Every person on the founding team fulfills whatever role is needed for the situation. Second, for MBA’s who have an interest in entrepreneurship, careers tend to lean toward product management and sales.

Much of entrepreneurship education is about knowing who your customer is and what their needs are, as opposed to Human Resource, Organizational Behavior, Operations, or Finance. These are functions that often are outsourced at first. 

Examples of level-based positions:

 Entry-level Positions

 Middle-level Positions

 Top-level Positions

  • Business Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Recruiter
  • Associate Product Developer
  • Sales Representative
  • Anything at a start-up
  • Department Head
  • Marketing Director
  • Manager
  • Specialist
  • Owner of a Company
  • CEO
  • COO/Director of Operations
  • CFOPresident of a Company

Professional Associations and Organizations

According to the Forbes Magazine, top 5 Startup incubators and accelerators are in California. It is recommended that students can follow the activities supported by them through social media. Following are the suggested websites to use. Also, Cal Lutheran has an active Entrepreneurship student club and we have resources available at www.hub101.la that students are welcome to tap into as well.

Entrepreneurship Professional Organizations