New Bachelor’s Degree, M.B.A. Track in Entrepreneurship at LIU Brooklyn
Michael Schiavetta,Director of Editorial Services
Brooklyn, N.Y. — LIU Brooklyn launched new undergraduate and graduate programs to help future entrepreneurs succeed in today’s competitive job market.
The new Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship builds on the success of a minor launched in 2011, and a new entrepreneurship concentration in the LIU Brooklyn Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program will serve enterprising students at the graduate level. Both programs were recently approved by the New York State Education Department. The B.S. program launched this fall, and the M.B.A. concentration will begin in the spring 2014 semester.
"Entrepreneurship is about giving opportunities to students to demonstrate their competencies,” said Mohammed Ghriga (pictured), associate professor of computer sciences and director of the undergraduate entrepreneurship program. “Our students will be able to show competency in their majors through entrepreneurial thinking and endeavors. It becomes a way to brand yourself, to demonstrate to employers that you have competencies they are seeking.”
The new major can also help students in fields such as health care or the arts, Ghriga added. “We realized that many students outside the business school may not be familiar with the concept of entrepreneurship,” he said. “We expect this major to attract students from across the campus. There will be opportunities for students to double-major, such as art and entrepreneurship or health professions and entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship major doesn’t mean that every student is going to be an entrepreneur, but developing that mindset will be helpful in a very competitive job market.”
In the B.S. in Entrepreneurship, students learn by developing real-world business ideas. “By the time they graduate, they will have a plan for a business that’s actionable and ready for start-up funding, should they choose to pursue it,” said Ken Colwell, dean of The School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Sciences at LIU Brooklyn.
The entrepreneurship concentration of the M.B.A. includes specialized courses such as Small Business and New Venture Management, New Product Development, and Social Media Marketing.
The School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Sciences emphasizes entrepreneurship in its business programs. In September, the campus hosted Entrepreneurship Week, a series of lectures and panel discussions with business leaders. Since 2010, students participating in the Global Social Entrepreneurship Project (GSEP) have traveled four times to Sierra Leone to help health care facilities develop sustainable solutions to improve patient care.
“I thought that one of the best things to do was supply affordable energy to these facilities, which will in turn help the doctors and surgeons,” said Kitzner Vassor (B.S. '13), who minored in entrepreneurship and participated in the GSEP. Vassor aspires to help health care facilities in Haiti use solar energy and biodiesel fuel to reduce energy costs.
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