UF offers entrepreneurship degree

Master's program targets professionals

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 10:10 p.m.
The University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration plans to launch a master's degree in entrepreneurship program in May, targeting working professionals.
The 16-month program will be offered at the university in a format of one weekend per month in order to allow students to maintain their current employment while studying for a master's degree.
The $16,000 tab for the program covers everything except any lodging or hotel room costs for the students, according to program director Joseph R. Champagne. He added that he is not aware of any other such program currently being offered in Florida, but that out-of-state institutions that offer an executive MBA program charge more than $20,000 in tuition.
A statewide marketing campaign for the UF program is under way, with all first intake admissions to be completed by May 1, and classes scheduled to begin at the university the weekend of May 15-16. Class size is expected to range between 25 and 50 people, Champagne said.
"The interest in entrepreneurship is so high, and it's not just us, it's all over the country. It's the American spirit," Champagne said. "About half of the people in the United States are employed in companies that have less than 500 employees. Not only are we hoping to train people to be effective as entrepreneurs themselves, but more effective as entrepreneurs in the companies they work for."
Arnold Heggestad, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the business college, said the program is designed to attract both seasoned and young entrepreneurs, small business owners, family business executives, venture capitalists, heads of professional practices and others.
"Entrepreneurship has long been the engine for extraordinary innovation, increased productivity, private and public wealth creation and global economic growth," Heggestad said. "This program will assist its students to develop the attitudes, skills and tools required for them to practice professional entrepreneurship in any business context."
The master of science in business administration degree with an entrepreneurship specialization will be another tool for business owners and other professionals, said Lally Sheehy, program manager for the University of North Florida Small Business Development Center in Gainesville.
"I think it is wonderful for entrepreneurs and professionals who have their own business to have a degree like that, to expose themselves to other concepts," Sheehy said.
For more details about the program, visit www.cei.ufl.edu and click on "Master of Entrepreneurship" on the home page, or contact Champagne at (352) 392-2610.
Doris Chandler can be reached at (352) 374-5094.

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