Entrepreneurship Career Brief


The entrepreneurship major provides a foundation for students interested in starting their own businesses. TheMcGuire Entrepreneurship Program is a competitive, restricted-entry, senior-year program. The one-year curriculum is designed to prepare outstanding students for success as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Cited as a model program by the U.S. Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship and highly ranked by Entrepreneur magazine and U.S. News & World Report, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program combines scholarship with application. Students focus on analysis, decision-making, and business planning.


Degree Requirements

Includes foundation courses required for Professional Admission*, general education requirements, professional core courses, free electives, and a set of specific Entrepreneurship Courses. Participants are selected in the spring term for entry the following fall.

Sample Entrepreneurship Courses:

  • New Venture Development & Industry Analysis
  • Marketing Research for Entrepreneurs
  • Finance for New Ventures
  • Development of New Venture Plans

*Students must achieve Professional Admission (a competitive and selective application process) to move from the pre-professional phase to the professional phase. 

**Check the Degree/Academic Progress Report (APRR's) for your specific academic program requirements per your catalog at http://catalog.arizona.edu.


Other Preparation

Entrepreneurship students prepare comprehensive new-venture business plans, working in four-person teams and conferring with faculty and business leaders. The student teams present and defend their plans in a new venture competition at the end of the academic year.

The involvement of the business community is a key component of the program. Leaders from the private sector offer a first-hand look at obstacles and opportunities that exist in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Throughout the year, outside speakers discuss their career experiences. Speakers include company founders, venture capitalists, and professionals from marketing and law firms, financial institutions, and certified public accounting firms.

Social and seminar events include the Arizona Venture Forum a national dialogue among prominent academic and business leaders.

Clubs and Organizations:
The college has a wide variety of professional fraternities, honoraries and student clubs. Student organizations offer: career information; networking opportunities; social and professional activities; and provide leadership roles and skills building opportunities. 

Student Organizations for Entrepreneurship majors include:

Student Entrepreneurship Association

Visit the FESO - Federation of Eller Student Organizations website for more information.


Career Opportunities

Alumni of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program are prepared to:

  • Launch new ventures
  • Take on leadership roles at start up companies
  • Work in corporate entrepreneurship
  • Work at venture capital firms
  • Be competitive applicants for top employers

One reason the program successfully prepares corporate leaders is that all students learn from interdisciplinary, practical, and comprehensive perspectives - studying business from the ground up.



Starting salaries vary by enterprise size and type of employer, location, course work, additional majors selected and experience.

  • McGuire Entrepreneurship graduate average offer: $53,692 (Eller Graduate Survey, Spring 2016)
  • National Entrepreneurship graduate average offer: $48,030 (NACE Salary Survey, 2015)


Recruitment Opportunities

Many Entrepreneurship students combine the program with a double major within the college. A wide variety of career opportunities exist depending on individuals' curriculum and experience. Recruitment opportunities include the annual Fall Eller Expo, and the spring Career Showcase career fair coordinated by Eller Student Council and Delta Sigma Pi.

A sample of employers that recruited McGuire Entrepreneurship majors in the 2015-2016 school year:

Amazon Kobe Digital Pilot Wells Fargo
BlackRock Liberty Mutual ROVR, LLC Wherdugo
E&J Gallo Winery Macy's Inc. Scali Group, LLC  
General Motors Mercer TEKsystems  
Havas PR Moss Adams, LLP TransPerfect  

For More Information

  • Undergraduate Programs Office
    Eller College of Management 
    McClelland Hall 204 
    P. O. Box 210108 
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0108

Professional Associations

Online Publications


For additional information, please contact us.