• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Students are challenged to pursue development of their own business ideas and opportunities or seek careers with emerging ventures as a form of apprenticeship prior to starting their own venture.


The Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Business Development Concentration from  University of North Carolina Wilmington is designed to prepare students for several different careers paths. 

These include:

  • Employment in an existing young, growing venture – not as the primary entrepreneur but either as a project manager, or in financial, business, or sales positions. In many cases, this might result in an early equity participation. This could be with a high growth, high technology venture, or a smaller, stable venture. This is a great career path for EBD students with a minor, or double major.
  • Actually starting their own business – A few EBD students actually start their own enterprises after graduation. However, many EBD students will wait 4 to 6 years before starting a business, allowing them to gain valuable experience in an industry or profession prior to starting their own business.
  • Employment with a larger corporation, possibly high technology, in an internal venture, corporate entrepreneurship division or effort, often times in technology commercialization, sales, or finance positions.
  • Returning to a family business - many entrepreneurship and business development students will return to their family business with the skills to expand and grow the business.
  • Position as a professional service provider that services small business, such insurance, real estate, accounting, or PR, import/export management firm or Customs brokers. This would also include commercial real estate, insurance, bookkeeping, and business brokerage services are natural areas for UNCW entrepreneurship graduates to seek employment in.
  • Working as a financial service advisor for small growing businesses, such as bank (business loan officer), institutional bank, financial mediation function (with broker-dealer license), investment advisor to small business, or working for investment bank/VC. etc.
  • Hospitality entrepreneurship - essentially, employment in small to mid size "hospitality" activities, such as restaurants, small hotels, travel agencies, sport fishing, etc. Coastal North Carolina has a large hospitality and tourism sector, so students may find excellent career paths in this area.Employment in "social entrepreneurship" such as not-for-profits, economic development agencies, government and planning departments, etc. This is becoming even more popular for students.
  • Students that plan to go for a further degree that will service small business, such as law, or the UNCW M.S. Accounting master's degree.
  • Further graduate degree in entrepreneurship, such as Ph.D. (there are a growing number of Ph.D. programs in entrepreneurship nationwide) or MBA (most MBA programs now have an entrepreneurship emphasis).
  • Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Music, or Film - this is a great opportunity at UNCW. UNCW has a diverse, and excellent degree offering in the create sectors, such as film, music, and art. By its very nature, these field are very entrepreneurial. EBD students with a strong background in the creative fields can pursue entrepreneurial activities in these areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Emerging Ventures
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Valuation
  • Business Development and Commercialization
  • Human Resource Management 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completed online application.
  • Non-refundable $80 application fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to UNCW).
  • Essay & short answer
  • An official transcript, translated into English (translation must be certified), of grades from secondary school.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4400 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Wilmington

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Each year, the application opens on December 1 and closes on March 1.  You must be a newly admitted or current student to access the scholarship application.  Available scholarships include both merit-and need based awards, however the number of available awards varies from year to year.  

Entering freshmen who are selected to receive a scholarship award may view it on their financial aid award letter that is mailed in April and electronically in Seanet on their account.  Returning student recipients will be able to view their award in Seanet by July 1.

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