This interdisciplinary minor guides students through the startup process. The Minor in Entrepreneurial Startups is designed to prepare students from any background or area of study to conceptualize, launch, manage, and grow a new business. Students have an opportunity to learn to shape entrepreneurial opportunities; assess feasibility; and develop other skills needed to conceptualize, launch, manage, and grow a new business venture. Students are exposed to innovation, marketing, and business modeling as they work in interdisciplinary teams to develop business plans. Courses from the College of Arts, Media and Design; College of Engineering; and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences have been carefully selected to allow students to apply the same course to both their own college degree and the entrepreneurial startups minor.

This minor is available to non-business majors only. If you're a business major and are interested, you should check out the Undergraduate Concentration in Entrepreneurial Startups.

Entrepreneurial Startups Minor Curriculum

Below you will find a sample curriculum for the Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurial Startups. You can find the full set of Entrepreneurial Startups Minor requirements in Northeastern's Course Catalog. Please consult the Course Catalog appropriate to your class year and your academic advisor to ensure your coursework is on track.


ENTR 2301. Innovation!. 4 Hours.

Designed for students across the entire University who wish to learn about innovation—the creative process, the different types of innovation, how innovations are created, and how innovations can be transformed into commercial reality either as new products or new services and either in startups, existing corporations, and nonprofit entities. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the fundamental insight needed to understand the innovation process and to become a player in it.


Complete three courses, one of which may be chosen from the additional electives list:

ENTR 2303Marketing Strategies for Startups (if not chosen above)
ENTR 3305Business Model Innovation for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 3330Lean Design and Rapid Prototyping
ENTR 4501Advanced Studies in Entrepreneurial Startups

Additional Electives

ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems
ARTG 3462Experience Design 1
CS 4500Software Development
CS 4520Mobile Application Development
CS 4550Web Development
ENTR 1201The Entrepreneurial Universe
GAME 2010The Business of Games
GE 1110Engineering Design
GE 5100Product Development for Engineers

Interested? Next Steps

To declare a minor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, students should complete the online minor registration form:

Students will be required to log in using their MyNortheastern credentials. Once the form has been submitted, the student will receive a confirmation email to their Northeastern email account and the student record will be updated within 10-14 business days.

To declare a minor, students must have a 2.0 GPA and be a full-time undergraduate student at Northeastern. To graduate with the minor, students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the courses taken for the minor. No classes for the minor may be taken for a pass/fail grade. The minor is posted on the official transcript within one month of graduation.

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