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Business Entrepreneurship - Associate Degree Program

For those who dream about being their own boss, EFSC's Business Entrepreneurship A.S. Degree is a great place to start the journey toward business ownership. Here, classroom lessons are blended with practical experience. This setting provides an ideal stage for creating, launching, and learning to operate a small business.

This program develops the crucial knowledge and skills needed for a successful business venture. Instruction provides a balanced curriculum of general education, business-related subjects, and core entrepreneurship courses.

By graduation, students have established key skills, including financial management, law, and marketing. This provides the foundation for preparing to start their own businesses or choosing to work for an established business.

Business Entrepreneurship A.S. Degree - COURSE CURRICULUM

The curriculum associated with the Business Entrepreneurship A.S. degree program includes a balanced combination of courses in general education and business-related subjects, and covers all aspects of starting and operating a new business venture with an emphasis on the entrepreneurial skills needed for success. The program will give students an opportunity to evaluate their potential as entrepreneurs.

Business Entrepreneurship - Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

Degree Type
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Delivery Methods
On-Campus, Hybrid
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Contact Information

Email Program Advisor

Advising Appointments



Palm Bay via Teams

Business Entrepreneurship A.S. Degree - Admissions Information

This program features rolling admissions, so students can apply or begin any term. Prospective students can apply for the A.S. degree through the general EFSC application process. In addition to the program advisor, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator Dr. Nicole DeCaro is happy to answer questions and can be reach at or 321-433-5564.

Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

In-state tuition and fees for EFSC's Business Entrepreneurship A.S. degree are approximately $6,240. Students may be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships that could reduce out-of-pocket expenses associated with the program. Entrepreneurship program students are encouraged to apply for the Bernard W. Simpkins Entrepreneurial Scholarship, who was a leading Brevard businessman who endowed a $1,000 EFSC Foundation scholarship that is awarded twice a year during the Spring and Fall Simpkins Speakers Series events.

College Courses You Would Take

Eastern Florida's entrepreneurship curriculum is designed to help students gain competency in areas like idea generation, problem and opportunity recognition, resource acquisition and allocation, and entrepreneurial leadership and management. Essential communication skills — such as public speaking, networking and presentation skills — are integrated into each lesson. Here are a few required course examples.

What sets EFSC's Business Entrepreneurship program apart?

Real-deal instruction + real world experience

Eastern Florida's business and entrepreneurship instructors are the real deal. Their professional and life experience as entrepreneurs, managers, and in other business-centric positions means students benefit directly from their wealth of knowledge, expertise, and real-world practice.

Students can expect faculty to contribute toward bringing their vision to fruition. EFSC's business and entrepreneurship instructional team works to instill an appreciation for collaborative innovation in students.  By encouraging the sharing of ideas with peers, they help students gain diverse perspectives for how to achieve and succeed in future entrepreneurial ventures.

Next-Level Opportunities

Outside the classroom, students have ample opportunities for interactive, hands-on experiences designed to connect them with the local business community. This includes:

  • Service learning and internships
  • Participation in Chamber of Commerce and community-related entrepreneurship venues
  • Guest speakers with proven track records of success
  • Experiential classroom instruction & off-site visits
  • The EFSC Bernard W. Simpkins Speaker Series which brings leading national entrepreneurs to campus
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) workshops
  • High-tech incubator community networking opportunities
  • Related clubs include: Content Creators, Rotoract, and the Student Government Association (SGA)

What do students think about the program?

Graduate Moji B says instructors with real-life experience and ties to the community provided a unique opportunity to learn beyond the words and terms demonstrated in program textbooks.

I started the Business Entrepreneurship program not quite knowing where it would lead. The classes that I took within the program turned out to be some of the most informative, yet entertaining courses I took as an undergraduate student. Thanks to our well-connected instructors and program coordinators, we received a chance to meet up with several high-profile, successful local business leaders. Whether it was a young, successful entrepreneur and a former EFSC alumni, the branch manager of a famous chain restaurant, or a representative from a bank, the guest speakers brought an enormous world experience to our small classroom.

Related Certificate and Degree Programs 

The Business Entrepreneurship program includes a 12-credit certificate option that can be used to build toward the A.S. degree or as a stand-alone certificate to add entrepreneurship skills for students in another degree program. The A.S. degree can transition seamlessly to EFSC's Organizational Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree, which includes 12 specialization options including General Business, Sports Management, or Banking and Finance.