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Morrisville State College announces entrepreneurship bachelor degree

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.Morrisville State College has been approved by the New York State Department of Education to offer a bachelor degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.

The degree will provide students who have an associate degree in almost any discipline with the opportunity to learn and apply business practices and entrepreneurial skills necessary to become an entrepreneur and create their own business. Students will gain technical skills and business expertise through classroom and hands-on field experiences with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and lifelong learning.

Entrepreneurship, which is defined as the organization, operation and management of a business enterprise with considerable initiative and risk, is a major driver of economic growth in the 21st century. According to the Small Business Association of America, many entrepreneurial ventures are small businesses; three quarters of all U.S. business firms have no payroll and are made up of self-employed people operating unincorporated businesses. 

Morrisville State College has a long history of integrating its academic programs, regardless of industry, with business principles and entrepreneurial practices. Students in equine programs participate in the operation of the college’s annual yearling sale, which regularly grosses close to $2 million. Dairy and aquaculture students have similar experiences at yearly sales. In addition, Morrisville State College also features an Entrepreneurial Institute, a student-run enterprise which assists businesses with technology/web, marketing and other needs.

The new bachelor degree will enable students to continue the entrepreneurial aspects of their educational experience.

“When students are able to couple a strong foundation in a specialized discipline with an exposure to entrepreneurship, they will be in possession of a unique and valuable educational experience,” Dr. David Rogers, dean of the School of Business, said.

As a capstone project, students will undergo a practicum in business consulting or in creating their own business. The practicum requires student interns to work directly with successful entrepreneurs in high-growth, innovative companies or to engage in faculty-mentor supervised activities associated with starting their own business.

The new bachelor of business administration degree is considered an upper-level degree. Students who have completed 60 hours of undergraduate study or have an associate degree from an accredited university will be considered for enrollment in the program.

“The percentage of young people who wish to create their own enterprises has never been higher, and existing companies are seeking employees with entrepreneurial minds,” Rogers said.

The college plans to admit students in the degree program for fall 2007. For more information about the program or to apply, visit or contact the Admission Office at or 800-258-0111.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts/education transfer, early childhood and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.