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Our nationally ranked Entrepreneurship MBA gives you the skills, tools, confidence and connections needed to launch new businesses or provide innovative leadership at your current organization.

As the signature program of our Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship, the 20-month experience provides unmatched opportunities to learn best practices from experts, including our award-winning faculty, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and regional and national business leaders.

The Entrepreneurship MBA is the ideal choice for working professionals who want to acquire the skills to jump start or redefine their career paths. An option is available and includes an internship in addition to all entrepreneurship courses.

MBA Features


All MBA students are encouraged to join the MBA Alumni Network prior to graduation – the official association for U of L MBA graduates.   The MBA Alumni Network consists of graduates whom work together to build a community of MBA Ambassadors!  They are leaders in their field as well as leaders in the community!

These three student driven opportunities plus all of the other unique components of the MBA programs make us one of the most powerful programs in the region and state! Don’t delay becoming a part of this student body population today!



As a MBA student, you will have access to a multitude of MBA clubs (Recognized Student Organizations) such as:

  • Association of Women MBAs
    The Association of Women MBAs Club is a venue for female students to discuss the various aspects of interacting and operating in highly competitive professional environments. The members of this club host professional forums in order to discuss topics relevant to women in business as well as connect with senior level female leaders in the community and female MBA alumni that can speak on relevant topics.
    Membership Contact: Adriane Hall
    Email: amhall17@louisville.edu
  • MBA Finance Club
    The Finance club is a venue for students to explore the world of finance, and discover finance related careers within with a multitude of industries. The members of this club host professional forums, discuss current events related to finance, breaking research and other topics in finance.
    Membership Contact: Geoff Tinnell
    Email: gltinn02@louisville.edu
  • MBA Outdoor, Sports and Fitness Club
    The Outdoor, Sports and Fitness Club is a social club and a venue for students who have a passion for the outdoors, sports and fitness. The members of this club participate in University Intramurals, organize hiking/camping trips, golf scrambles and other fitness related activities.
    Membership Contact: Brandon Ritchie
    Email: bcritc01@louisville.edu
  • MBA Global Business Club
    The Global Business club will build up to, and off of the MBA international trips that are built into the course curriculum of the U of L MBA program. The members of this club research, evaluate, and discuss current events related to global business, challenges of global business, international relations regarding business and much more. This club would be a strong resource for MBA students who are interested in building their knowledge of the global marketplace.
    Membership Contact: Cole Crider
    Email: cjcrid01@louisville.edu
  • MBA Management and Strategy Club
    The Management Club is a venue for students to explore the world of management on all levels. Students would be encouraged to connect and network with managers from all levels and industries. The members of club host professional forums, examine traits and qualifications needed for effective management, how management impacts a business and how employees respond and interact with management.
    Membership Contact: Hex Persephone
    Email: hspers01@louisville.edu
  • MBA Consulting Club
    The Consulting Club is a venue for students to explore the field of consulting and gain knowledge regarding the qualifications necessary including certifications and licenses. The members of this club network with local and regional consulting experts and firms to gain insight into the field as well as professional development.
    Membership Contact: Kelly Schario
    Email: k0scha02@louisville.edu
  • MBA Wine & Cuisine Club
    The Wine and Cuisine Club is a social club and a venue for students to explore and learn about a variety of geographical and cultural wine and culinary selections. The members of this club explore the history and production of wine, its impact as a global industry and the practice of wine tasting. Additionally, members of this club increase their knowledge of regional and world cuisines.
    Membership Contact: Hex Persephone
    Email: hspers01@louisville.edu
  • Entrepreneurship Club
    Membership Contact: David Phillips
    Email: djphil04@louisville.edu
  • Cardinal Venture Club
    Membership Contact: Suzanne Bergmeister
    Email: Suzanne.bergmesiter@louisville.edu
  • Business Mavericks Club
    The Business Mavericks Club is open to graduate students interested in connecting with the “movers and shakers” in Louisville’s thriving start-up community. Our primary function is organizing Open Coffee Louisville, a weekly meeting that gives entrepreneurs the chance to engage with the community by presenting their businesses, getting timely feedback, and making valuable connections. Open Coffee Louisville was born when Foundry Group Managing Director, Brad Feld visited the Kentucky Center in October 2012. Brad stated that start-up communities need to have a steady stream of events that engage people; The Business Mavericks Club aims to be the catalyst in that effort.
    Membership Contact: Suzanne Bergmeister
    Email: suzanne.bergmeister@louisville.edu

    • #OpenCoffeeLou is every Monday at 8 a.m.
      iHub, 204 S. Floyd St., Louisville
      Free parking in the lot next to the building
      No reservations required, just show up

The various MBA clubs provide opportunities for our students to connect and engage with a variety of MBA students across cohorts, and to engage outside of the classroom!


MBA students have the opportunity to run for two class representative positions in each program. Class representatives are voted upon by their colleagues; act as a liaison for their cohort, represent the MBA Class Representative Student Council and serve during the length of their programs.

Ranked #22 best Entrepreneurship MBA program in the U.S.

  • Entrepreneurial focus builds awareness of how to identify and act upon new opportunities in every business segment – critical skills every successful organization values
  • Cohort format offers energizing, diverse team-building and problem-solving experience
  • Guest speakers bring contemporary corporate culture into classrooms
  • Regional, national and international business plan competitions build presentation skills, confidence and leadership qualities
  • Corporate consulting projects deliver learning experiences in real-world environments
  • International study trip (included) delivers global experience and expanded networking contacts

Program Highlights

  • Consistently ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review
  • World-class faculty with extensive entrepreneurship experience
  • New wing opened June 2012 houses the Forcht Center entrepreneurship facilities
  • Alumni include top performers in global business plan competitions including #1 team of the world
  • Evening classes two nights a week and some Friday nights and Saturdays
  • Participation in other Forcht Center programs, including Louisville Venture Connectors and Cardinal Venture Fund II
  • Participation in university-sponsored business plan competitions with potential for national and international competition experiences
  • Undergrad business degree not required
  • No pre-requisite courses
  • Mentor program: Be one or get one
  • Tuition costs are identical regardless of residency

Sample Entrepreneurship MBA Curriculum

Entrepreneurship MBA Early Admit- $1,000 Scholarship – Students accepted into the Entrepreneurship MBA by the priority deadline of May 1 receive this scholarship.

Fall I Spring I Summer I
Economics of Strategy
Opportunity Discovery
New Venture Creation
Organizational Behavior
Team Dynamics I
Financial Strategy
Business Plan Development
Team Dynamics II
International Trip
Managerial Accounting
Sales Management
Operations Management
Fall II Spring II
Project Management
Brand Building & Market Communications
Information Technology Strategy
Franchise Strategy or Elective
Managing for the Future or Elective
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Corporate & Global Strategy
Business Plan Competition OR
Business Consulting

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110 W. Brandeis Ave.
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6440
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