Entrepreneurship (AAS)

More people than ever want to work for themselves. Our Entrepreneurship program will make sure you’re prepared to be your own boss, and manage others as well. The curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the financial, legal, and social opportunities that come with starting and growing your own business.

Vermont Tech’s Entrepreneurship AAS exposes you to applied learning by focusing on creativity and innovation and offering business fundamentals such as accounting, finance, management, communication and marketing in the context of planning and launching new business opportunities.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship will be able to:

  • Complete the steps of the accounting cycle, including processing and recording typical cash receipts, cash payments, sales, vendor, and payroll transactions
  • Prepare and interpret financial statements for service and merchandising businesses on an accrual basis
  • Understand module integrated accounting software and use Quickbooks software to record and process typical transactions and prepare financial statements
  • Use document and communication collaboration systems to create business documents and to design and develop newsletters, brochures, and other promotional materials
  • Write business letters, memos, email messages, instant messages, and blog posts
  • Create reports using accurate research methods and citations
  • Develop and deliver an effective oral presentation
  • Understand the psychology of face-to-face communication and the role of non-verbal communication
  • Demonstrate successful team skills, effective listening, and professional behavior
  • Effectively utilize resume-writing, interviewing, and job-seeking skills to advance career goals
  • Understand the key characteristics and terminology of the business disciplines of management, human resources, marketing, and finance
  • Recognize a business opportunity that meets their individual needs
  • Understand how to launch an entrepreneurial career

The student, in conjunction with the Department Chair, may develop a sequence of courses to best meet their background and needs that still satisfies the degree requirements. A typical curriculum is shown here.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Associate degree students are subject to Vermont Tech’s minimum degree requirements. The minimum degree requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship are:

  • 6 credits of English, including Technical Communications
  • 3 credits of Information Technology, CIS 1041 Computer Applications
  • 3 credits of Mathematics
  • 4 credits of Natural or Physical Sciences
  • 6 credits of Arts/Humanities or Social Science
  • 22 credits - General Education Requirements
  • 39 credits - Core Curriculum, including:
    • ACC 1010 - Computerized Accounting
    • ACC 1020 - Survey of Accounting
    • BUS 1010 - Exploring Business & Entrepreneurship
    • BUS 2020 - Principles of Management
    • BUS 2041 - Foundations of Entrepreneurship
    • BUS 2210 - Small Business Management
    • BUS 2230 - Principles of Marketing
    • BUS 2270 - Interpersonal & Oral Communication
    • BUS  3041 - Applied Entrepreneurship
    • BUS 3230 - Principles of Financial Management
    • BUS 3721 - Business Planning Seminar
    • INT 1021 - Creativity and Innovation
    • ELE XXXX - Elective

61 credits - total degree requirements

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

Careers in Entrepreneurship

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (December 2018)

Job projections







Number of established start-ups less than 1 year old, 2015 vs. 2014. Source: Entrepreneurship and the U.S. Economy, 2015, BLS.

Profit Growth
Previous 6 Months

Entrepreneurs Predict Increased Profits. Source GEI, September 2018.

Businesses launched by Vermont Tech students or alumni
  • Bicycle Express VT Cuttin' It Close Landscaping
  • Filabot Misty Knoll Farm
  • Noodle Station/Swirl & Pearl

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