Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Learn to recognize — and develop — opportunities in business and then act on them in an entrepreneurial way

Program Details


Online, Corvallis, Bend

Program Type:

Minor, Option


Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Business advantages require change-makers, disrupters, and insightful thinkers. Innovation and Entrepreneurship embraces these forces of creativity, innovation and process-based refinements. Here you'll learn how to recognize and develop opportunities in any organization, including corporations, non-profits, family, and small business.

Whether you are starting your own business or engaging in corporate innovation, the entrepreneurial mindset is a valuable asset. We want you to learn the entrepreneurial way of thinking.

Entrepreneurial thinking prepares students to react quickly in the business world in order to plan, lead and contribute to new business development initiatives.

Innovation and entrepreneurship is multidisciplinary and creative in nature. You'll learn about many different areas of business, in particular marketing, strategy, finance and management.

Innovation and entrepreneurship is an option for business administration majors offered in Corvallis or online through Ecampus. Innovation and entrepreneurship also is offered as a minor.

Associated Program:

The option in innovation and entrepreneurship is available to students enrolled in the business administration program.

Our business administration degree provides you with broad business skills in accounting and quantitative methods, an understanding of the legal and social environment of business, and a background in management and organizational behavior, marketing, finance, and operations management.


degrees and areas of focus

85% Job placement rate

of classes have fewer than 50 students


companies recruit our students each year

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney

Vienna, Austria: Vienna University of Economics & Business

Santiago, Chile: Universidad de Chile, Facultad Economia y Negocios

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Student organizations and clubs

Associated Clubs

Business Information Systems

Supply Chain Club

Management Association

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Joe D Lewis Scholarship

Foodguys Values Business Scholarship

Helen Mae Cropsey Memorial Scholarship

Glenn L Jackson Memorial Scholarship

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Possible Careers

Business Development Consultant

Market Research Analyst

Ecommerce Management

Product Management

InnovationX is OSU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Startups, inventions, ideas, community activism – all of this comes together in InnovationX, OSU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. InnovationX is for learning the process that cultivates a great idea to ultimate success – or your next great idea. We bring together the creative and curious from all majors on campus; our cross-discipline collaboration strengthens the solutions we generate.

Learn more about our programs, including training and coaching on how to get your ideas off the ground and funding to support them.

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Meet Christine Clair

Digging vines, studying climate, sniffing soil, pursuing the pinnacle pinot noir … If there’s a new chapter in the works for the Oregon wine story, it surely includes Christine Clair ‘10, Willamette Valley Vineyards’ winery director and someday successor to that winery’s founder.

Clair, who studied business entrepreneurship at the College of Business, metaphorically ‘inhaled her first bouquet’ of the Oregon wine industry while still a student by reading “At Home in the Vineyard,” the plucky bohemian memoir of Oregon wine pioneer, Susan Sokol Blosser. Clair kept drinking in the story.

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I enjoy challenges, and I love to learn. That desire to learn and solve tough problems has guided me my entire career.

Kate Johnson '98
Act-On Software CEO

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the college's business administration program have become computer analysts, business process analysts, quality control managers, IT project managers, consultants, teachers, systems' analysts, chief information officers and more.

  • Adecco
  • Cambia
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Compucom
  • Daimler
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Huron Health Care
  • Intel
  • Nike
  • Odom
  • Portland General Electric
  • Providence Health Services
  • Puppet Labs
  • Salesforce
  • Schnitzer
  • The Standard
  • Umpqua Bank

Here's why you should be a College of Business student

A success plan for life

Professional, personal and leadership skills form the backbone of successful careers. Blueprint, our award-winning series of classes, is focused on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. With Blueprint, you’re on track to graduate on time, with the skills and network to choose your career, and the savvy to make the big decisions at the right time.

We're not just business, we're family

Our first-year students live in one of our business-themed residence halls. This learning-focused, student-first, open-door culture makes the big Oregon State campus feel like the supportive place it is – and feel a lot smaller and easier to navigate than you might think.

We’re the only college at OSU that has a dedicated Career Success Center for our students. We help you find an internship, write a resume and find a job.

Ranked and accredited

Oregon State is ranked in the top five for online education with U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business overall, as well as our accounting program, is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business and accounting.

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