University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Venture Innovation

The Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs for students who want to be tomorrow’s business, community, and academic innovators. Faculty in the program discover and disseminate knowledge through their research, supporting Arkansas, economic development and the academic community.

Academic Programs


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Major
Bachelor’s Degree

Start your own for-profit or non-profit venture. Manage and grow small businesses, or enter the workforce with an entrepreneurial mindset and skills in innovation and technology commercialization.

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Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Minor Program

A minor for Walton College students desiring more knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship to assist them in their business careers.

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Master of Science in Product Innovation
Master's Degree

Gain the skills and experiences to turn great ideas into great products. The part-time Master of Science in Product Innovation advances your professional skills through coursework and the hands-on practicum experience – without stepping out of the workforce to advance your education.

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Entrepreneurship Certificate

The Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Microcertificate will teach students the core tools necessary to start a new business venture, allowing them to learn the process by the practical building of their own new venture.

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Organizational Innovation Certificate

The Organizational Innovation Undergraduate MicroCertificate is designed to help further develop organizational innovation leaders through an undergraduate practicum-based program in organization innovation.

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Outdoor Products and Services Certificate

Love biking, fishing, climbing, camping or hiking? Earn an Outdoor Products and Services Micro-Certificate to gain an understanding of the business side of outdoor recreation. This micro-certificate consists of nine credit hours, is open to students from all disciplines and no prerequisites are required.

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Social Innovation Certificate

Interested in creating a sustainable business, financially viable and with a net positive impact on society and the environment? Come join us and earn a Social Innovation Micro-Certificate to gain an understanding of the business side of social change.

This micro-certificate consists of 9 credit hours, is open to students from all disciplines and no prerequisites are required.

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Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship provides a fast-paced, experiential environment to develop your skills as a founder alongside intensive mentoring and soft skills development.

Designed to pair graduate students from business and non-business disciplines together, the program provides a business incubation-like setting for exploring business ideas and connecting new technologies to market opportunities.

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PhD Program: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Doctoral Degree

The department offers a PhD program in Business Administration that prepares students for careers as scholars focused on problems facing businesses. The program offers areas of emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Nonmarket Strategy, and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Micro foundations of Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

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Department News

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New Program at U of A to Support Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurs

A new program is being developed at the U of A that will train and support regional entrepreneurs focused on outdoor recreation-oriented hospitality, service and experience businesses, as well as outdoor industry product design and development start-ups.

September 8, 2021

Adrienne Callander

Blending Art and Entrepreneurship

Though Adrienne Callander is an assistant professor of art and entrepreneurship, her research centers on challenging the separation of these two processes.

April 16, 2020