So I finally decided to take the plunge and get my masters degree – something that I have thought about since before I graduated from Florida Southern College.Â Up until last fall I hadn’t found a program that I really liked that was attainable.
After searching around, I stumbled upon the Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies MS program at the University of South Florida.Â Â Princeton Review had the program ranked 9th in 2007 and 5th in 2008 for Entrepreneurship programs and Colleges and Universities.Â It was exactly what I was looking for and available 30 minutes from my doorstep!
Here are some excerpts from a recent St. Pete Times article:
USF launched its Center for Entrepreneurship in 2002 after decades of offering entrepreneurship courses within its traditional MBA program. It was recognized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship three consecutive years beginning in 2004.
Last year, the Princeton Review ranked it No. 9 in the nation after surveying entrepreneurial offerings from more than 2,300 undergraduate and business schools. In September, the Review named it No. 5.
What makes USF’s program different, says director Michael W. Fountain, is the cross-discipline involvement of the university’s colleges of business, engineering and medicine.
Among the more than 30 businesses launched by recent graduates is a health and fitness center, a bath and skin care line, and an independent record label.
All are important to the regional economy, Fountain said, since roots for home-grown businesses run deeper than transplanted ones and are better able to weather adverse economic conditions.
But there’s more to the program than starting new businesses, USF officials say. The program also teaches students how to strengthen the performance of existing companies, a talent that makes them attractive hires.
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