Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Studies program offers students a foundation in business and creative thinking in business-related ventures. It is designed not only to help students to learn about business finance and strategy but also to prepare students to have the entrepreneurial spirit to start new ministry projects.

Program Overview

Zero Student Debt

Our goal is for every student to graduate with no debt. Our donor-sponsored financial assistance makes that possible.

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$400 per Credit Hour
*Tuition cost is subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

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Total: $48,000


42 courses in business research, development, finance, and operations with a focus on critical thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Total: 120 Credits

Expected Timeline

Full-time students can finish this degree in 4 years and part-time students can take up to 6 years.

Total: 4-6 Years

*Additional costs may apply. (Application fee, books, costs associated with researching and producing the independent projects or the final project or thesis, etc.) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Course RequirementsCredit Hours
General Studies: A Total of 30 Credits from the Following Subjects:
Communications6 Credits
Humanities/Fine Arts12 Credits 
Natural Science/Mathematics6 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences6 Credits
Bible/Theology General Studies: A Total of 30 Credits from the Following Subjects:
Biblical Theology (BT) 21 Credits
Historical and Systematic Theology (HST)9 Credits
Entrepreneurial Studies Major: A Total of 42 Credits
Professional Concentrations: A Total of 18 Credits from One (1) of the Following Subjects:
Political Studies18 Credits
Theology18 Credits
Pre-Seminary18 Credits

*All work must be in the student’s field of study.

General Studies (30 Credits)

Communications (6 Credits):

  • COM 101: Academic Research & Writing
  • COM 102: Introduction to Communications

Humanities/Fine Arts (12 Credits):

  • CLS 111-2: Latin I, II
  • CLS 121-2: Classical Greek I, II
  • BT 201-3: Biblical Greek I, II, III
  • BT 211-2: Biblical Hebrew I, II
  • LIT 201-2: World Literature I, II
  • HIS 211-2: History of Western Civilization I, II
  • PHL 221: Intro to Eastern Philosophy
  • REL 231: Intro to World Religions

Natural Science/Mathematics (6 Credits):

  • MTH 131: Foundations of Mathematics (Required)
  • MTH 231: College Geometry
  • SCI 221: Intro to Natural Science
  • SCI 222: Intro to Physics

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 Credits):

  • PSY 261: Intro to Psychology
  • SOC 251: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 271: Intro to Sociology
  • SOC 281: Intro to Political Science/Civics

Bible/Theology Requirements (30 Credits)

Biblical Theology (21 Credits):

  • BT 221: Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  • BT 311: Introduction to the Old Testament
  • BT 321: Introduction to New Testament
  • BT 351: Life of Moses
  • BT 352: Life of David
  • BT 353: Life of Jesus
  • BT 354: Life of Paul

Historical and Systematic Theology (9 Credits):

  • HST 201: Systematic Theology
  • HST 321: Luther and His Catechisms
  • HST 331: Lutheran Reformers and the Book of Concord

Entrepreneurial Studies Major – 42 Credits
  • PTE 101: Christian Vocation
  • PHL 101-2: Logic I, II
  • PHL 210-11: Intro to Western Philosophy I, II
  • PTE 241: Christian Apologetics
  • PTE 402: Entrepreneurial and Business Ethics
  • ESB 301: Entrepreneurial Research
  • ESB 302: Entrepreneurial Development
  • ESB 303: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • ESB 304: Operations Management
  • ESB 480-498: Topics in Entrepreneurial Studies (6 Credits)
  • ESB 499: Entrepreneurial Studies Capstone (inclusive of professional concentration)

Professional Concentrations (18 Credits)

Political Studies

  • COM 401: Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 402: Persuasive Writing
  • LAW 401: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • LAW 450-495: Special Topics in Law (9 credits)

Small Business Management

  • ESB 410: Small Business Creation
  • ESB 411: Success through Innovation
  • ESB 412: Small Business Marketing
  • ESB 420-439: Special Topics in Small Business (9 Credits)

Missions & Evangelism

  • SOC 251: Cultural Anthropology
  • BT 401: Biblical Theology of Mission
  • PTE 421: Theology and World Religions
  • MEV 402: Cultural Competency
  • MEV 403: Cultural Outreach
  • MEV 499: Cultural Practicum


  • Biblical Theology – 500 Level
  • Philosophical Theology and Ethics – 500 Level
  • Historical and Systematic Theology – 500 Level
  • Pastoral Theology – 500 Level

Total: 120 Credits

After completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of scripture and theology. 
  • Apply the concepts and skills from the business field to a venture of their choice. 
  • Strategically plan in detail the launching of a new endeavor.  
  • Demonstrate competencies in a chosen area of professional development. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information literacy.

  • Completion of online application form.
  • Proof of completion of secondary education and transcripts from any post-secondary schools.
  • A letter of recommendation from a pastor, teacher or mentor.
  • Entrance writing evaluation.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that is not more than two years old. Normally, minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL are 21 on the speaking section and 21 on the writing section. Minimum acceptable scores on the IELTS are 6.5 on the speaking section and 6.5 on the writing section. Please request that your score be sent to ILT. ILT’s DI Code for the TOEFL is 5745. More information concerning TOEFL can be accessed at the Education Testing Services website. Information regarding the IELTS can be found at their IELTS website.
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Copy of an official photo identification.
  • Admissions interview with Director of Enrollment Services.

Senior Project (Optional): A senior project is a 30-page (7,500 word) academic paper.

Senior Project Research course (BT, PTE, or HST 498): This is a readings course on the student’s proposed senior project topic. The student and his or her primary faculty advisor agree on a reading program before the start of the semester. The student reads independently, meeting with his or her advisor regularly for consultation.

Senior Project Proposal: The student, in consultation with a primary faculty advisor, develops a senior project proposal (1,000 words). At least 60 days prior to the first day of classes in the semester when the student will enroll in BT, PTE, HST 499 (described below), the student submits the proposal to a senior project committee. The committee consists of 2 faculty members, one of whom is the primary advisor and another of whom should be a member of ILT’s undergraduate permanent faculty.

Senior Project course (BT, PTE, or HST 499): If the senior project committee approves the proposal, the student enrolls in EPR 499 as an independent study. This course can be continued through the following semester if needed. The student completes the research and writing of the senior project during this time, in consultation with the primary faculty advisor. The senior project should use the Chicago Style (guidelines are available from the Librarian.)

The senior project must include the following:

  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Signatory page
  • Librarian Certification page
  • Table of Contents
  • Text of senior project
  • Bibliography

Senior Project Presentation: When the senior project is completed and approved by the primary faculty advisor, the student schedules a formal presentation of the academic paper. The presentation occurs before the last day of classes within the semester. The student should supply the members of the committee with a copy of the senior project sufficiently in advance to allow them to read and comment on it. The committee determines the final grade for the senior project, which is the grade for BT, HST, or PTE 499. The student provides a bound copy of the completed senior project to the ILT Library. (Consult the Librarian for guidelines on printing and binding the senior project.)


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