Over the past three years I have been teaching Entrepreneurship at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I see 100 new students come through my class each year, and almost all of them ask me if getting a degree is worth it.
The answer is that it really depends on you. Today, you can get both an undergraduate and graduate degree in entrepreneurship from an accredited university. In fact, these types of specialized business programs are becoming more and more common, and there are even more specializations available within traditional MBA programs.
But there’s a big difference between a business degree and an entrepreneurship degree — just like there’s a big difference between being a business owner or manager and being an entrepreneur. So what do these programs really look like, and are they worth it?