The School of Business Advantage
Extensive opportunities to engage the real world.
The opportunities are endless with the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership (KBSoBEL). Through real-world experience and rigorous academics, you will explore and develop your dreams, discovering a network of people eager to help you succeed.
Your team at KBSoBEL, consists of faculty members and staff, professional mentors, employer advisors and partners, school alumni, and your fellow classmates. They will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to compete in business and impact the world.
This is how the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership prepares you to make a difference.
Signature Co-Op Program
The Busse EPIC signature program, which refers to Entrepreneurial Program with Integrated Cooperatives, is a 4-year academic track within the School of Business.
EPIC provides 2 years of paid work experience to Business Administration and Accounting majors. Students receive credit towards their degree for the time working in place of classroom intensive work. EPIC allows students to gain real world experience while in college working towards their degree and still graduate in 4 years!
Additionally, each EPIC student is assigned an executive mentor in their sophomore year that assists in the development of the student’s business acumen, leadership skills, social skills, academic performance, and overall success.
The School of Business offers internship-based programs that develop a students entrepreneurial skillset through challenging, classroom-based curriculum. This program offers rigorous academics along with 270 hours of internship experience.
Learning Through Service
Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan Traditions of Faith and Reason, the University of Saint Francis engages a diverse community in learning, leadership and services. As a student in the School of Business you will have the opportunity to work on business-related service projects where you can apply your experiences to help impact the community and the world around you.
Mentorship by Business Executives
Mentoring from experienced, local, business professionals in the business community is a key part of your curriculum in the School of Business. Your mentor will guide you in developing your business acumen with an understanding of what it takes to succeed and lead in the business world.
Mentors support students throughout their tenure in the School of Business often serving as coaches on major class assignments. Utilizing their own professional experiences, Mentors assist students with their career exploration and planning by discussing their own professional experiences. Mentors also serve as key networking resources by introducing students to other local leaders in the student's areas of interests.
For-credit management of real client projects
Under the leadership of our faculty, you will engage in a number of community-based initiatives. Teams of KBSoBEL students partner with regional organizations through class projects to offer solutions to real-time challenges. You will develop critical decision-making, leadership, and teamwork skills while gaining career-related experience and building your professional network.
Participation in Entrepreneurship Center activities
The Entrepreneurship Center (EC) integrates a variety of resources that help turn your dreams into reality. Students participate in overseas travel experiences, business plan competitions, business boot camps, and student organizations. The Center hosts an annual CEO Forum that provides opportunities for you to learn from Northeast Indiana's most successful business entrepreneurs and leaders. The Entrepreneurship Center provides a fertile atmosphere where students can gain the skills necessary to thrive in today's economic climate.