Our Advantage

The Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership provides extensive opportunities to engage the real world.

You will explore and develop your dreams, discovering a network of people eager to help you succeed. Who are these people helping you?

  • Faculty members and staff
  • Professional mentors
  • Employer advisers and partners
  • Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership alumni
  • Your fellow classmates

The Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership prepares you to make a difference through the following opportunities:

EPIC, Signature Co-Op Program

The Entrepreneurial Program with Integrated Cooperatives (EPIC) is a signature four-year program within the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. You must qualify to participate in EPIC.

EPIC provides:

  • Two years of paid work experience if you are studying Business Administration or Accounting
  • Credit toward your degree for the time you spend working in place of classroom-intensive work
  • Real-world experience
  • An executive mentor during your sophomore year that assists in the development of your business acumen, leadership skills, social skills, academic performance and overall success

Internship-Based Program

Internships provide:

  • An entrepreneurial skill set through challenging, classroom-based curriculum
  • Rigorous academics
  • Experience in a real-world environment

Downtown Fort Wayne

The Business Department is located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Festivals, events, shows, and games are always occurring downtown. The downtown Fort Wayne area continues to draw more and more people who choose to find a career and home in the city.

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 service. As a student in the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, 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 Local and Regional Business Executives

Mentoring from experienced, local business professionals is a key part of your curriculum in the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Mentors will guide you as you develop your business acumen and provide you with an understanding of what it takes to succeed and lead in the business world.

Your mentors will support you throughout your degree program, often serving as coaches on major class assignments. Mentors will assist you with your career exploration and planning by discussing their own professional experiences. They also serve as key networking resources by introducing you to other local leaders in your areas of interest.

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 Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership 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 integrates a variety of resources that help turn your dreams into reality. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in overseas travel experiences, business plan competitions, business boot camps and student organizations. You can also attend the annual CEO Forum to learn from northeast Indiana’s most successful business entrepreneurs and leaders. The Entrepreneurship Center provides a fertile atmosphere where you can gain the skills necessary to thrive in today’s economic climate.