Enterprise leadership is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on developing entrepreneurial management, leadership, and communication skills.

The major promotes problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation through understanding how to strategically address complex issues to meet consumer and organizational needs. Students learn how to effectively communicate, build and lead diverse teams, and understand how social and cultural issues impact organizational effectiveness.

The major in enterprise leadership is offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the John Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurial Management in the Tippie College of Business. The program is administered by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Management Center and the degree is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Students may earn the major in enterprise leadership or the certificate in entrepreneurial management, but not both.


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Online/Off-campus program(s)
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Admission Process

Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from more than 100 Study Abroad Programs and multiple Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. 

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.


All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn a bachelor's degree must complete the GE CLAS Core requirements. 

Capstone Experience 

Students engage in a required entrepreneurial leadership experience and apply their knowledge and skills through a business consulting/field study project or internship with an external business or nonprofit organization.

The capstone experience should be related to a student’s career goals and involve the development and application of professional business skills such as project management; market research, analysis and planning; financial management and forecasting; operations management; sales; organizational leadership; or professional business communications. Students also may choose to plan and launch their own business to meet the capstone requirement. 

Students are encouraged to complete multiple capstone courses to enhance their professional development.

See Enterprise Leadership in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work and graduating with honors in this major.