Missouri State University - West Plains


Do you want to be your own boss?

  • Have a great business idea?
  • Be a positive economic impact on your community.

Why study entrepreneurship?

The entrepreneurship program differs from traditional business programs in several ways:

  • Complete coursework online on your schedule.
  • Learn from guest speakers' shared experiences.
  • Use practical course assignments in your own business.
  • Take courses in any sequence and any combination.

A recent study of the Community Policy Analysis Center found that 61.5% of all businesses in our seven county service area employ fewer than 5 people and 80.2% employ fewer than 10 people. An OSEDA report found that 13.13% of the population in the West Plains area were entrepreneurs, which was second highest in the state, following the Northwest Region at 14.02%.

Cathy Boys

Department Head:

Assistant Professor of Agriculture/Entrepreneurship
Missouri State-West Plains
Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center T209B
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775

Courses and Programs

Students have several options to meet their educational needs.

  • For-Credit Courses: For students who do not need or want to pursue a degree or certificate but instead prefer to take individual courses to satisfy their educational needs, the entrepreneurship (EPR) courses can be taken as individual, stand-alone courses. With the exception of EPR 230 Financial Management for Entrepreneurs, no other EPR course has a prerequisite.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree: The AAS in Entrepreneurship consists of 19 credit hours of general education courses, 30 credit hours of entrepreneurial courses, and 15 credit hours of elective courses that can be selected from any department. The total credit hours required for the AAS degree is 64 credit hours.
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship: For students interested only in the entrepreneurial courses (and not the general education courses), the 30 credit hours Certificate in Entrepreneurship allows students to take the same courses as contained in the entrepreneurial core classes in the AAS degree. Students would have the option to complete the AAS degree at any time after completion of the certificate, if they wish.
  • Certificate in Small Business Development: The Certificate in Small Business Development is a short-term, 15 credit hour certificate program that is ideal for students who recognize the need to further their education but need to do so in a short time frame in order to put their education to work quickly. (Note: The Certificate in Small Business Development is pending CBHE approval. Upon approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors and CBHE, the name will be changed to Certificate in Small Business Management.)

Degree Information Sheets

The degree information sheets provide detailed information of course requirement and career information. Some contain sample recommended course sequences.