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APUS Launches New Entrepreneurship Degree Programs to Expand Business and Management Offerings

Names Cassandra Shaw Program Director

CHARLES TOWN, WV, Oct. 8, 2013American Public University System (APUS) today introduced bachelor’s of arts and master’s of arts programs in entrepreneurship for American Military University  and American Public University students who want to direct their own career paths by starting businesses or nonprofit organizations.  Dr. Cassandra Shaw, APUS School of Business faculty member, was named program director.
The new programs, offered in response to strong student interest, were developed from the university’s existing entrepreneurship concentrations within its business administration programs. The continued strong growth in small businesses nationwide indicates that this is an increasingly popular career field, according to School of Business Dean Dr. Chad Patrizi.

“As small businesses continue to fuel our economic recovery, and more military veterans choose this option upon separation and retirement, our new entrepreneurship programs will help support this career path,” said Patrizi. “They will provide students with the essential skills to drive innovation, design business enterprises, and develop relationships within the entrepreneurial and business leader communities.”
The Entrepreneurship programs cater to the specific needs of entrepreneurs, family business owners, new business owners, and service members and veterans who are developing civilian careers. The programs feature faculty who are scholars as well as entrepreneurs.  The School of Business Industry Advisory Council also provided guidance on curriculum development from a business leader’s perspective.

Dr. Shaw, who worked in business and management for more than 15 years, will lead the ongoing direction of the program. She received a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University; a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix; and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University.  She has received various awards, including the APUS Faculty of the Year for the School of Business, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

“Our new program has been designed to guide students on an entrepreneurial journey, from inception to implementation of their business,” said Shaw. “We have incorporated a diversity of entrepreneurial ideas, skills, and resources, which will provide the guidance needed to help students get started as well as manage a start-up business or non-profit enterprise.”

The undergraduate program includes the basics of business, accounting, leadership, innovation, business plans, financing, law, money management, and marketing, culminating with a business capstone project.  Graduate program courses cover small business operations, entrepreneurial marketing, principles of e-commerce and small business funding. Students must also complete an entrepreneurial project as part of the degree requirements.

About American Public University System

American Public University System, winner of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of the OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Military University and American Public University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit

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