Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship – Panama City

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at FSU Panama City will begin classes in fall 2017. The program will offer a major in commercial entrepreneurship. Graduating students will receive a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

Students must complete an application for the Jim Moran School at Panama City by June 29, 2017. Please contact the FSU Panama City Office of Admissions and Records at (850) 770-2160 with any questions.


To be admitted to the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at FSU Panama City, students must have:

  1. Completed at least 52 semester hours
  2. Completed ECO 2013, ECO 2023, STA 2023, MAC 1105 or MAC 2233, and any leadership course with a grade of “C” or better in each course
  3. Earned the required GPA of at least 2.7

Academic Requirements

Core Courses (Course numbers and official titles coming soon)

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Measuring Financial Success
  • Innovation and Design Thinking
  • Entrepreneurial Technologies
  • Creating Value through Customer Acquisition
  • Personal Finance
  • Team Building and Management
  • Simulation Capstone
  • Legal Terms and Ethical Practices
  • Managing Growth
  • Internship

Specialization Courses

  • Experiences in Entrepreneurship I
  • Experiences in Entrepreneurship II
  • Negotiations in Entrepreneurship
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • New Product Development
  • Business Plan Design
  • 2 Electives

Your Entrepreneurial Journey

FSU Panama City alumnus Tyler Montgomery, 25, receives the Young Entrepreneur Award from Gov. Rick Scott. Montgomery took entrepreneurship courses and graduated from FSU Panama City in 2014. Now he operates a successful auto parts business in Panama City.

The revolutionary and highly experiential Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship is designed for those who wish to embark on an entrepreneurial journey. Students learn case-study lessons and participate in innovative, hands-on applications. Courses include technology commercialization, strategy formulation, organizational design and venture finance.

The curriculum is designed by full-time faculty and Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs). Students learn how to launch, manage and generate income from a venture. The foundation of the Jim Moran School is its creative and dynamic interdisciplinary entrepreneurship curriculum.

We attract students across disciplines and provide them with the education and skills they need to become entrepreneurs. Whether you dream of starting a tech company, social enterprise, nutrition business or apparel boutique, the school will inspire and prepare you to accomplish your goals.

“The oddball techniques that Dr. Dever uses to teach his courses make for a real-world learning experience. He teaches you things that only his experience can bring to the table, not a textbook. There is no textbook that will teach you how to run a business or how to be successful.”

Tyler Montgomery, founder and owner of Mont Motorsports in Panama City, started the business in 2015 after graduating with a degree in business administration from FSU Panama City.

James E. (Jim) Dever
James E. (Jim) Dever is an entrepreneur who retired at the age of 41. Then, at the age of 50, he returned to college to obtain the college degrees he never completed. Dever earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from FSU Panama City. Afterward, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dever brings a wealth of practical entrepreneurial experience to the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. He owned and operated many successful businesses during his 20-year entrepreneurial career, including trucking companies, motels, restaurants, a construction company and other assorted ventures. Dever is a Fulbright scholar who brings both a practical and academic approach to entrepreneurial learning.

Jim Dever – Vitae (PDF)

Contact Us

Website: pc.fsu.edu/about-us
FSU Panama City: (850) 872-4750
Toll Free: (866) 693-7872 (MYFSUPC)