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  • Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Online

    Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Drexel’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship online will develop your entrepreneurial mindset, and provide the skills you need to launch a new venture or create a culture of innovation within an existing company. Entrepreneurship is more than the technical process of launching new endeavors, it also includes the personal and professional skills that foster the pursuit of innovation in business. At Drexel, the entrepreneurial skill set includes initiative, calculated risk-taking, value creation, opportunity recognition, adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.

    MS in Entrepreneurship Online Program Features

    • Drexel's Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship offers resources and mentoring for student entrepreneurs
    • Curriculum emphasizing development of the “entrepreneur”- the person - together with teaching the process of entrepreneurship
    • Unique courses directly targeted at professional entrepreneurial characteristics to differentiate you in your career
    • Benefits your career regardless of background or prior work experience

    What Makes Someone an Entrepreneur?

    Entrepreneur is defined as "a person who organizes and operates a business," but Drexel knows you’re a lot more than that. Entrepreneurs are visionaries who look for new and innovative ways to solve problems. They can look beyond short-term goals to focus on the bigger picture, and they’re resourceful and resilient when things don’t go as planned. Entrepreneurs don’t have the luxury of playing it safe, but they aren’t reckless; successful entrepreneurs know when to take calculated risks to achieve their goals. It takes courage and determination to be an entrepreneur, but with the right amount of focus and perseverance, you can claim your place among today’s most exciting innovators.

    What is an MS in Entrepreneurship?

    Drexel’s online MS in Entrepreneurship & Innovation is housed in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, the first free-standing school of entrepreneurship in the nation. The curriculum, from top to bottom, is focused on helping you develop the entrepreneurial mindset and skills necessary for success. Entrepreneurship is more than just launching a business: it’s having the personal and professional skills to take your idea to the next level. Courses focus on issues like "Early Stage Venture Funding," "Franchising," and even "Learning from Failure." And while you’ll take some business classes, you’ll mainly focus on topics that are unique to entrepreneurs.

    What is the Difference Between an MBA vs a Master’s in Entrepreneurship?

    As an advanced business degree, the MBA curriculum focuses largely on business-related and managerial courses as in Drexel’s MBA program. In other words, you’re learning how to successfully run a business. A master’s degree in entrepreneurship, on the other hand, is more concerned with how to start or revitalize a business. The emphasis is on entrepreneurial-specific skills like leading new ventures and launching companies on a budget, as well as the importance of innovation in the workplace.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You may transfer up to 15 graduate credits, however, given the unique coursework of this program, the average number of credits transferred is six. Additional credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

    Required Courses  
    ENTP 501 Entrepreneurship Essentials 3.0
    BUSN 501 Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance 3.0
    ENTP 535 Social Entrepreneurship 3.0
    ENTP 540 Methods of Entrepreneurship 3.0
    ENTP 565 Franchising 3.0
    ENTP 611 Learning from Failure 3.0
    ENTP 641 Innovation in Established Companies 3.0
    ENTP 651 Leading New Ventures 3.0
    BLAW 646 Legal Issues in New Ventures 3.0
    ENTP 660 Early Stage Venture Funding 3.0
    ENTP 621 Innovation & Ideation 3.0
    ENTP 690 The Lean Launch 3.0
    ENTP 631 Building Internal & External Relationships 3.0
    Electives 6.0
    Choose two of the following courses, OR two from other units (upon advisor approval):  
    ENTP 555
    Dynamics of the Family Firm  
    ENTP 670
    Clean Venture Lab  
    ENTP T580
    Special Topics in Entrepreneurship  
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • GPA of 2.7 preferred

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Personal statement (500 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular program,
      • Your short and long-term career plans, and
      • How your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combine with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue your goals successfully
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Transfer Credits

    You may transfer up to 15 graduate credits, however, given the unique coursework of this program, the average number of credits transferred is six. Additional credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $1265 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 15, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019


    2019-2020 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2019

    September 23, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 9, 2020

    December 14, 2019

    Winter 2020

    January 6, 2020

    March 16, 2020

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    Spring 2020

    March 30, 2020

    June 8, 2020

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    Summer 2020

    June 22, 2020

    August 30, 2020

    September 2, 2020

    September 5, 2020

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