Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master of Science
The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MS-EI) program is designed for individuals from varied backgrounds who are focused on creating new ventures, are part of family businesses, are interested in starting or growing their own businesses, or are pursuing successful careers in innovation-related roles within established organizations. This program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to create businesses in all sectors. Given the complementary strengths of both of the professional schools involved (The Peter J. Tobin College of Business and the College of Professional Studies), this collaboration has produced a dynamic program with an experiential learning focus. Both Colleges offer pedagogical flexibility to meet the demands of the market as it evolves in the context of new technologies.
The MS-EI curriculum consists of four components that will enable a student to select:
- A three-course foundation in entrepreneurship and innovation (nine credits);
- A three-course concentration from the entrepreneurial and innovation offerings from the College of Professional Studies (nine credits);
- A three-course concentration from the entrepreneurial and innovation offerings from the Peter J. Tobin College of Business (nine credits); and
- A capstone course that will bring together the knowledge and skills developed within the program and will integrate students learning (three credits).
The Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competitions will become integral parts of the foundation for the MS-EI program. These yearly competitions run, respectively, every November and April. They require students to compete to present their ideas in different format and at different stages of development through a professional pitch (idea stage) or a 15-page business plan (implementation stage) that will be judged by faculty and professionals, including entrepreneurs. Students compete for several monetary prizes and gain the experience of pitching a new idea to obtain funding.
Students will use the College of Professional Studies’ laboratories to develop their own ideas into ventures, particularly digital ventures, high-tech/social media and advertising companies, and they will engage with entrepreneurs in New York City. These labs, including the Innovation Lab, the IDEA Lab, the Computer Science Lab, and the MAD (Media, Art and Design) Lab, are open spaces that simulate maker spaces and creative studios where students will work together on projects.
Students will have many opportunities to work at their ideas using the incubator spaces located in the Tobin School of Business. In addition to providing dedicated space, the incubator will also organize a wide variety of events and activities, including the Business Plan and Pitch Competition and hosting different speakers, workshops, and programs. There will be multiple opportunities for students to meet, learn from, and network with leading industry professionals, including entrepreneurs and executives. Students will compete in the annual Business Plan and Pitch Competitions, will be encouraged to participate in the networking events and distinguished speaker series, work as interns in support of the startup companies through a development center, and get involved in the community outreach programs.
All applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent prior to enrollment at the graduate level. In addition to the application form and non-refundable application fee candidates should submit the following:
- Statement of professional goals and resume which can be uploaded as part of the application for admission
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended. International Applicants to programs in Accounting and Taxation must have a Graduate Admissions evaluation completed by AEQUO.
- Official GMAT or GRE scores, taken within the last five years
- Two letters of recommendation, obtained from professional or academic references
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English
For additional information, please contact:
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439