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Vision to see, courage to do: get your masters in entrepreneurship in one year at SU

March 06, 2012

Lindsay Wickham
(315) 443-3550

Wondering about what you’re going to do after graduation? Do you have a passion or hobby that you really want to follow and create into a viable business? Turn your dreams into a reality with and earn a master’s degree in the one-year M.S. in Entrepreneurship (MSE) program in the Whitman School of Management. This unique program includes 30 credit hours of rigorous immersion into the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. The core content is coupled with a strong commitment to experiential learning, where students have an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment focused on innovation and creative problem-solving.

“The EEE program at SU gives you the confidence to tackle real-world challenges with creative and measured approaches,” says Ryan Benz ’11. “Whether you're starting your own business or working within an existing company, you'll find yourself applying the knowledge you've learned from the MSE program on a daily basis.”

Many of the courses available to students include practical work with local businesses, including the D'Aniello Entrepreneurial Internship, Emerging Enterprise Consulting and Corporate Entrepreneurship courses. To best prepare for their chosen careers, students have the flexibility of choosing elective courses from specific tracks: New Venture, Social and Corporate Entrepreneurship. Scholarships are available to applicants to help offset the cost of tuition.

“The MSE program is about getting students ready for the real world. The program will teach them the basics of marketing, accounting, finance and strategy needed to be successful in business,” says entrepreneurship professor Alex McKelvie. “But students will also be able to dig deep into different parts of entrepreneurship that will help them achieve their career goals, regardless of what kind of entrepreneur they want to be.”

The MSE coursework includes a mix of 1.5- and three-credit courses taken in the following three fields:

  • Business Foundation (15 credit hours—required courses, most are part of the MBA core)
  • Entrepreneurial Core (12 credit hours of elective courses specifically focusing on entrepreneurship-related topics)
  • Entrepreneurship Field Experience (3 credit hours working on a novel business idea)

In addition to coursework, students in the MSE program will be encouraged to engage with the many resources available through the Syracuse University cross-campus university network, including the Panasci Business Plan Competition, the South Side Innovation Center, and the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) initiative.  Working space may also be provided to students to run their ventures, such as within the Couri Hatchery

To learn more about this program, please call Josh LaFave at 315-443-3497 or e-mail Additional information on courses can also be found on the MSE website.

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