Naveen Jindal School of Management
Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
36 semester credit hours minimum
The MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE) prepares students for successful business careers in entrepreneurial new ventures, entrepreneurial finance (venture capital/private equity), or innovation-related roles in mature organizations (product planning, product marketing, product development, etc.). This degree complements baccalaureate or advanced degrees in a business, scientific or engineering discipline, and is valued by employers in technology-related or consumer products industries.
The Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship degree requires 12 semester credit hours of basic core courses, including foundational courses in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. The curriculum also provides two concentration areas, the first focuses on entrepreneurial startups (New Venture concentration) and the second on the challenges of managing entrepreneurial innovation within the more structured environment of a mature organization (Innovation within the Corporation concentration). The student must take a minimum of 12 semester credit hours within one of the designated concentration areas.
An additional 12 semester credit hours of electives must be taken, including at least one course from among the experiential courses taught in the Venture Development Center (ENTP 6360, ENTP 6365, or ENTP 6398). The remaining electives may be chosen from among any of the concentration area courses not already taken, the other ENTP electives offered, the non-ENTP courses listed as electives below, or, with permission, from among any of the other JSOM offerings in the ACCT, BPS, FIN, IMS, MIS, MKT, OPRE, or OB areas.
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in both core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the MS degree.
Prerequisite knowledge in statistics is a requirement for the program. Candidates who have not taken equivalent courses will need to take OPRE 6301 to meet the statistics requirement. Degree credit is not earned for program prerequisites. If required, OPRE 6301 may be included as an additional elective (but it will not count as part of the 36 semester credit hours required for the degree).
Basic Core Courses: 12 semester credit hours1
Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the 12-semester credit hour basic core consisting of the following courses:
Concentration Area Courses: 12 semester credit hours
Each candidate must complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours within one of the two concentration areas shown below:
New Venture Concentration
Innovation within the Corporation Concentration
Elective Courses: 12 semester credit hours
Each candidate must complete a sufficient number of electives to earn a minimum of 36 semester credit hours toward the MS degree. At least one course must be chosen from among the experiential courses taught in the Venture Development Center (indicated by an asterisk below). The remaining electives may be chosen from:
Start-up Launch Program
A student or student team with an approved business concept may elect the Start-up Launch Option. The option requires completion of the Basic Core courses, the New Venture Concentration, and up to 12 semester credit hours of the ENTP 6360, ENTP 6361, and ENTP 6362 series of Start-up Launch electives, pursuing concept validation and business development leading to the launch of the new business while at UT Dallas or upon completion of the program.
- Business statistics is required as a prerequisite for the degree program. Candidates who have not taken an equivalent course will need to take OPRE 6301 to meet the statistics requirement. If required, OPRE 6301 may be included as an additional elective (but it will not count as part of the 36 semester credit hours for the degree).