The M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Design (ENTD) is a graduate degree program of the Lerner College of Business & Economics and involves partnerships between the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, the College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences. The program includes interdisciplinary, experiential courses focused on entrepreneurship, creativity & design and prototyping & new product development. Courses are augmented by enrichment opportunities such as funding competitions, mentoring programs, networking events and a variety of useful resources. Completion of required courses and participation in enrichment activities provides students with the knowledge, skills, connections and access to resources needed to manifest innovation and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
The program utilizes a cohort model wherein a select group of students is admitted each year. These students take most of their courses together in a standard sequence which allows for a cohesive learning experience as well as the development of strong relationships with fellow students and program faculty. We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of ENTD students for the 2015 - 16 academic year.
The ENTD program is designed for full-time participation. This enables completion of the program in 11 months. The first 2 months, July - August, are spent completing online coursework; the remaining 9 months, September - May, are spent on campus to take full advantage of the University’s physical resources. The program is ideal for recent graduates with business, engineering, art, and other degrees who are interested in gaining valuable experience in entrepreneurship and design. Content and deliverables for required courses aim to prepare students to launch startups, drive innovation in established companies, and develop sustainable solutions to social problems. Elective options allow for the exploration of individual interests.
The deadline to apply is May 31 or until the cohort is filled. Admission decisions are being made on a rolling basis.
Cost & Fees
Tuition rates for July 2015 to May 2016 cohort are $750/credit for Delaware residents; $1000/credit for domestic residents and $1250/credit for international students. Scholarships are available for highly qualified students. All scholarship decisions are made along with offers of admission.
Applicants to the M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Design program may have undergraduate degrees from engineering, art, business, or any other discipline. Current undergraduates who can be expected to complete their current degree program prior to the cohort start date are invited to apply.
Well-qualified students will have:
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and/or design
The following should be considered the minimum requirements for consideration for admission:
- A 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).
- Have taken the GMAT or GRE (GMAT scores > 600 and the following GRE scores are competitive: verbal + quantitative > 1200, if taken prior to August 1, 2011; Verbal + quantitative > 310 if taken after August 1, 2011.)
- Applicants with four or more years of full-time professional work experience and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 with at least a grade of ‘B’ in two college level math courses may request a waiver of the GMAT/GRE testing requirement. Applicants may submit a request for waiver before their application is complete or with their complete application. Requests will be approved by the program director on a case-by-case basis.
- International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language, if English is not the first language. International applicants must have an official TOEFL score of at least 100 on internet-based tests. TOEFL scores more than two years old cannot be considered official. Alternatively, IELTS can be accepted in place of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score is 7.5 overall.
- A completed University of Delaware Graduate Studies Application including (1) official transcripts of all previous academic work, (2) three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a professor, (3) resume outlining work and academic experience, (4) relevant test scores (GRE or GMAT), and (5) a personal statement addressing the following questions:
Describe how your background and professional experiences have shaped your interests and prepared you for graduate study of entrepreneurship & design.
Describe how completion of the program will further your professional/career objectives. Students may also be required to pass a formal interview with the program director or a designee.
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Last updated October 23, 2017