Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Program Description

Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Just steps from some of the world’s most innovative companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the USF MSEI helps you build essential skills, handle real-world startup scenarios, and establish professional associations to launch an entrepreneurial career in the region that constantly reinvents itself.

During this one-year master's degree, take an entrepreneurial journey to launch your new career.

Join small classes of motivated students, experience a cutting-edge curriculum, and leverage the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem.

USF delivers essential theoretical, applied, and experiential learning to help you launch your new career or new venture.

Develop your career as an innovative leader who will help fashion a more humane and equitable world through the creation of products, services, and new ventures that serve communities around the globe.

Customized Career Guidance

MSEI Students will have access to professional networking events, career workshops, and other career services.

Students will also receive on-going mentorship and build a personal advisory board to aid in their professional development.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Intern with a San Francisco Bay Area firm.
  • Work on company-based projects.
  • Visit Silicon Valley companies.
  • Attend entrepreneurial pitch events.
  • Prepare a new business venture for launch.

Global Reputation

The University of San Francisco has a long tradition of entrepreneurial excellence. In 2015 Forbes ranked USF among the top 20 entrepreneurial research universities in the United States, and the Financial Times ranked the joint USF Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management among the top 75 international master of management programs.

Program Details

The USF M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to allow new and recent college graduates gain essential skills and experiences in order to best compete for a place in today’s innovation economy and launch an entrepreneurial career in Silicon Valley. Today’s innovation economy requires professionals with business and technical skills and professional experiences.

In the USF MSEI, students will learn from leading scholarly and professional faculty and gain vital mentorship and professional enterprise and entrepreneurial experience. This 12-month program will help new graduates prepare for professional careers in today’s entrepreneurial and innovation economy.

Program Goals:

  1. Develop cadres of entrepreneurial and innovative leaders who help fashion a more humane world through the creation and development of enterprises and products that serve communities around the globe; we utilize a cutting-edge combination of academic, professional, and individualized learning methods to establish a foundation for life-long learning and career development in a chosen field.

Accelerate the student resource-based academic and professional growth leading to a launch of a new venture by building entrepreneurial capabilities and enhancing future entrepreneurial learning. Engage students in the Silicon Valley ecosystem through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programming and activities. Develop and enhance student academic and applied research in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. Promote and support the global entrepreneurship and innovation network of current students, alumni, and affiliated external partners.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Review, analyze, and apply a comprehensive creativity, innovation and design toolset to business ideas, products, and services.

Identify and develop key technology competencies for start-ups and enterprises. Identify and discuss the issues and develop key competencies in the areas of entrepreneurial strategy, planning, and finance. Identify and discuss the issues and develop key competencies in the area of entrepreneurial marketing, sales, and analytics. Appreciate and analyze concepts and issues of entrepreneurial leadership, management, ethics, and develop an innovative mindset. Immerse in the Silicon Valley ecosystem and develop professionally through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programming and activities, including structured internships, external client-based projects, and ongoing career and new venture mentorship. At the end of Module 3 or within 6 months following the program completion EITHER.

  • Launch a new venture, or
  • Secure a position/ new career leads with an entrepreneurial organization (e.g. venture capital-backed start-up, social enterprise, family business, not-for-profit organization, international venture), or
  • Join a competitive and upward mobility-oriented internship program.

Students complete 36 credits—32 credits of core coursework and 4 credits of electives (2 credits each in Modules 2 and 3).

  • All MSEI courses are taken in a prescribed sequence (no prerequisites) and can be repeated for credit.
  • All MSEI courses are letter-grade based (standard) with the exception of MSEI 606 (pass/fail).
  • Students are expected to have basic skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Students must complete all degree coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and pass MSEI 606, New Venture Launch.

Required Courses


  • MSEI 500 - Philosophy of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • MSEI 501 - Creativity, Innovation, & Applied Design
  • MSEI 502 - Internet Business Applications
  • MSEI 503 - Product & Service Development
  • MSEI 504 - Entrepreneurial Finance & Accounting
  • MSEI 506 - Entrepreneurial & Executive Mentoring
  • MSEI 507 - Entrepreneurial Leadership, Organization, & Ethics
  • MSEI 508 - Organizational Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • MSEI 509 - Contemporary Technology, Trends, & Tools
  • MSEI 600 - Entrepreneurial Marketing, Analytics & Sales
  • MSEI 601 - Entrepreneurial Strategy & Planning
  • MSEI 602 - Entrepreneurial Law


The practicum is offered during the second and last term of the program on the ongoing basis.

  • MSEI 510 – Individualized Organizational Practicum: Internship
  • MSEI 606 – New Venture Launch: Practicum


  • MSEI 605 - Special Topic: Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Application Requirements

  • Transcript(s) – Copies of your transcripts from each accredited college or university attended must be uploaded to the online application. Once admitted to the program, instructions for sending official, sealed transcripts will be provided. The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Résumé – A copy of your current résumé is required and must be uploaded as part of the online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants to all programs should submit at least one letter from a professional contact, if possible. Ideally, one or both of your recommendations will come from a current or former direct supervisor. Academic recommendations are also appreciated for current undergraduates. Enter the recommenders' email addresses directly into the online application for electronic submission.

    Your recommenders may submit a signed letter of recommendation or they may utilize the Common Letter of Recommendation template.

    If your recommender(s) must submit a hard copy letter by mail, please request that s/he complete this form to include with her/his letter. Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF)

    The Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) effort is intended to save applicants and recommenders valuable time by providing a single set of recommendation questions for each participating school. You can download and share a template of the Common Letter of Recommendation with your recommenders. Our preference is that your recommenders minimally complete sections 1 and 3. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website offers additional instructions for your recommenders
  • Statement of Purpose or Essay – A 500 to 1000 word essay is required and must be uploaded to the online application. Please upload one document answering the following questions:
    1. What are your short and long-term professional goals and how this degree will help you achieve those goals?
    2. Your background, passions and personal interests are important to us. What are five things we don’t already know about you?
  • Scholarship Statement – The USF School of Management offers general merit and special interest scholarships. Please review available scholarships and use this as your opportunity to explain your eligibility and/or qualifications for one or more of these scholarships.
  • Optional Self Evaluation – Use this essay to evaluate your leadership and management skills, capabilities, and talents as they stand today. What would your colleagues/classmates say about you as a leader? What areas do you feel you could further develop?
  • Optional Statement – Use this essay to share any additional information you would like us to consider as part of your application, for example, gaps in employment, academic issues (probation, dismissal, failing grades, standardized test performance), etc.
  • Interview – Interview requirements vary by program. All interviews are by invitation only. As such, should you be selected to interview, an invitation will be sent to the email account associated with your online application and include all necessary details.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation International Applicants and English Proficiency Requirements

Prior to submitting your application, please contact to set up an appointment with an Admissions Counselor to discuss application timelines and visa processing.

In addition to the application requirements, international applicants must submit the following:

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who have completed two or more years of study or earned their undergraduate/graduate degree at an institution located in one of the countries listed in the Exempt Countries Table may be waived of the English proficiency requirement.

International Applicants are encouraged to attend the USF School of Management United States Business Communications and Culture program (USBCC).

International Applicants to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program who receive a TOEFL (internet-based) score of 92-99, a TOEFL (paper-based) score of 580-599, an IELTS score of 6.5 or a Pearson Test of English Academic score of 62-67 are admitted to the USF School of Management United States Business Communications and Culture program (USBCC).

Minimum Engish Proficiency Exam Scores

  • TOEFL (internet-based): 92
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 580
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 62

Exempt Countries

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
  • Dominica
  • The Federated States of Micronesia
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • The Republic of Palau
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • The Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States of America

International Transcripts

Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from an international (non-U.S.) institution must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s) (academic record) in the original language of your institution.
  • Official degree conferral certificate(s) indicating degree completion or expected date of completion.
  • English version of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s). A notarized English translation of your transcript/degree conferral certificate or evaluation by a credentials service is required if the university does not issue English language transcripts.

Once admitted to the program, all applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts. Instructions on how to send official, sealed transcripts will be provided at the time of admission. As such, it is important to have official copies of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s) available for submission.

Certification of Finances

Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must verify that they (or sponsor(s)) can fund their tuition and living expenses during their studies in the U.S. The Certification of Finances along with any required bank statement(s), bank letter(s) or sponsorship letter(s) should be uploaded to the online application. Please refer to USF International Graduate Student Financial Requirements for required funds.


Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport with their application.

Undocumented and DACA - Approved Applicants

The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Please visit the Undocumented Students page for more resources or contact the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions for questions about the School of Management programs or application.


Fall 2018

Application Deadlines Decision Notifications
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Last updated December 8, 2017
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