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Design Your Opportunity

The University of Delaware’s 11-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship & Design (ENTD) gives you the knowledge, skills and credentials needed to lead a startup, drive innovation for an established company or launch a social venture.


Program Highlights

The ENTD utilizes a limited enrollment, cohort model to deliver exceptional learning opportunities and value. As an ENTD student, you will:

  • engage with seasoned entrepreneurs and industry leaders
  • gain access to maker spaces
  • compete for funding and attend weekly speaker series
  • benefit from mentoring and venture support programs
  • continue to receive support from the Horn Program after graduation

The ENTD program focuses on learning to practice evidence-based entrepreneurship. Its interdisciplinary courses utilize experiential learning and focus on:

  • creativity and design thinking
  • entrepreneurship
  • rapid prototyping and new product development
  • your personal area(s) of interest (electives).

Facilities and Resources

ENTD students gain access to the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship’s Venture Development Center, which offers co-working, private meeting and creativity space as well as computing and other resources. They also have the opportunity to utilize Mechanical Engineering’s Design Studio, a 3,500- square-foot “hacker space” with CAD, CAM, 3D printing, fabrication and other prototyping and design resources.

Program Requirements

Applicants may have undergraduate degrees in business, engineering, art or any other discipline. The ENTD program is 30 credits, and designed for full-time participation. The first two months, July and August, are spent completing online coursework. The remaining nine months, September through May, are spent on campus.

REQUIRED COURSES

ENTR654 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENTR655 Startup Experience I
ENTR658 Application Development for New Technology
ENTR651 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
ENTR616/UAPP716 Applied Creativity
ENTR617/UAPP717 Design Thinking & Innovation
ENTR601 Methods in Prototyping, Modeling & Testing
ENTR602/MEEG602 Industrial Design

Students who do not possess a business background (academic or professional) will be required to earn a passing grade in ENTR150 Business Basics for Entrepreneurs; however, the course will not provide credit toward the degree.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ELECTIVE

Students may choose any graduate-level ENTR course that is not required. Examples include ENTR620 Social Entrepreneurship and ENTR650 Business Accelerator. Subject to the approval of the program director, they may also satisfy this requirement by completing an independent study or an internship that involves immersion in an entrepreneurial environment. (3 credits)

BUSINESS, CREATIVITY OR ENGINEERING ELECTIVE

Students may choose from a list of pre-approved electives or seek approval to complete any business, creativity, engineering or design elective listed at the 500-level or above. (3 credits)

Course Sequence (11 Months)

July-Aug* Fall Winter Spring
ENTR654 ENTR655 ENTR651 UAPP717
ENTD150 (0 credits) ENTR658   MEEG602
  ENTR601   Elective
  UAPP716   Elective
*Online courses; ENTR150 is required only for students who do not possess a business background.

Course Waivers & Transfers

Up to 6 hours of previous graduate level courses with applicability to the ENTD requirements may be considered toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. Transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Career Opportunities

Entrepreneurial careers go beyond specific job titles and industries to include:

  • Innovator and Value Creator (Research & Development)
  • Designer
  • Team builder/leader/connector
  • Business developer/growth hacker
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Pioneers who make new jobs that don’t exist yet
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Cross-Disciplinary Faculty

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship & Design draws experts from three colleges — Lerner College, College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering — who are actively engaged with entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Faculty members represent a range of research areas and interests, including: Entrepreneurial education; Leadership theory and practice; Innovation process design and design thinking; Interaction design and physical computing; Medical robotics and translational research.

“We view students as active collaborators who are responsible for co-creating and pursuing educational opportunities, rather than passive recipients of knowledge. We design our programming to ignite imaginations and empower world-changers.”
Dan Freeman, director of UD’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship


Admissions Information

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