Plant, develop and grow a business with a competitive advantage.

Develop the entrepreneurial mindset, influence, skills and understanding you need to bring new ideas to the marketplace. Through hands-on experience, you’ll be ready to launch a startup, innovate for an established company, or develop sustainable solutions to important social problems.



96% of all students rated their overall educational experience within the Lerner Graduate and MBA programs as excellent or good

Recognize opportunity, generate ideas, foster innovation for an established company, validate innovative business models, gain buy-in from others, bring new technologies to market and launch new ventures.

Program Highlights

Gateway Location

Take advantage of career opportunities in the strategic Delaware location — within a few hours of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, the growing tech scene of Wilmington, Delaware and New York City. Learn from accomplished faculty, as well as your classmates’ own professional experiences in a diverse set of business fields.

Unique Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Entrepreneurial studies majors are encouraged to participate in the many co-curricular and networking opportunities offered by Horn Entrepreneurship, such as the Hen Hatch startup funding competition, Free Lunch Friday sessions with expert entrepreneurs and the state-of-the-art Venture Development Center.

Alumnus Alex Brooks
In this video, Alex Brooks, class of 2018, MBA and master of science in entrepreneurship and design, shares his insights on the opportunities he found at UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and the impact they had on his future.
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Program Requirements

MBA majors require 5 courses in a particular field. All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise stated.

Courses (15 credits)

ENTR 654 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Choose 1 course from (creativity requirement):
ENTR 616 – Applied Creativity
ENTR 617 – Design Thinking and Innovation
BUAD 671 – Managing for Creativity and Innovation

Choose 1 course from (experiential requirement):
ENTR 655 – Startup Experience I
ENTR 658 – Developing New Technology-Based Products

Choose 2 courses from the list below or any other 600-level ENTR-designated courses:
ENTR 601 – Modeling, Prototyping & Testing
ENTR 602 – Industrial Design
ENTR 620 – Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR 650 – Business Accelerator for ENTR Ventures
ENTR 651 – Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
ENTR 660 – High Technology Entrepreneurship
ENTR 657 – Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 665 – User-Centered Research Methods for Entrepreneurship
ENTR 659 – Startup Finance & Raising Capital for Entrepreneurs

Career Opportunities

The creative nature of an entrepreneurial mindset inevitably means there are no limits to where you may take your career. Graduates with the MBA major in entrepreneurial studies at Lerner may pursue a career as an:

  • Innovator and value creator (research & development)
  • Team builder/leader/connector
  • Business developer
  • Social entrepreneur


Admissions Information

Learn more about MBA admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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