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

Develop the entrepreneurial skills and understanding you need to adapt and thrive in any business climate. Through hands-on experiences, you’ll be ready to launch a startup, innovate for an established company or develop sustainable solutions to social problems. You’ll learn from accomplished faculty, as well as your classmates’ own professional expertise in a diverse set of business fields.

Entrepreneurship and innovation 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.

Format

The Lerner MBA with major or concentration in entrepreneurship and innovation is an on-campus program. You can also take several courses online, giving you more flexibility and allowing you to complete your degree faster.

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

The Lerner MBA’s core business courses and professional development classes give you a solid base of business management knowledge. Then choose an entrepreneurship and innovation specialization option.

Major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The entrepreneurship and innovation major requires 5 courses and offers an in-depth study in entrepreneurship.

Major 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
 
Courses vary in format and term offered. Your MBA advisor can help you plan your course of study.

Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The entrepreneurship and innovation concentration requires 3 courses and offers a broad view of entrepreneurship. In addition to the 9 credits of the concentration, you will choose an additional 6 credits of electives.

Concentration Courses (9 credits)
ENTR 654 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
 
Choose one course from:
ENTR 655 – Startup Experience I
ENTR 658 – Developing New Technology-Based Products
 
Choose one course from:
ENTR 601 – Modeling, Prototyping & Testing
ENTR 602 – Industrial Design
ENTR 616 – Applied Creativity
ENTR 617 – Design Thinking and Innovation
ENTR 620 – Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR 650 – Business Accelerator for ENTR Ventures
ENTR 651 – Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
ENTR 660 – High Technology Entrepreneurship
ENTR 659 – Startup Finance & Raising Capital for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 657 – Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 665 – User-Centered Research for Entrepreneurs
 
Courses vary in format and term offered. Your MBA advisor can help you plan your course of study.

Career Opportunities

The creative nature of entrepreneurship inevitably means there are no limits to where you will take your career. Graduates 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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