Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

Introduced in June 2013, the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is designed to produce graduates who:

  • Recognize innovative ideas and assess their marketability
  • Understand the unique challenges of new business, including resource limitation and ability to scale
  • Operate within an ethical framework, implementing decisions with integrity
  • Create and sustain new ventures with potential for growth and long-term viability.

The MSE program is a 14-month, full-time degree program which equips the students with the business skills and practical experience to ready themselves for careers in start-ups, social enterprise, and new business development. Summer Bootcamp courses are shared with MS in Finance students. Most remaining program requirements are completed with classes that will also include students from the MBA and other MS programs. The MSE program is taught by the same faculty as the MBA program, and has the same Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation. A new class begins each June.


Admissions requirements for the MSE program are similar to those for the evening MBA program (please refer to the Admissions section, Chapter 3) with the following exceptions:

  • Admission is in the summer quarter only
  • Deferments are generally not permitted
  • Professional work experience is not required
  • An interview is required

Please refer to for additional information.


Pre-program Requirement
Admitted students have until the end of their first term in residence (end of Summer quarter) to complete the Calculus requirement. We encourage students to complete the requirement before enrolling in the program if possible. Calculus may be satisfied by: (a) having taken a minimum of 3 quarter units of college calculus within the past 10 years with a grade of C or better, or (b) having a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences if accompanied by a strong GMAT/GRE quantitative score, or (c) passing the OMIS 351 Mathematical Analysis Equivalency Exam, or (d) completing OMIS 351 with a P (Passing) grade or an approved business calculus course elsewhere with a grade of C or better during the first quarter. Students with math/science/engineering degrees are waived from this requirement.

Course Waiver Policy
Students in the MSE program may receive credit for coursework taken previously in limited circumstances. Students with a professional qualification (CPA, CMA, Chartered Accountant or similar) or recent (within 6 years) substantial coursework in accounting, including through Intermediate Accounting, may receive credit for the Accounting requirement. Students with substantial preparation in statistics, including coursework (within 6 years) may receive credit for the Statistics core requirement. A minimum grade of B is required in each class accepted for waiver credit.

The determination of whether prior coursework or professional qualification is sufficient for credit may be made by the admissions staff in many circumstances. In unusual situations, students may be asked to prepare a petition outlining their prior preparation for faculty review.

This policy applies to matriculated students only. Policies for non-matriculated students may be different.

Program Description
The MSE program requires 51 units to complete the degree. Below is the required curriculum, listed by term.

Summer I: Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp (13 units)

  • ACTG 2300 Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • MGMT 2501 Managerial Competencies and Team Effectiveness (3 units)
  • MGMT 2505 Business Integrity and Society (3 units)
  • MGMT 2750 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • OMIS 2353 Statistical Methods (3 units)

Fall: The New Venture (14 units)

  • ECON 2401 Economics for Business Decisions (3 units)
  • FNCE 2452 Financial Management (4 units)
  • MGMT 2503 Organizational Analysis & Management (3 units)
  • MGMT 2548 Social Benefit Entrepreneurship (3 units)
  • MGMT 2752 Crowdsourcing & Expertsourcing: Strategies for Innovation (1 unit)

Winter: Growing the New Venture (12 units)

  • IDIS 2700 Business Communications (1 unit)
  • MGMT 2504 Innovation in Silicon Valley (3 units)
  • MGMT 2696 Legal Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs (3 units)
  • MGMT 2751 Business Frameworks (1 unit)
  • MKTG 2552 Marketing Strategies and Decisions (4 units)

Spring: Managing the New Venture (11 units)

  • ACTG 2753 Cash Flow Management for Entrepreneurs (1 unit)
  • FNCE 2480 Emerging Company Finance (3 units)
  • MKTG 2566 Small Business Entrepreneurship (3 units)
  • MKTG 2567 Business Plan Investor Pitch Practicum (1 unit)
  • OMIS 2390 Integrated Product Development (3 units)

Summer II: Experiencing the New Venture (1 unit)

  • IDIS 2697 Experiential Learning (1 unit)

Note: Please refer to Chapter 18 for all course descriptions.

Leaves of Absence
Due to the full-time nature of the MSE program, a student requiring a leave of absence will be required to withdraw from the program. Alternatives to continuing his/her education should be discussed with the director, M.S. Programs.

Program Withdrawal
Students who want to withdraw from the program and the university must notify the Graduate Business Programs Office of their intent in writing. Some portion of the tuition may be refunded and will be determined at time of withdrawal notification. Withdrawal from the university is not complete until the student clears obligations with the Bursar’s Office.

Transferring into Another Graduate Business Program
Transferring into another graduate business program is possible. A transfer will be granted only once, is not automatic, and is at the discretion of the faculty director and the assistant dean.

For information regarding entrance into the MBA program after completion of the MSE program, contact the Graduate Business Programs Office, 116 Lucas Hall.

Academic Standing
To qualify for the MSE degree, a student must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in all work taken in the Leavey School of Business. A grade of C- is considered a minimum passing grade in each course. A grade of F is considered a failing grade, and the units will not be counted toward graduation requirements.

After bootcamp (sessions 1 AND 2), if a student has a cumulative GPA below a 3.0, he/she will be placed on academic probation. A student then has one quarter to raise the GPA to 3.0.

The administration will reach out to the faculty midway through the term to acquire a status update on academic performance to ensure students are aware of academic resources and tutoring in an attempt to resolve matters before they can become GPA issues.

If a student has a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 at the end of his/her final quarter and all course requirements have been satisfied, no degree will be awarded until the cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or better through completion of additional course work in the SCU graduate business school.

Student Responsibility
Students enrolled in the MSE program are required to follow the same policies and procedures as students in the evening MBA program. Each student is personally responsible for knowing all of the academic regulations of the graduate business school. This includes, but is not limited to: grading, honor code, leave of absence, withdrawal, and concurrent enrollment policies. Please refer to the Academic Information section, chapter 5, for additional information.


MSE program students can take advantage of all of the Graduate Business student life activities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Student network events
  • Career management seminars
  • Career fairs
  • Career counseling
  • End-of-quarter networking socials
  • Academic awards and recognition

In addition, special MSE activities will be offered by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Graduate Business Programs Office team.

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