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New Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship Offered by SCU School of Business

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

To put its students on a fast track to entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business will begin offering a 14-month Master’s of Science degree in Entrepreneurship degree this summer, bringing to four the number of advanced degrees offered by the Silicon Valley-based business school.

Unlike many advanced-degree programs at other schools, which require students to wait five years after graduation to apply, SCU’s MS degree in entrepreneurship is open to students who have just graduated from college or university.

“As the oldest university in California , Santa Clara University has been an integral part of the growth of Silicon Valley and the West, ,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “In today's economy, we need for an  advanced degree that teaches students how to turn their ideas into successful business.  Our MS students will learn to find new market opportunities, evaluate customer needs, and understand what’s required to ‘scale up’ a good idea.”

In addition to classes in managing innovation, intellectual property and economics for business decisions, the new MS in entrepreneurship degree will incorporate Santa Clara University’s longstanding emphasis on business ethics, including a course in business integrity and society. 

Other courses for the degree, many of which will be taken alongside working professionals in SCU’s part-time MBA program, include:

  • Accelerated foundation courses including accounting and business analytics
  • Elective course offerings such as social-benefit entrepreneurship;  economics of decision-making under uncertainty, or the social psychology of leadership
  • Required entrepreneurship courses such as emerging company finance; cash-flow management for entrepreneurs; and managing innovation and technology
  • A mandatory quarter of experiential learning through mentoring, internships or pursuit of an entrepreneurial venture.


Classes start July 8 and applications are due May 15. More information on the degree can be found at

The entrepreneurship master’s degree is one of four graduate programs offered by the Leavey School of Business focused on entrepreneurs and research into entrepreneurship. The school offers a six-month certificate program called the California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE) that serves non-matriculating students with existing businesses, or strong business ideas, in California. The new MBA curriculum also offers an entrepreneurship concentration, and the Executive Development Center offers online programming devoted to building entrepreneurial skills.

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