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Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures MS

Program overview

The master of science degree in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures supports the development of technology workers as they move into leadership roles in the high-technology domains in the world economy. Graduates of the program will have a unique combination of technical and business expertise and will be able to communicate at all levels of an organization.


The program requires students to complete 30 credit hours consisting of:

  • six required core courses designed to increase a student’s knowledge of accounting, organizational behavior and leadership, technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and product commercialization;
  • Two courses that allow students to pursue organizational, research, product, or project management expertise; and
  • Electives that provide students will additional background in areas of interest.

Entrepreneurship and innovative ventures, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization 3
MGMT-720 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation 3
BLEG-612 Legal and Accounting Issues for New Ventures 3
FINC-605 Financing New Ventures 3
MGMT-765 Applied Venture Creation* 3
Choose two of the following courses: 6
   DECS-744    Project Management  
   GRDE-711    Design Theory and Methods Seminar  
   MGMT-735    Management of Innovation in Products and Services  
   MGMT-742    Technology Management  
   MKTG-776    Product and Brand Management  
   MKTG-778    Commercialization and Marketing of New Products  
  Graduate Electives† 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* Students enrolled in Applied Venture Creation (MGMT-765) may work on their own project in the course or they may work on a project in conjunction with Venture Creations, RIT's business incubator.

† Graduate electives taken at RIT may be in courses outside the Saunders College.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GMAT preferred),
  • Submit a personal statement,
  • Submit a current resume, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. For additional information on the IELTS, visit

Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.

Accepted students can defer enrollment for up to one year. After one year, a new application must be submitted and will be re-evaluated based on the most current admission standards.

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