2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises, MS

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Alexander McKelvie, Associate Professor, 508 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-7252, mckelvie@syr.edu

Program Description

The Master’s in Entrepreneurship program provides a rigorous immersion into the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. Core content is coupled with a strong commitment to experiential learning. It is targeted to students with a passion for entrepreneurship in for-profit, non-profit, and public sector contexts. It is a 30-credit program and can be completed in one year. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, GMAT or GRE scores, and a written proposal for a venture. Entrepreneurial or other work experience is preferred.


The Whitman School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1920.


Students are required to take the GMAT or GRE as part of the application process. Applicants will be considered for the program based on their standardized testing score, previous academic experience, work experience, professional references, and personal statements.

Financial Support

Merit-based financial support is awarded based on a student’s admission application. These awards are highly competitive and are available to both U.S. and international full-time students. Students may apply for several loan programs to cover the cost of attendance. (Federal Direct Loan, ProgramFederal PLUS Loans, Alternative Loan Programs) Part-time students must be enrolled for at least six credits (half-time status) to be considered for loan programs. International students need to be enrolled for at least nine credits for student visa purposes.

Degree Requirements & Learning Outcomes

This is a 30 credit program which leads to a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship degree.

Required Entrepreneurship Field Experience

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Learning Goal 1:

Whitman MSEs will understand how to effectively manage organizational resources.

  • MSEs will be able to summarize key traits of different organizational resources, including financial capital, human capital, intellectual capital, technology resources, relational resources, and processes.
  • MSEs will be able to measure, organize and allocate resources in order to meet organizational objectives in an effective, ethical, and sustainable manner.
  • MSEs will be able to evaluate, prioritize and plan the acquisition of resources that are aligned with organizational objectives.
  • MSEs will be able to demonstrate an understanding of group and individual dynamics in organizations.

Learning Goal 2:

Whitman MSEs will demonstrate skills in inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and strategic analysis.

  • MSEs will be able to gather, manipulate, and analyze data for purposes of understanding business problems and designing solutions for them.
  • MSEs will be able to generate original and innovative solutions to new and existing business problems.
  • MSEs will be able to explain and apply concepts, models and tools of strategic analysis.

Learning Goal 3:

Whitman MSEs will be able to explain the unique nature of entrepreneurship.

  • MSEs will be able to discover and evaluate business opportunities.
  • MSEs will be able to apply entrepreneurial thinking when acting within different facets and functional areas of business.
  • MSEs will be able to apply creativity and innovation processes to solve business problems.
  • MSEs will be able to recognize and assess risks associated with innovative actions as well as generate approaches for mitigating and managing risks.

Learning Goal 4:

Whitman MSEs will be able to explain the entrepreneurial process.

  • MSEs will be able to apply principles of entrepreneurial marketing.
  • MSEs will be able to construct bootstrap financing options.
  • MSEs will be able to articulate processes for acquiring venture capital.
  • MSEs will be able to develop a comprehensive business plan.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements.

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