Online Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are creative thinkers with the passion and drive to push their ideas beyond existing boundaries. Successful entrepreneurs use all the tools and knowledge at their disposal to bring those ideas to life.

Entrepreneurship@Syracuse, the online Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, prepares current and aspiring entrepreneurs with the business foundation and networking opportunities to start a new venture, effectively manage a company, or innovate within an organization.

Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship?

Running and growing a business requires more than a great idea. To thrive in a competitive landscape, aspiring entrepreneurs need a comprehensive understanding of the many factors that influence the success of a company or idea. An M.S. in Entrepreneurship from Whitman will give professionals a working knowledge of finance, marketing, strategy, and idea viability.

“Entrepreneurship, at its core, is about creating value through new ideas. The course curriculum focuses on identifying, analyzing, and executing on ideas—all skills that are needed for my current role and for helping to drive my firm forward.”

Nancy Girondo, Entrepreneurship@Syracuse Student
VP of Equity Product Management at OppenheimerFunds

M.S. in Entrepreneurship Curriculum

The online M.S. in Entrepreneurship program provides students with the knowledge, confidence, and practical experience to navigate their own paths to entrepreneurial success. Students can complete the program in as few as 15 months.

The 30-credit curriculum comprises strategically selected courses that focus on the skills that all entrepreneurs need, culminating in a capstone in which students build a new venture business plan from the ground up.


credits of business foundation courses


credits of entrepreneurship core courses


credits for the capstone course

Learning Outcomes

Students will graduate prepared to effectively manage organizational resources, including financial capital, human capital, technology resources, and processes; gather and analyze data to understand business challenges; generate innovative solutions to new and existing business problems; evaluate business opportunities and apply approaches for mitigating and managing risks; and construct bootstrap financing options and articulate processes for acquiring venture capital.

Students will graduate prepared to:

  • effectively manage organizational resources, including financial capital, human capital, technology resources, and processes;
  • gather and analyze data to understand business challenges;
  • generate innovative solutions to new and existing business problems;
  • evaluate business opportunities and apply approaches for mitigating and managing risks; and
  • construct bootstrap financing options and articulate processes for acquiring venture capital.

Earn Two Master’s Degrees from Syracuse for Fewer Credits

Now, students seeking specialized business expertise in multiple areas can earn two master’s degrees from the Whitman School or other schools at Syracuse University for fewer credits. Earning an additional degree allows students to develop more versatile skill sets that will expand their career opportunities.

Eligible students must meet the core requirements of the M.S. in Entrepreneurship and plan the rest of their coursework to take advantage of shared courses. At Whitman, students can pursue one of the following degree combinations:

M.S. in Entrepreneurship (30 credits) and MBA (54 credits) for as few as 69 credit
M.S. in Entrepreneurship (30 credits) and M.S. in Business Analytics (36 credits) for as few as 54 credits
M.S. in Entrepreneurship (30 credits) and M.S. in Professional Accounting (30–48 credits) for as few as 51–69 credits

Get Started

If you are ready to start turning your innovative ideas into business success, request more information about Entrepreneurship@Syracuse today.

Entrepreneurship Admissions

Syracuse offers start dates for the entrepreneurship program four times per year. Applicants who apply by the priority deadlines will pay a reduced fee of $45, receive an admissions decision sooner, and have more time to plan for the future. Applications are now being accepted for the July 2020 cohort.

Early Priority Deadline:
March 19, 2020

Priority Deadline:
April 9, 2020

Final Deadline:
May 7, 2020

Application Requirements

To apply to the program, candidates must submit an online application, personal essay, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, resume or CV, and GMAT or GRE scores. A viable business proposal is also required for admission.

GMAT Waivers Available

Applicants with more than five years of professional work experience are eligible for a GMAT waiver when applying to Entrepreneurship@Syracuse.

Business Proposal

In addition to writing a personal essay, Entrepreneurship@Syracuse applicants are asked to provide a one-page description of a business idea, focusing on a business concept. A business concept is a concise description of an opportunity that contains four elements:

  • The product or service: What are its critical features?
  • The customer definition: What is the target market, including demographics and geography?
  • The value proposition: What value does the product or service provide to the customer?
  • The distribution channel: How will the product or service be marketed and distributed?

Start Your Application Today

If you’re ready to start gaining the business expertise and professional network to bring your ideas to life, begin your application now.

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Whitman: A Leader in Entrepreneurship Education

The Whitman School’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) provides students with the tools and business perspective to bring out their creative potential.

Whitman is also home to the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, a hub of resources, community initiatives, and professional opportunities to spark creativity for Syracuse’s online and on-campus students. One opportunity is the annual Panasci Business Plan Competition, in which students submit a business plan to compete for seed funding for a business or idea.

Entrepreneurship Accolades for Whitman School

The EEE department has received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Named the USASBE Model Program for 2018, the EEE department was recognized for its comprehensive, bold educational programs that train future generations of entrepreneurs.

In 2017, the Whitman School was recognized in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International’s Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge for their commitment to creating business innovation and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders. Whitman is one of only 35 schools in the world to earn this distinction.

Online Entrepreneurship Faculty

Many of the expert faculty for the online entrepreneurship master’s program have started businesses, held strategic leadership roles, and introduced innovation within larger organizations. Meet some of the professors who teach for Entrepreneurship@Syracuse.

John Torrens

Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice

An entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies and bought and sold small businesses, Professor Torrens is deeply involved in entrepreneurship at Whitman, particularly for the institute for Veterans and Military Families.

Teaches: Global Entrepreneurial Management

Elizabeth Wimer

Adjunct Instructor

Professor Wimer brings her practical experience in entrepreneurship, management, strategic communication, and marketing to the online classroom and has also served as marketing director for several entrepreneurial companies.

Teaches: Strategic Management

Kenneth Walsleben

Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice

A Syracuse alumnus, Professor Walsleben has launched many startups and has been twice awarded the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) department chair citation for entrepreneurial excellence. In 2018 he received the prestigious Meredith Teaching Recognition Award.

Teaches: Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Career Services and Networking for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship@Syracuse students gain access to career services and networking opportunities that can prepare them to successfully manage a business or innovate within a corporate environment. These resources include:

Career Coaching and Resources

Our career staff provides one-on-one coaching, resume review, and interview preparation. Students also have 24/7 access to a self-directed career-development course.

Global Networking Opportunities

Students and alumni have opportunities to connect with Syracuse’s worldwide network of students, faculty, and alumni for career assistance and mentoring.

WeWork Membership

Online students will receive a Global Access membership to WeWork, a global community of workspaces, so they can have dedicated space to focus, hold study groups, use WeWork amenities, and attend networking events.

A Collaborative Online Experience

Blending live online classes and self-paced interactive coursework, Entrepreneurship@Syracuse enables students to learn essential skills and make invaluable connections without putting their creative endeavors on hold.

Interactive Virtual Campus

In small, face-to-face classes, students engage in thoughtful discussions of issues that affect entrepreneurs in all industries. The online classroom also enables students to form breakout sessions to work on group projects together.

Class discussions are informed by weekly interactive assignments, which students can complete at any time, from any device.

Connections with Students and Faculty

Having the right connections is critical to the success of an entrepreneur. Whitman faculty members are not only academic scholars, but also business owners, consultants, and members of professional organizations.

Students will expand their network with entrepreneurial classmates as well as MBA students, who bring diverse perspectives to the online classroom.

Ready to Get Started?

Start building the skills and professional network you need to bring your ideas to life. Get in touch with us today.