MBA@Syracuse, the online MBA program from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, gives students the flexibility to earn an MBA from a top-ranked program while maintaining their other commitments. The online MBA program has been ranked in the top 25 by The Princeton Review1 and the top 40 by U.S. News & World Report,2 both in 2019.
Why Specialize Your Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship?
In the online MBA Entrepreneurship specialization, students gain a business background with expertise in corporate innovation and new product development. The program prepares students to innovate and lead within a startup, nonprofit, family business, or established organization.
Online Entrepreneurship Curriculum
All MBA students will take 36 credits of core coursework, which includes the Global Entrepreneurial Management course.
To fulfill the Entrepreneurship specialization, students take three elective courses. They must take Foundations of Entrepreneurship and choose two other courses from the following:
Managing New Product Development
The online business master’s degree program with an Entrepreneurship specialization can be completed in as few as 24 months.
Entrepreneurship Learning Outcomes
After completing the Entrepreneurship specialization courses, students will develop:
skills in recognizing opportunities and generating innovative, creative ideas
methods of conducting feasibility analyses for new products or businesses
expertise in developing sustainable business models for profit and the common good
command of entrepreneurial management of a business for innovation and growth
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Ready to help grow your new venture or established business? Request information today to see how MBA@Syracuse can help you reach your career goals.
The Whitman School is a leader in entrepreneurial education. Whitman’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award in 2018 from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Named the USASBE Model Program, the EEE department was recognized for providing comprehensive, bold educational programs that train future entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial Resources for Students
Whitman’s Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship is a centralized location designed to stimulate creativity and entrepreneurial endeavors. Online students are welcome to utilize these resources.
One of these resources is the Panasci Business Plan Competition, an annual schoolwide competition in which contenders submit a business plan to compete for startup funding for a business or idea.
Curriculum: Provides a well-rounded business background with a focus on funding acquisition, commercial innovation, and product development
Career path: Applies to business owners but is also focused on helping professionals become more creative leaders in a corporate or nonprofit setting
Time to complete: As few as 24 months
Master of Science in Entrepreneurship
Curriculum: Comprises strategically selected courses that focus on the skills that entrepreneurs need, including finance, marketing, strategy, and idea viability
Career path: Designed for current and soon-to-be business owners, especially of startups, who want to build and grow a venture
Time to complete: As few as 15 months
Featured Whitman Faculty
Whitman faculty members share their professional and academic experience to prepare business leaders across a range of fields. Meet some of our faculty members who teach in the Entrepreneurship specialization.
Professor McKelvie has taught an array of courses dealing with aspects of entrepreneurship, including strategic planning, growth, family business, and corporate entrepreneurship. He has worked with many startups, and his scholarly research is on how and why firms grow as well as how entrepreneurs make decisions about opportunities.
Chair of the EEE Department, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Full-Time Master’s Education
Professor Walsleben is an alumnus of Syracuse University and has launched a number of startups throughout his career. He has been twice awarded the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) Department Chair citation for entrepreneurial excellence and, in 2018, was recognized with the prestigious Meredith Teaching Recognition Award.
Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice
See what Professor McKelvie has to say about the Entrepreneurship specialization.
Online and In-Person Learning
Syracuse’s online MBA program merges live online classes, interactive coursework, and in-person learning to help students acquire new skills and business acumen. Students complete weekly multimedia assignments, which are the basis of classroom discussions on trends and innovation in the workplace.
MBA students also attend three in-person residencies, which are structured like business conferences. At these immersive events, students network with fellow classmates and professors in major cities around the world.
Recent residency topics have included social entrepreneurship as well as accounting for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Through Syracuse’s Career Services, students are able to take advantage of one-on-one career coaching, interview preparation, and resume review. Our team of experts is committed to preparing students to reach their professional goals.
"The education I received from MBA@Syracuse will help me grow my small business and allow me to teach additional courses at the college level. The material is very helpful as I work with small and medium organizations on strategic HR issues."
Matthew W. Burr, MBA@Syracuse Graduate Human Resources Consultant at Burr Consulting LLC, Associate Professor at Elmira College, Mediator for New York Public Employment Relations Board
Entrepreneurial Careers and Roles
At their core, entrepreneurs are people whose vision is focused on what is possible rather than what currently exists. An MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship can help aspiring entrepreneurs better understand the many factors that influence the success of a company or idea.
Below are some examples of entrepreneurial positions that can benefit from an innovation-focused business education:
Founders are the most well-known type of entrepreneur. A founder brings a business idea to life. Founders have a hand in all areas of a company, including prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, raising capital, conducting operations, and incorporating technology.
Corporate innovators are professionals who innovate within medium to large corporations, identifying new and better ways to do business. This may include finding new markets, creating more efficient best practices, and pushing innovative ideas through a product’s life cycle.
Executives at the beginning of their leadership careers can benefit from approaching their roles through an entrepreneurial lens. They can help startup companies improve efficiencies or gain greater insight into starting their own businesses in the future.
Funders work with an investment team to seek out small or new organizations with high growth potential. Also called venture capitalists, they will analyze the company’s accomplishments, goals, and business models and advise them as they develop and grow.
Take the Next Step
Ready to improve your entrepreneurial skills and make a difference for your organization? Request information about the online MBA with an Entrepreneurship specialization today.