MBA in Entrepreneurship

An Entrepreneurial Heart We understand entrepreneurs. We launched our entrepreneurship programs almost 60 years ago and we know what talents and expertise it takes to increase your chance for success. If you are ready to develop the skills and confidence you need, our MBA in Entrepreneurship is for you.

"For someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, it takes more than just having the ideas. You need the backing, you need the connections, and you need funding in many instances. But more than that, you need a support system along with your education, and you can find that at D’Amore-McKim School of Business."
JAKE JOHNSON, MBA'15
Product Manager, LogMeIn

For Entrepreneurs Who Want To Think Bigger and Act Bolder

You want to push the innovative boundaries within your current organization. Or, you want to start a venture of your own. No matter where you are, your drive and ambition belong in one place: The Full-Time MBA career track in Entrepreneurship at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Here, you will develop insight and expertise in a place where the entrepreneurial community is thriving. In fact, there are 15 organizations on campus dedicated to helping students, faculty, staff, and alumni foster innovation and entrepreneurship—from assistance with financial resources to developing business plans to networking with Boston’s entrepreneurial community.

We maintain a vibrant focus on entrepreneurship and innovation inside and outside of the classroom.

As you learn how to start a new business or gain the skills to manage and lead a new business area within an existing organization, you will be surrounded by a community of progressive thinking.

If you are interested in starting your own venture, you will be connected with IDEA, Northeastern’s unique student-led venture accelerator, where you will gain experience developing a business. IDEA has helped numerous businesses grow from core concept to launch. In this unique organization you will work with mentors and coaches across the entire start-up phase as well as gain access to financial support and in-kind resources like marketing and accounting from corporate partners.

If you are looking to foster innovation within your current business, we will connect you with like-minded peers and professionals who appreciate the benefits of working at a large institution, but want to lead their organizations into a new area of development. From product and service development to financing, go-to-market strategies to loan development and managing high-performance teams, this specialized program teaches you to magnify your value to your company and advance your career.

It all begins with your classroom experience, providing powerful insight from guest entrepreneurs and seasoned faculty who fully understand the start-up process. You will learn how to generate ideas, overcome legal issues, attract the right talent, and launch companies. Then, you put that knowledge to work and expand your network of contacts through a six-month paid corporate residency with a leading entrepreneurial organization. All together, you will gain a powerful new level of confidence and knowledge, fueling your creative mind as you take on challenges and opportunities that have untapped potential.


Program Details

To earn an Entrepreneurship MBA, students must complete the MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, global projects course, and 15 additional credit hours of track-specific coursework.

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Required Entrepreneurship MBA Courses Details

Business Planning for New Ventures

Gives students the opportunity to build a complete business plan for new high-potential ventures. Covers all aspects of the planning process, from the point of view of both the prospective entrepreneur and the potential investor. Explores the demands of the entrepreneurial career through reading, self-assessment exercises, and group projects. Guest speakers from startup companies, law firms, and venture capital firms provide a window on current experiences in the small-business world. Recommended for prospective entrepreneurs as well as others who may become involved with new ventures.

3 credits

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Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

Elective Entrepreneurship MBA Courses Details

Social Enterprise

Designed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to entrepreneurship in the social sector, a rapidly growing segment of the global economy. Uses the case method to expose students to leading entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented business models to solve social problems such as extreme poverty, disease, illiteracy, and economic and social dislocation. Focuses on uniquely creative and driven people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of others through values-based entrepreneurship.

3 credits

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Business Model Design & Innovation

Introduces major topics in the modern understanding of business models: their essence and role in securing competitive advantage, key components and design of business models, business model change and innovation, technology commercialization through sustaining business models, financial representation of a business model, and validation of developed business models.

3 credits

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Financing Ventures from Early State to Exit

Introduces students to the financing process for ventures from early stage to exit. Exposes students to various financing options, which may include crowdsourcing, the American JOBS Act, and foreign-sourced capital, as well as different types of debt and equity financing. Offers students an opportunity to learn about analyzing financial aspects of term sheets, including valuation methodologies and other financing documents.

3 credits

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Family Business Leadership & Governance

Explores the unique challenges and strengths of family firms. Uses a learning framework with particular emphasis upon the insights and lessons learned by successful family business leaders. Offers students an opportunity to heighten their awareness of themselves concerning their roles in the family firm and their future career plans, as well as to develop key leadership skills associated with strategic planning and implantation within family enterprises. Explores particular functional issues unique to family firms in the areas of marketing, finance, control and human resource management, as well as family and business governance.

3 credits

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Intellectual Property and Other Legal Aspects of Business and Innovation

Introduces the major areas of the legal environment for innovation and new ventures and their relationship to early stage decisions and product and business development. Analyzes the nature, practical impact, and competitive usefulness of laws in the areas of intellectual property, contracts, employment, e-commerce, regulatory compliance, and entity formation. Offers students an opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding of legal, financial, business, technology, and ethical factors; sharpen their analytic skills; and use their skills and understanding to recognize opportunities for adding value and managing risk.

3 credits

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Corporate Entrepreneurship through Global Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances

Offers students an opportunity to analyze whether, why, and how multibusiness corporations expand their operations into new business areas by questioning decisions to grow globally through mechanisms such as acquisitions or alliances. Uses rigorous case-based discussions, expert readings, and major current events to discuss issues related to the choice of make, buy, or partner. Offers students an opportunity to evaluate how these different corporate entrepreneurial strategies are used to help firms be more competitive and innovative.

3 credits

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Design Thinking for Market Driven Innovation

Uses digital mashups, iterative design, and “play” to unlock creative potential in the way products and services work for customers. Based on the principle that innovation is a discipline that is capable of being learned and being practiced and that arts-based learning and design thinking can unlock creative potential and foster an environment that encourages innovation. A team-based group project applies the principles of iterative design introduced in this course.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity

Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged buyout firms) but in less detail. Introduces students to valuation aspects in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms; valuation in staged financing; etc. Case-work emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Also covers many issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure of the venture capital/private equity industry, venture capital term sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments.

3 credits

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Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

Covers the role emerging technologies play in innovation for new ventures and established corporations. Includes a mix of theory and practical knowledge. Topics covered include technology disruption, diffusion, life cycles, and research-and-development strategy. Explores, in detail, the technical and market opportunities for current and emerging technologies across a broad spectrum of industries.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Marketing & Selling

Examines the specific situation of entrepreneurial marketing. Topics include how to perform a market analysis when there are limited resources and tight schedules to be met. Also addresses new market situations, opportunity assessment, customer segmentation, going to market, and writing a marketing plan.

3 credits

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Managing a Tech-Based Business

Covers topics specific to managing a business or a strategic business unit within a firm. Considers the special issues related to technology-based firms. Topics include creating a culture, operations planning, staffing for technical excellence, dealing with technology vendors, dealing with advisers, supply chain management, and writing operations plans.

3 credits

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The Technical Entrepreneur as Leader

Focuses on the personal skills an entrepreneur needs to lead and persuade others. Students read about and complete exercises on leadership and selling ideas. In addition, students meet members of the entrepreneurship community in New England. Stresses communications skills, both written and oral, along with self-discovery of leadership style.

3 credits

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Is the MBA in Entrepreneurship Right for You?

If you see yourself emerging as a truly different person, the answer is yes. If you imagine a future where you can have a meaningful, relevant impact on the world of business, the answer is yes. If you’re ready to join people who think like you, now is the time to accelerate your career with our Full-Time MBA program.

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