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Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship


The UT Dallas graduate innovation and entrepreneurship program is ranked #22 in Princeton’s Top Schools for Entrepreneurship for 2017!

The MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MS IE) degree is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management that prepares students for successful careers in innovation-related roles in established organizations, entrepreneurial finance, or in the creation of new ventures.

  • The UT Dallas graduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program is ranked #22 in Princeton Review’s Top Schools for Entrepreneurship in 2017.
  • Recognized as 2014 National Model Master’s Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).UT Dallas is one of only 22 universities to receive this award since 1990.
  • Recognized for 2014 Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurial Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation by Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).
  • Unique experienced-based courses such as Startup Launch enable students to launch companies while receiving academic credits. Students with scalable concepts can apply for up to $25k in funding to support their launch.

In today’s fast-paced business world, executives from leading companies recognize the need for employees who can evaluate opportunities and manage the process of innovation in positions such as strategic marketing, product marketing, business development, engineering, research and development (R&D), and project management.

MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship degree at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergraduate degrees is required (all majors are considered). Students who have completed any undergraduate degree are welcome to apply.

MSIE students may choose between two focus areas: 1) The New Ventures Concentration, or 2) The Innovation Within the Corporation Concentration. The program emphasizes technology-based innovation, consistent with and complementing UT Dallas’ traditional strengths in science, engineering, computer science and management disciplines. Download Graduate Programs in Innovation and Entrepreneurship brochure. Download MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship brochure.

  • Connect with the Director
  • Degree Plan
  • Key Features & Testimonials
  • Startup Launch
  • STEM & Other Dual Degrees
  • Graduate Certificates

Connect with the Director

We live in an entrepreneurial world! Innovation is the engine that drives our global economy, accounting for more than 80 percent of net new job creation.  The global “innovation economy” of the future will require all of the traditional skills, such as accounting, finance, marketing, engineering, etc.; but the most exciting opportunities will involve individuals and teams who can manage innovation to create exceptional value for their customers.

In addition to a rigorous curriculum and an exceptional classroom experience, there are multiple opportunities for students to meet, learn from, and network with leading industry professionals, including entrepreneurs, investment professionals, and executives from major technology companies. Students are encouraged to compete in the annual UT Dallas Business Idea Competition, participate in the Entrepreneurship Club’s networking events and Distinguished Speaker Series, work as an intern in support of the startup companies in UT Dallas’s Venture Development Center, and get involved in the community outreach programs of the award-winning Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

At UT Dallas, you can really “Launch Your Future”.

Madison Pedigo, MBA, CPA Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs

Degree Plan

Academic Degree Plans, Course Catalogs, and Course Information

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The MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship has specific core and elective courses that prepare students to create new ventures, or pursue successful careers as investment professionals or in innovation related roles with established organizations. Students are encouraged to review the UT Dallas Graduate Catalog for the most updated curriculum details.

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Core Courses

9 semester credit hours

Elective Courses

12 semester credit hours

2 Concentration Areas

15 semester credit hours

  • New Venture

    This concentration focuses on the processes of innovation and entrepreneurship in early stage ventures. The Startup Launch Courses or Startup Launch Track allows students to start their business while getting course credit.

  • Innovation within the Corporation

    This concentration is designed for students interested in working in innovative positions within larger companies, such as new business development or strategic marketing.

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Do you have a significant and scalable business concept?

The Startup Launch Specialty is a unique program within the framework of the MS IE degree program, for students who desire to launch their venture during or immediately after completion of the degree.

Learn more about Startup Launch

Key Features

  • Nationally recognized programs
  • Exceptional faculty with significant real world professional experience
  • Robust curriculum: experiential learning – “hands-on” experience in the UT Dallas Venture development Center
  • Internships and projects with new ventures and established technology firms
  • Internships with UT Dallas Incubator (Integrated Venture Development)
  • Frequent interaction with entrepreneurs and venture finance professionals
  • Flexible scheduling with classes in the evening; several courses offered online

Outstanding Student Programs

Student Testimonials

Lucas Rodgriguez

Lucas C. Rodriguez

PhD, Biomedical Engineering — 2016 (completed entrepreneurship electives)

  • Winner of the graduate Business Idea Competition in 2014
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Co-Founder and President, CerSci Therapeutics (a pharmaceutical research and development firm concentrating on new non-opioid analgesics for the alleviation of acute and chronic pain)

“ The startup launch course and the ENTP 6370 innovation and entrepreneurship course helped me immensely in terms of learning how to develop viable business concepts and conduct market and customer validation. Faculty mentoring also played a big role in my success in the 2014 BIC and in developing multiple startup concepts including CerSci Therapeutics. ”

Corey and Swapnil

Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora

Full-time MBA students who took entrepreneurship courses

  • Won the UT Dallas BIC in 2010
  • Their company, iLumi, recently received funding on Shark Tank.

“I&E professors like Madison Pedigo, Jackie Kimzey and Dr. Joseph Picken continued to work with us after we launched, and they were instrumental in encouraging us to apply to Shark Tank.”
Learn more about their company, Ilumi.

Nicole Mossman

Nicole Mossman

MSIE major

  • Is a participant in the MSIE Startup Launch Specialty.

“I’m very pleased with the MSIE degree program. I’m in the process of developing and launching an online business, and the program has helped me in a wide variety of ways.”


TraceIT with Mark Cuban at the 2015 BIC

Kiran Devaprasad and William White

Dual EMBA/MSIE majors

  • Winners of the 2015 UT Dallas Business Idea Competition.
  • Kiran won the Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship in 2016. (Will was a finalist).
  • Both participated in the Startup Launch Specialty courses and the IIE Venture Incubation program as part of the MSIE degree program. They have now launched their company, TraceIT, whose mission is to provide a simple and affordable mobile workforce management solution to logistics and transportation companies of all sizes.

“We are both huge proponents for the UTD MSIE program, which has been instrumental in the successful launch of TraceIT. We’ve received outstanding instruction through the MSIE program, as well as timely and highly impactful advice from multiple mentors, including Jeremy Vickers and Madison Pedigo.”

Kamiar Kordi with William Buffet

Kamiar Kordi

MS- Finance (who completed entrepreneurship electives)

  • Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipient in 2016
  • Serial Entrepreneur

“The entrepreneurial department and entrepreneurial finance courses with Madison Pedigo UTD helped me a lot! Great faculty, great resources, and many avenues for personal and professional growth!”

Startup Launch

Startup launch courses are available to students enrolled in any degree program at UT Dallas. Instructor permission is required to enroll. Students in the courses that have scalable business concepts are encouraged to apply for funding to support the validation and development of their business concept.

The MSIE Startup Launch Track offers an exciting and unique opportunity for a select group of entrepreneurs to launch their new business ventures within the framework of UT Dallas’ highly regarded Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE) degree program.

Students or student teams admitted to the Startup Launch will be provided with office and/or laboratory space in the Venture Development Center, up to $25,000 in seed capital, and ongoing support and mentoring by UT Dallas faculty and experienced entrepreneurs, while they earn the MSIE degree and receive course credit for progress toward the launch of their startup. Students will be expected to complete the program in 16-24 months (full-time or part-time) and to launch their businesses either while enrolled in the program or within six months after graduation.

Application to the program is competitive and, in addition to admission to the MSIE degree program, will require a business concept proposal, faculty interviews and the expression of a strong commitment to launch the venture.

Additional information is available below.

Dual Degree Programs and MS Degree Combinations

The versatility of the MSIE degree helps students pursue dual graduate business degrees or MS degree combinations if desired. Students wanting a STEM degree may wish to consider pairing the MS IE (non-STEM) degree with a MS STEM program to support three years of study at UT Dallas.

In general, a minimum of 55-57 credits hours are required to complete the MS IE and another MS degree program. The dual MS IE/MBA typically requires 63-66 credit hours to complete.

Example of Dual Degrees and MS Degree Combinations:

  • MSIE and MS Management Science (STEM)
  • MSIE and MS IT Management (STEM)
  • MSIE and MS Supply Chain Management (STEM)
  • MSIE and MS in Finance
  • MSIE and MS in Marketing
  • Dual MSIE and MBA

If you have specific questions on dual degree programs, we are happy to provide individual consultation upon request.

Graduate Certificates

The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) offers two graduate certificates to students wishing to complement their skills in a technical or functional discipline with the management skills necessary for leadership roles in product, service or business model innovation in a startup or an established organization. The two graduate certificates are:

  • Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation
  • Graduate Certificate in New Venture Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificates in Corporate Innovation (9 semester credit hours minimum)

The graduate certificate in corporate innovation is focused on the management of innovation within the context of an established organization. The certificate is designed for students desiring to augment their skills in a technical or functional discipline with the management skills and perspectives necessary for the successful launch of new businesses or other innovations. The certificate may be obtained by completing 9 credit hours of study as detailed below:

Graduate Certificates in New Venture Entrepreneurship (9 semester credit hours minimum)

The graduate certificate in new venture entrepreneurship is focused on the management of innovation within the context of a new venture startup. The certificate may be obtained by completing 9 credit hours of study as detailed below:

  • ENTP 6370 Entrepreneurship (required)
  • ENTP 6390 Business Model Innovation (required)
  • One additional course selected from the following list:
    • ENTP 6378 Managing the Emerging Enterprise
    • ENTP 6360 Startup Launch I or ENTP 6365 Business Concept Validation
    • ENTP 6380 Market Entry Strategies

Degree-Seeking Students

Students who want to pursue both a graduate business degree in JSOM and either a graduate certificate in Corporate Innovation or a graduate certificate in New Venture Entrepreneurship. Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at JSOM are automatically eligible for enrolling in one or both certificate programs and may begin taking required courses immediately via normal course registration procedures. Students should notify the program director regarding their desire to receive a certificate (see contact information below). As the student completes the final required course, a follow-up notification should be sent that includes the courses completed and the grades received in each course.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Students who are not seeking a graduate degree program but who want to pursue either a graduate certificate in Corporate Innovation or a graduate certificate in New Venture Entrepreneurship. Non-degree seeking students must contact the director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs in advance and provide a copy of their resume showing prior academic and professional employment and a narrative of why they are interested in pursuing a certificate. Once approved by the program director, non-degree-seeking applicants will need to complete an online application and be accepted as a non-degree-seeking student. Once admitted to UT Dallas, the student should notify the program director and may enroll in courses, provided they meet the course prerequisites, if any.

Please see the current graduate course catalog for course descriptions, course prerequisites and other information.