Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI) program offers students with business, technical, or other non-business degrees a comprehensive graduate education that prepares them to launch entrepreneurial ventures or new business ventures in large organizations.  The 30-unit program will provide coursework and experiential learning activities and expose students to the key concepts of entrepreneurship and innovation including creativity, and ideation, evaluation and screening of business concepts, commercialization and technology transfer processes, business model formulation, startup models and the entrepreneurial process, team formation, intellectual property, marshaling resources, planning techniques and launch strategies.

Admission to the Program

Suitability for admission to the program will be based on an examination of the entire application package. In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with required minimum GPA of 2.75 calculated using the entire degree or the last 90 quarter (60 semester) units, which may include post baccalaureate work. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  2. Personal Statement:  A statement that provides insight on the student's motivation to join the program, how the student plans on using the degree to further his/her professional goals, and the personal qualifications that will contribute to successful completion of the program.  This can be submitted in one of two possible formats: (a) a written statement of no more than 500 words; or (b) a short video, not more than 2 minutes in length.
  3. English Proficiency for International Students:  All international applicants who have not completed three years of full-time study at the secondary or post-secondary level where English was the language of instruction must also achieve an acceptable score, as determined by the MSEI committee, ratified by the College Curriculum Committee, and in alignment with the Office of Graduate Studies requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the IELTS exam or complete CSUSB's ESL program. The current minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550/PBT, 213/CBT, 79-80/IBT taken within the past two years; IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the past two years; or complete level 6 of CSUSB's Intensive English Program;
  4. Resume: Submission of a current resume;
  5. Letters of Recommendation: One (1) letter of recommendation is required that attests to the applicant's intellectual and professional aptitude;
  6. Interview: Each applicant will be required to participate in a brief interview with the MSEI program director and/or faculty. 

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing.
  2. Successfully completed the MSEI Boot Camps.
  3. Successfully completed 12 units with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the program;
  4. Completed an approved MSEI program plan in consultation with the designated faculty advisor of the MSEI program;
  5. Secured approval of the Graduate director in charge of the MSEI program.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 30 semester units of acceptable graduate level work included in the formal program, with no less than 21 units completed in residence at this University and with at least 21 units gained from 5000- and 6000-level courses approved by the program;
  2. Advancement to candidacy for the degree and approval of the specific program of courses;
  3. A cumulative grade point average of "B" (3.0) or better in all graduate course work fulfilling the requirements of the program, and a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each course in the program;
  4. Completion and defense of an internship and project, or a thesis;
  5. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the project or thesis, if not met earlier;
  6. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.

Department Graduate Admissions Committee and Major Advisor

The Environmental Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee consists of the graduate program coordinator and two or more faculty members available for consultation. This committee will determine whether students are adequately prepared for graduate study in environmental sciences, and has general supervision over the work of students progressing toward the master's degree.

Each new graduate student will consult with the graduate program coordinator for academic advising until the student has been accepted by a major advisor.   Early in their graduate studies, students in consultation with their advisor, will select a project or thesis committee including the advisor and at least two other appropriate faculty.  When appropriate, one member of the committee may be a person from another department or another institution who has expertise in the area of proposed research.  All students are responsible for selecting their major advisor and, in turn, must be accepted by the major advisor. The student, in consultation with their committee, will develop a program of specific courses and an acceptable project research proposal based on the student's interests, abilities and preparation. The major advisor will direct the research and, where appropriate, supervise the internship. The program of courses and the project/research topic, as well as any subsequent modification of these, are subject to approval by the student's committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students enrolled in the graduate program wishing to take courses off campus and include them in the degree program must petition the Graduate Coordinator for approval, otherwise the course may not be accepted as part of the program. Extension courses at the X1000- to X9999-level are not applicable to the graduate program. Courses at the 3000- and 4000-level, other than those specified as possible electives in the program will be accepted only by written approval of the committee. Courses taken to satisfy quantitative or qualitative deficiencies cannot be applied toward a master's degree. Repeat of courses require approval of the Graduate Coordinator and will be granted only for serious and compelling reasons.

Degree Requirements (30 units)

(Program Code: ENIN)

Required Courses (21)
ADMN 6020Advanced Managerial Communications3
ENTR 5410Commercializing Entrepreneurial Innovation3
ENTR 5450Resources for the Entrepreneur3
ENTR 6210Entrepreneurship and New Ventures3
ENTR 6230Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities3
MGMT 6850Strategic Management3
TA 5141Entrepreneurial Improvisation and Creativity3
ENTR 6980Reflective Essay 0
Entrepreneurship Elective (3)
Chose one (1) from the following:3
Managing a Growing Business
Launching the Entrepreneurial Venture
Entrepreneurship in Action: Corporate, Social and Family Business Approaches
Custom Elective (3)
Chose one (1) from the following or any 6000-level course chosen from the graduate business core in consultation with the MSEI faculty advisor3
Leadership as Art and Science
Advanced Marketing Research
Culminating Experience (3)3
Total Units30

Culminating Experience (3 units)

ENTR 6961Entrepreneurial Immersion 12
ENTR 6962Entrepreneurial Immersion 21
Total Units3