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M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The future vibrancy and might of Ohio’s communities and economy relies on a new breed of entrepreneurial minds — early and mid-career professionals determined to launch start-ups, lead corporate change, and solve larger societal issues using novel and hybrid business structures.

Is the Master of Science in Innovation and Entrepreneurship right for you?

Do you enjoy solving problems?

Do you see ideas all around you?

Are you comfortable being uncomfortable?

Do you want to start something and take ownership of your career path?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we designed this program for you!

An updated approach to learning

The MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an immersive experience, designed by innovators and entrepreneurs to train innovators and entrepreneurs!

You will traverse an immersive, experiential learning path focused on creativity, failure, leadership, ethics, business modeling and forecasting.

You will build mastery:

  • to recognize, develop and exploit and opportunity;
  • to identify and develop business models and assess viability and feasibility;
  • to analyze and evaluate the financial requirements of exploiting a venture opportunity;
  • to assemble human and financial resources and apply them in building and furthering your entrepreneurial or innovative idea.

Whether bringing a new product to market, delivering process change in mature and structured corporations, or disrupting an entire business ecosystem, you will need far more than persistence to overcome the world’s most pressing challenges.

Program Highlights

Led by a JCU Social Innovator-in-Residence, you will begin your journey with an immersive bootcamp then progress through courses that include failing and design thinking as well as real-time case studies.

In this program, you will develop the innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial skills you need to advance in your career and to create value in your chosen professional path.

You will hone problem-solving skills and creative confidence that will enable you to lead and inspire others.

Program Resources

John Carroll University's entrepreneurship program resources include The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship and all of its vital community assets, such as the Entrepreneurship Association and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation LaunchNET program, and The Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation as well as complimentary Centers of Excellence including the Center for Leadership Skills Development and the Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Jesuit Difference

Backed by a 500-year-old Jesuit tradition, the Boler College of Business looks to inspire students to go beyond mastering critical tools of innovation. We ask every student, regardless of faith, to gain a 360-degree view of people, markets, resources; embrace a lifelong, “eyes wide open” encounter with the world and connect business to human needs, opportunities, risks and injustices. As business forms change to match a heightened sense of purpose behind profits, the Jesuit call remains unchanged: be accountable; drive meaningful innovation; imagine a world for everyone and advocate and do the right thing.

Ideal Candidates

Anyone with a bachelor's degree seeking to launch a product, service, business or community. Some entrepreneurial leadership and/or creative experience is helpful, but not required.

  • Early career business professionals working in sales, marketing or brand management who want to gain strategic and quantitative horsepower along with broader innovation perspectives. 
  • Product managers looking to improve their organization’s idea generation, speed to prototype and market penetration. Are you working on or wanting to propose innovation within your company? Do you want to create and launch a new product, new product line or new service?
  • Executive directors and other non-profit leaders looking to solidify their social impact organizations.
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to create high-growth, category changing, technology-focused companies.
  • Recent graduates from STEM and liberal arts related degree programs who want to complement their knowledge with core creative problem-solving fundamentals. Did you start a student club, implement a new program at work or help an organization in your community experiement with new ways to reach target audiences? Maybe you had a side hustle that you ran from your dorm room! YOU might be a great candidate.

Demand for professionals with a high innovation IQ continues to grow as businesses and other organizations embrace disruption (new products, new value, new partnerships). Be prepared. Choose to lead inspired business. Choose Boler!


We would like to speak with you directly about your interest in the Boler MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. We are available to discuss the program and whether it’s a right fit for your goals and current career/life situation.

Telephone: (216) 397-1970



Boler MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship At A Glance

DELIVERY: Evenings (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur courses)

CREDITS: 30-credit hour program (39 if all foundation courses required)

TIME FRAME: May be completed in one year (summer included)

TESTING: GMAT or GRE are not required for admissions; required for certain assistantship and scholarship consideration

Fall: August 1
Spring: December  1
Assistantships: February 15
Summer: April 1


SCHOLARSHIPS: Graduate Boler Dean's Award, Magis, and Presidential Scholarships

ASSISTANTSHIPS: Limited number (tuition waiver up to 15 credit hours per year and stipend) - February 15 Application Deadline 


DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science

ACCREDITATION: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Boler College of Business holds dual AACSB accreditation (school and accounting program), placing it among only 4 percent of business schools worldwide.

Boler MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Our 30 credit hour program (39 if all Foundation Courses are required) is designed to be completed in one year, however it may be completed in two to three years. The course schedule for the MSIE program (excluding the Foundation Courses) is as follows:

Year Semester Course Name Credits
First Fall Inspired Business Forum 0
  Fall 3-Day Intensive Bootcamp 1
  Fall Creativity & Design Thinking 2
  Fall Failure As A Learning Tool 2
  Fall Innovative Thinking 2
  Fall Global Social Entrepreneurship 3
  Fall Case Study I 1
  Spring Business Ethics & Social Responsibility  3
  Spring Innovation, Planning, & Forecasting 3
  Spring Innovative Business Models 3
  Spring Elective Course 1 3
  Summer Leadership & Managerial Skills 3
  Summer Case Study II 1
  Summer Startup Experience 0
  Summer Elective Course 2 3

Students must complete two elective courses.

To view the MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship curriculum by semester please click here

Boler MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Admissions

Information about admissions into the MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program may be found on the Boler website MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Admissions.

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