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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.

The Boler College of Business and its pioneering Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation meet that need with a new Master of Science Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an immersive and project-based professional degree program serving a wide range of aspiring — business and social — entrepreneurs and innovators.

Real Skills for Success

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. Your tool kit for driving innovation within established or startup organizations will include learning to:

  • Expand your overall entrepreneurial acumen.
  • Sharpen your critical eye for recognizing viable ideas and approaches.
  • Communicate new venture concepts to investors.
  • Apply novel business models to address unmet and underserved market needs.
  • Reimagine internal processes to unleash smarter solutions.
  • Manage the financial side of the innovation equation.
  • See change through an ethical and social responsibility perspective.

Program Highlights

The project focus of Boler’s MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship begins on day one, with a Boot Camp. Students, with the help of faculty and entrepreneurs-in-residence, use the two-day Boot Camp to identify and begin working on an entrepreneurial/innovative project. Projects may include a startup idea, an entrepreneurial project within an organization or desired industry, or a social innovation. Students will continue to work on this project through the rest of the one-year curriculum.

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. The program also offers an undergraduate entrepreneurship minor. Complimentary Centers of Excellence include 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.

Right for You?

The Boler MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship attracts recent graduates looking to fortify their undergraduate credentials as well as early-to-mid career working professionals seeking greater responsibility and a leadership role.

Demand for professionals with a high innovation IQ continues to grow as businesses and other organizations embrace disruption (new products, new value, new partnerships). The MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship can accelerate:

  • 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.
  • 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 backgrounds who want to complement their domain knowledge with core creative problem-solving fundamentals.

Admissions Concierge

We would like to speak with you directly about your interest in the MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Kristopher Tibbs (MBA) Assistant Dean for Graduate Business Programs is available to discuss the program and whether it’s a right fit for your goals and current career/life situation.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

JCU’s Boler College of Business offers various merit-based aid (fellowships, scholarships, and graduate assistantships) to students pursuing graduate degrees. Except for the graduate assistantships (apply by Feb. 15), there are no additional forms to apply for merit-based aid other than a completed application for admission. All prospective students are considered for fellowships, scholarships, and graduate assistantships based on merit, with preference given to earlier applicants.


Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis, which means we fill our class and award financial assistance as applications are received. While there’s no formal application deadline, the following dates are recommended as the program admission decision is made on a competitive basis: Fall: August 1 Spring: December 1 Assistantships: February 15 Fellowships: March 1 Summer: April 1 A complete application package must be submitted no later than 30 days before the start of the academic term.

Admission Requirements
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.80
  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all college or universities attended
  • Personal goals statement — an essay titled, “Graduate business education and innovation: Enabling me to achieve my personal goals and become a leader”
  • Current resume
  • A letter of recommendation commenting on innovative potential, academic achievements, managerial capabilities, and potential in a graduate business program
  • Official GMAT (no code required) or GRE (code 1342) scores Boler College of Business
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