Master of Entrepreneurship (ME)

Masters of Entreperunership

  

About the Master of Entrepreneurship Program

Our Master of Entrepreneurship (M.E.) program was designed by seasoned entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs using The National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education published by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. Our highly qualified faculty deliver an integrated curriculum focused on practical applications of entrepreneurial and innovative concepts and skills. Unlike many other programs, all of the courses in our program are entrepreneurship courses and not from other disciplines. Taught completely online, our program allows students to continue working while pursuing their degree.

Our entrepreneurship program has been honored by Fortune Small Business magazine as one of the five top "E-Schools".

Graduates of our M.E. Program learn to identify and evaluate existing entrepreneurial opportunities in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Graduates leave the ME Program with the entrepreneurial skills necessary to successfully plan, launch, operate and grow a new venture. Our M.E. Program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the international accrediting agency for business schools.

Students completing the Master of Entrepreneurship degree will learn how to:

  • Be innovative and creative thinkers who will recognize entrepreneurial opportunities and recognize when entrepreneurial opportunities can be created.
  • Create and establish successful entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Lead entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Develop and maintain an ethical culture within an entrepreneurial venture.
  • Communicate effectively with the internal constituencies of an entrepreneurial venture, including officers, managers, employees, and agents.
  • Communicate effectively with the external constituencies of an entrepreneurial venture, including customers, investors, lenders, suppliers, and regulatory agencies.
  • Build and grow successful entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Maintain and harvest entrepreneurial ventures successfully.

There are three sets of courses in the M.E. program 

  1. An integrated set of classes focusing on developing an actionable business plan. An actionable business plan is one that can help you raise money and effectively run the business  

  1. A set of classes that use a business simulation to give you experience with running a start-up. The simulation is enhanced by requiring students to solicit funds and present results as they would to a venture capitalist.  

  1. A set of classes to provide tools for running a start-up, including incorporation paperwork, HR manuals and promotional materials.    

ENTREPRENEURIAL PLANNING (ENT 600) 
Introductory course that provides an overview and some of the tools necessary for new venture creation and management. Course requires the completion of case studies that deal with venture planning.

ENTREPRENEURIAL INNOVATION (ENT 601) 
Examination of invention, enhancement, originality, divergent thinking, and innovation in research, development, enhancement, and strategy in businesses and organizations.  

Course requires the completion of a creative project.

ENTREPRENEURIAL CREATION (ENT 610) 
Examination of the resources, demand, industry, and competitive forces and strategies required for successful entrepreneurial activities.  

Course requires the completion of a vision statement. 

ENTREPRENEURIAL GROWTH (ENT 630)  

Venture expansion analysis, global competitiveness, development of distinctive competencies, and growth potential, including e-commerce and international operations.  

Course requires the completion of case studies that deal with leadership issues. 

ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE (ENT 640)  

Financial forecasting to include pro forma cash flow development and the design and development of reporting systems.  

Course requires the development of pro forma financial statements necessary for a new venture launch and the demonstration of the feasibility of that venture.

ENTREPRENEURIAL MARKETING (ENT 645) 
Methods of creating and delivering a marketing plan using media and online approaches. Course requires the development of marketing plan, market analysis, collateral material and online promotions.

ADVANCED ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE (ENT 650) 
Financial statements analysis, performance and sensitivity analysis and sources and types of debt and equity financing.  

Course requires the completion of harvesting plan – go public, ESOP, merger, etc.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ENT 655) 

The culmination of three semesters of work leading to the creation of a business plan that is capable of supporting substantial financial investment.  

Course requires the completion of a business plan.

ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP (ENT 660)  

Establishing and changing organizational culture, communications and leadership style, vision change and inculcation.  

Course requires the completion of a research paper which develops a personal philosophy of entrepreneurial leadership

ENTREPRENEURIAL STRATEGY (ENT 670)  

Strategic leadership, deliberate strategy, environmental scanning, competitive assessment, entrepreneurial vision and communication.  

Course requires the completion case studies in strategic planning. 

Fall Admits 

Five Semesters 

Fall 1 

Spring 1 

Summer 1 

Fall 2 

Spring 2 

1st 8 week session 

ENT 600 

ENT 601 

ENT 640 

ENT 650 

ENT 670 

2nd 8 week session 

ENT 630 

ENT 610 

ENT 645 

ENT 660 

ENT 655 

 

Spring Admits 

Five Semesters: 

Spring 1 

Summer 1 

Fall 1 

Spring 2 

Fall 2 

1st 8 week session

ENT 601

ENT 640

ENT 650

ENT 670

ENT 600

2nd 8 week session

ENT 610

ENT 645

ENT 660

ENT 655

ENT 630

 

Summer Admits* 

Six Semesters: 

Summer 1 

Fall 1 

Spring 1 

Summer 2 

Fall 2 

Spring 2 

1st 8 week session 

N/A 

ENT 600 

ENT 601 

ENT 640 

ENT 650 

ENT 670 

2nd 8 week session 

ENT 645 

ENT 630 

ENT 610 

N/A 

ENT 660 

ENT 655 

*Summer admits will begin their enrollment with ENT 645 (2nd 8 Week Session, which runs from late June-mid August). In their second year students who are admitted in any given summer will take ENT 640 during the 1st 8 Week Session (mid-May to early July).

 

GRADUATION 
All graduates are invited to attend the graduation ceremonies on our beautiful campus in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. Those who come will have the opportunity to meet other members of the graduating class and faculty who may also be participating in the celebration.  

MISSION

The mission of the Master of Entrepreneurship degree is to inculcate entrepreneurial vision and entrepreneurial will in our graduates. The first part of our mission requires that we develop in our graduates the skills to identify entrepreneurial opportunities that exist: those opportunities that represent untapped markets and under-served markets; and those opportunities that can be created by applying existing technologies to new fields and new markets. Of equal importance is the requirement to develop the skills to create entrepreneurial opportunities: the invention, development, and exploitation of entirely new ideas, products, and services; and the creation of new industries, infrastructures, and ways of doing business.

The second part of our mission requires that we develop the self-confidence in our graduates that is required to actually establish and grow entrepreneurial ventures. Self-confidence comes from the mastery of entrepreneurial skills necessary to start a venture, establish it successfully in a competitive marketplace, to grow the venture effectively, to develop value in the venture, and, ultimately to harvest it.

Our mission encompasses all types of entrepreneurial ventures: not for profit and government venues; and for profit business ventures.  

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the Masters of Entrepreneurship program are diverse. To support the diverse applicant pool, we use a scoring approach that enables prospective students to best present their case for admission. In this approach, students may submit any or all of the optional materials. Each will be scored and a total score was given. That score will be the primary driver of the decision of admission. 

Required Items:  

  • Transcript  
  • Resume

Preferred Items:  

  • Essay, addressing topics such as the rationale for entering the program, how you will the meet the challenges of graduate-level academic study, your passion to persist throughout the program until graduation, goals, and aspirations after earning the degree.
  • Letters of Recommendation

Additional Optional Items:

  • Interview with the program director or another faculty member
  • GRE, GMAT, MAT
  • Awards

Application Deadline:  

  • For Fall Admission - End of the second week in August 
  • For Spring Admission - January 1 

Course Offerings: Entirely online

TUITION

The estimated cost* of the M.E. program starting in Fall 2016 is:  

In-state: $8,592.90 + books
Out-of-state: $25,220.70 + books
Military benefits: $7,500 + books

*Based on 2016-2017 academic year rates. Rates are subject to change on an annual basis.
View the most up-to-date tuition and fee rates by visiting our tuition page, selecting distance tuition, and viewing the graduate business line.

  

M.E. Faculty
Vicki Fisher Administrative Support Associate
Kelly McIntyre Graduate Business Programs Manager
Robert Carton Ph.D.; Associate Professor of  Entrepreneurship
Robert Lahm Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Graduate Program Director
Frank Lockwood Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

  

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