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Entrepreneurship Graduate Programs

Read about graduate entrepreneurship programs at the certificate, master's degree and doctoral levels. Find out whether online programs are available at any of these levels, and review some typical course topics covered in a graduate entrepreneurship program. Explore some of the jobs you could pursue with advanced training in this field.

What Is Involved in Entrepreneurship Graduate Programs?

Entrepreneurship graduate programs include certificate programs, as well as master's and doctoral degree programs. Master's degree programs may lead to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Entrepreneurship or a Master of Entrepreneurship (M.E.), while doctoral programs generally lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Entrepreneurship.

Earning a graduate certificate may require four courses that are heavily based on case studies. A master's degree program may last 1-2 years depending on the school, whether you study online or on campus, and whether you study part-time or full-time. The time needed to earn a doctoral degree in entrepreneurship is generally 4-5 years, and can depend on how long you take to complete your dissertation. In addition to coursework, you'll have access to networking opportunities and entrepreneurial competitions as a graduate student. Course topics may include:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Best practices
  • Statistics
  • Research methods

Degree Levels Master's and doctorate degrees; certificate programs are also available
Possible Careers Sales manager, product developer, entrepreneur, professor, business owner
Online Availability Online and hybrid programs are available on the master's level
Median Salary (2018)* $124,220 (for sales managers)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 7% growth (for sales managers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Do with My Degree?

Many graduate programs in this field focus on start-ups and business ownership. You'll learn how to recognize opportunities and mold them into revenue-generating ventures. As a graduate certificate student, you may be interested in developing your current business or starting a business to sell a product you have created. As an master's degree student, you might wish to become a sales manager, corporate innovator or product developer. If you graduate from a Ph.D. program in entrepreneurship, you may wish to continue researching or become involved in scholarship and teaching.

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

Some universities offer online certificate and master's degree programs in entrepreneurship. A graduate certificate in entrepreneurship program may take the form of 16 credits of online modules. Some hybrid master's degree programs are also offered; these programs allow you to complete most of your coursework online, but may require you to visit campus at certain intervals. As an alternative option, some on-campus master's programs are offered on weekends for working professionals. This part-time option generally takes 20 months to complete.