College of Business > Academics > Department of Management & Entrepreneurship > Graduate Programs > Entrepreneurship (MS)
Our nationally ranked Entrepreneurship MS program will prepare you for the challenges of turning opportunities into thriving businesses in our ever-changing world. With a master’s in Entrepreneurship from DePaul, you’ll learn how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, innovate new products and services, and cultivate the resources to build and grow a business.
Our redesigned curriculum emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset and innovative thinking. You’ll take all of your classes as a cohort (fellow entrepreneurship program students with a wide range of backgrounds) as you learn and solve problems together, building lifelong relationships. With fewer credit hours required than before, you’ll be able to complete your master’s in Entrepreneurship in 15 months.
You’ll participate in two in-person or online residencies designed to foster strong connections between you and your cohort members, professors, entrepreneurs, investors and other business leaders.
Revamped to fit the needs of business professionals and reflect today’s business landscape, you’ll take online classes that follow an asynchronous format, providing you the flexibility and convenience to fit your schedule.
Students will be admitted for fall quarter only.
You’ll learn by doing. Students have access to a multitude of resources and programs offered by the
Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.
Coleman Entrepreneurship Center provides direct access to internship opportunities at startups and entrepreneurial companies.
Every year the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center awards tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to DePaul students and alumni who pitch their business ideas in the competitions that the center hosts, such as
Innovation Expo and
Chicago is a hub for startups and of entrepreneurship in the Midwest. You’ll work adjacent to the world-class incubators, accelerators and programs that operate out of 1871, mHub and 2112—some of the nation’s largest entrepreneurial spaces. Here, you’ll take advantage of a highly competitive network and collaborate with industry innovators.
Submit an online application, essay, résumé and official transcripts.
You’ll take 11 courses and complete two in-person or online residencies.
They inspire others to work with them.
You will learn about core management and leadership skills that can be applied in any business context:
MGT 500Managing for Effective and Ethical Organizational Behavior
MGT 530Leadership in Organizations
MGT 563Negotiation Skills
They build new companies, products and ideas.
You will learn about coming up with creative ideas, using the tools of design thinking, and the process of building a company:
MGT 570Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management
GSB 525Business Innovation and Design
MGT 590Management of Innovation and Technological Change
They need to understand the basis of financial success and how to raise funding.
You will learn to understand the legal contexts where all of this takes place:
MGT 569Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
ACC 500Financial Accounting
MGT 571Financing New Ventures
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Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship Maija Renko is passionate about helping her students become socially responsible leaders. Renko teaches entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship courses; she focuses her research on the early stages of business development, factors contributing to successful business startups, and the role of entrepreneurship in bringing about social change. Renko also serves as director of research for DePaul’s Women in Entrepreneurship Institute.
You’ll have the option of attending an in-person residency to welcome and orient you to the program, and another one to celebrate the conclusion of your program. During the residencies you will participate in an assessment related to your leadership capabilities and entrepreneurial goals. You will connect with representatives from the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) as well as organizations that partner with CEC, such as DePaul Maker Labs, Women in Entrepreneurship Institute, and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.
“The MS in Entrepreneurship program teaches you valuable insights about running an entrepreneurial venture. The program made me knowledgeable in all aspects of a business, ranging from the importance of innovative organization culture to the need for businesses to be socially conscious.”
You’ll benefit from extensive networking opportunities with DePaul’s strong alumni network, including nearly 70,000 business alumni. Connect with fellow entrepreneurship grads, who have collectively started more than 100 companies.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at
(312) 362-8810 or
We’ll send you the full online viewbook with information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.