ARCHIVED 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 26, 2021  
ARCHIVED 2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship (“ILE”)

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The Master’s Degree Program in Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship (“ILE”) provides students with the knowledge and skills to drive innovation within existing organizations or to create new ventures in accordance with their own aspirations. The ILE builds a foundation in intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial concepts and skills. Students focus on identifying, driving, and leveraging innovation for both internal and external opportunities.  This applies to social entrepreneurship (e.g., non-profit/hybrid) and for-profit enterprises, from new or small to larger organizations.

The program is delivered 100% online and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

To qualify for Regular Admission, applicants are required to:

Meet the Graduate School Admission Requirements  (candidates for the early admission Masters in Entrepreneurship program do not need to complete their undergraduate degree before admissions to the program, but they must complete their undergraduate degree as a condition for receiving their graduate degree).

Applicants to the Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship program are diverse.  To support the diverse applicant pool, we use a process which enables applicants to best present their case for admission.  In this approach, students may submit any or all of the accepted materials, including transcript (required), resume (required), essay (strongly preferred), interview (if needed to support further clarification of the applicant’s materials), GMAT/GRE/MAT scores (optional), recommendations (required for early admissions candidates) and awards.  Full details are available on the program’s web page.

The Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program Director will make a recommendation to the Graduate School regarding the type of acceptance or denial for each applicant.  The Dean of the Graduate School will make the final decision to admit the applicant and will issue a letter of acceptance (Regular or Conditional) or denial.

Applicants may qualify for Conditional Admissions status with the recommendation of the Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program Director.  Conditional Admission status allows the applicant to complete their admissions file (e.g., official transcripts, recommendation letters, and other items as needed to finialize the applicant’s file) by the end of the first semester of enrollment.  Applicants admitted by the Graduate School with Conditional Admission status are eligible to enroll in fall, spring, or summer classes in accordance with the course plan for the semester in which they entered.

 Program Description

The Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship (“ILE”) Program requires 30 semester hours:

Entrepreneurship Concentration

Students focus on launching or growing an entrepreneurial firm.

Innovation and Leadership Concentration

Students focus on identifying, driving, and leveraging innovation for internal opportunities, typically within an existing organization.  

GPA Requirements

A minimum average GPA of 3.0 must be met in all courses used to satisfy degree requirements.

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