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M.S. in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurial Engineering

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs

 

The MS in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurial Engineering is the only graduate program in the State of South Carolina that places a high premium on students with an engineering and science background, blending their technical and business skills in an entrepreneurial way.

This one-year graduate program is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Computing and the Moore School of Business. The program prepares students in STEM fields with the skills needed to assess not only if a concept is technically viable but how it would impact the corporate bottom line.  

The program teaches students about entrepreneurship and start-up practices -- with an eye toward technology development, marketplace customer discovery and commercialization.

Program Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamentals of technology prototyping, legal protection, market sizing, business plan development, and capital raise.
  • Lead entrepreneurial process including ideation, feasibility analysis, and management of organizational resources.
  • Apply corporate innovation strategies including the assessment of commercial viability and transformation into business plans.
  • Analyze the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, and entrepreneurial contexts.
  • Identify alternative career possibilities in the context of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Communicate effectively across the entire corporate enterprise and contribute in multidisciplinary teams.

Core Curriculum

The program will include an integrated curriculum, new venture creation projects and an innovation immersion module. 

Semester Course Name Credit Hours
Fall    Cases in Technology Feasibility Analysis 3
Developing and Launching New Ventures
Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Prototyping  3
Elective 3
Spring


Management of Engineering Projects
Innovation and New Venture Analysis
Business and legal issues for Science Managers
Elective
Summer Entrepreneurial Laboratory 6
Total 30 

List of suggested electives:

  1. Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Entrepreneurial Finance and the Dynamics of Emerging Ventures (3 Credit Hours)
  3. Health Economics (3 Credit Hours)
  4. Next Energy (3 Credit Hours)
  5. Marketing Management (3 Credit Hours)
  6. Topics in Mass Communication (3 Credit Hours)

MTIEE Complete Course Description [pdf]

 

Who Should Apply?

The program provides a distinctive advantage for engineering and science students having acquired both technical expertise and business acumen. You'll gain cutting-edge skills that will help qualify you for positions in the fast-growing technology companies. This combined educational experience will increase competitiveness in attaining technical, business development, consulting and leadership roles in early stage emerging ventures as well as established organizations that emphasize innovation.

Admission Criteria

Students interested in applying to the program must meet the following criteria:

  • A B.S. degree from an accredited program (or equivalent if from an international university) in science, engineering, or other technology disciplines with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • International students are required to submit qualifying TOEFL or equivalent test scores.

How to Apply?

All prospective graduate students must apply directly to the USC Graduate School. 

 

 

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