Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Overview
The Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIE) provides extensive academic and practical experiences for those looking to accelerate their careers as entrepreneurs (innovating to form new companies) or intrapreneurs (innovating within existing companies). The program provides a deep dive into all aspects of the entrepreneurship process, including how to identify new venture opportunities, develop ideas through lean startup methodology, prepare a business plan, assemble a team, raise funds, and launch a new business. It is also rich in experiential learning opportunities within the UCI entrepreneurial ecosystem. Now available in either a 9-month or two-year format, the MIE is the only program of its kind in the UC System.
A MIE degree prepares you for the entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial career path of your choice:
- Founding a company – starting a business from the ground up
- Innovating the business - grow or scale a family business
- Marketing & product development - drive growth in a marketing or communications role
- Managing projects & teams - lead teams as a project or product manager.
MIE Career Pathways
The MIE program provides extensive academic and practical experiences for those looking to accelerate their careers as entrepreneurs (innovating to form new companies) or intrapreneurs (innovating within existing companies). With four Career Pathways, students can design their own path based on their interests and career aspirations.Learn More About Our Pathways
The MIE curriculum has been carefully crafted to first build a foundation through focused coursework, providing opportunities for application of those foundational principles and tools before students focus on the execution of the ideas and plans developed throughout the program.Learn More about Academics
Business Creation Capstone Experience
Business Creation is a unique, capstone experience that takes students on a journey from vetting ideas for a new venture to having a polished pitch for investors. The program includes dedicated workshops, practice / live presentations, and extensive feedback from expert mentors and coaches.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS CREATION CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
The Merage School ExperienceThis was an amazing opportunity to work with the local businesses and help them make wise investment forecasts. It allowed me to apply the knowledge and skills I gained from school in a real-life business setting.Sally Chou, MIE '23
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