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Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Southern California is a hotbed for entrepreneurial ventures. At the Merage School, you can take your bright ideas from ideation and conception through launch and growth, scaling a viable and profitable venture. We provide our students extensive training and resources through courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, certificate programs, access to faculty research, participation in the New Venture Competition, and exposure to our network of entrepreneurial partners within the Southern California ecosystem.

Undergraduate Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Whether your dream is to be an entrepreneur innovating to form new companies or an intrapreneur innovating within existing companies, the Undergraduate Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps you gain the knowledge and practical experience to achieve your career goals. We train you in core topics on the process of innovation and entrepreneurship such as Planning a New Venture, Lean Startup Methodology, Venture Capital, Private Equity,and more. In this program, you are strongly encouraged to apply your acquired skills in the New Venture Competition and internships.

For course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment restrictions, please visit our Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

When pursuing a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will be required to participate in the annual New Venture Competition to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test while competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. The hands-on experience and core topics, including entrepreneurship and lean startup, provide you an extra edge which can make all the difference in your success in opportunities after graduation.

Eligibility and Process

To be eligible for this certificate, you must be a UCI undergraduate student enrolled in either the Business Administration or Business Information Management major.

Requirements

1. Participation in the Merage School's New Venture Competition preferably in your final year

2. Enroll in and pass the following two courses

  • New Ventures: A Course in Entrepreneurship (113)
  • Lean Startup (190)

You are encouraged to check with the Undergraduate Programs Office on enrollment limits and criteria for each requirement. For course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment restrictions, please visit our Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Process

Once the requirements are fulfilled, complete the online application at the beginning of your final quarter before graduation. 

 

MBA Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

When pursuing an MBA Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, you will be required to participate in the annual New Venture Competition to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test while competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. The hands-on experience you will gain through the competition will give you an extra edge which can make all the difference in your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Eligibility and Process

Merage School graduate students (FTMBA, FEMBA, EMBA, HCEMBA, MSEM and MSBTM) are eligible to pursue meeting requirements for this certificate.

Requirements

1. Participation in the Merage School's New Venture Competition preferably in your final year

2. Enroll in and pass a minimum of two courses from the list of courses below

  • MBA 214 Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 213 New Venture Management
  • MBA 290 Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • MBA 290 Consulting Projects for Entrepreneurial Companies
  • MBA 294 EDGE for Managers

You are encouraged to check with your program office on enrollment limits and criteria for each requirement.

For course descriptions, prerequisites, and enrollment restrictions, please visit our Graduate Course Catalog.

Process

After completing all of the eligibility requirements, you must:

  • Complete an online application indicating the courses you have taken and the grades you received
  • Submit the application via e-mail or in person at the beginning of your final quarter before graduation.

The certificate will be awarded after successful completion of all requirements.