Program Overview

The Ideal Student and Admissions

This 36-credit, one year degree is one of the first specialized entrepreneurship programs of its kind. Students are exposed to cutting edge entrepreneurial theory, which they apply immediately by consulting for small business, commercializing UF technology, and creating their own businesses. Admitted students can expect:

  • 3 required field experiences including startup consulting, a business launch and an immersive overseas experience
  • Frequent interaction, guidance, and mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs
  • First class faculty who are thought leaders in their fields
  • Meaningful coursework that encourages the practical application of current entrepreneurial theory
  • The opportunity to earn a marketable skillset that will enhance your ability to launch your own company, or assist in the growth of an existing enterprise
  • To gain a deeper understanding of international entrepreneurship through our global study tour
  • A student-centric program with a staff that cares deeply about the success of its students
  • Access to an exclusive Graduate Business School Career Services
  • Exposure to the thriving startup community in Gainesville

Experiential Learning

  • GatorNest

    An 8-week program whereby students work with a start-up organization to complete a project deliverable for the development of a new venture opportunity. Examples include customer analysis, competitive assessment, development of a marketing plan, financial due diligence, etc.

  • Integrated Technology Venture Program

    A year-long program bringing together business, law and engineering students onto a multi-disciplinary project team tasked with the responsibility of developing a targeted technology commercialization plan and prototype. Program partners include the Office of Technology Licensing, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the Levin College of Law.

  • Mentoring Program

    A 16-week program that aligns new students with mentors in respective areas such as small businesses, high-growth enterprises, socially-responsible companies and the investment community. Includes networking activities, panel discussions and one-on-one advisement.

  • Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program

    Seasoned entrepreneurs spend a week on campus working one-on-one with entrepreneurship students. Activities also include classroom lectures, advisement to GatorNest project teams and networking sessions. There is generally follow-up contact and correspondence by students with the entrepreneurs after the visits.

  • Entrepreneurship Speaker and Luncheon Series

    Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in intimate discussions with numerous entrepreneurs and investors from a variety of sectors and backgrounds.

  • Start-Up Hour

    Targeting a growing population of young, energetic entrepreneurs in Gainesville's innovation ecosystem, Start-Up Hour provides the perfect monthly venue for these change makers to network, share ideas, and establish partnerships.

MSE Final Project

  • The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center is deeply committed to experiential learning, or learning by doing and by observing others doing. Our unique approach centers on entrepreneurship as method, one that can be mastered by learning experientially. The ability to navigate the unpredictable and uncontrollable entrepreneurial path requires that theory have relevancy for real world contexts and that students be required to continuously practice, reflect, learn and apply.

    All students in the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSE) will build an experience portfolio while in the program, and be prepared to present that portfolio upon program completion. The portfolio will include specific experiential learning activities and projects undertaken and completed by the student. It will consist of approved experiential learning opportunities tied to:

    1. particular classes taken while in the program
    2. opportunities pursued independently of formal entrepreneurship courses
    3. CEI’s entrepreneurial programs, and
    4. most importantly, experience in venture creation

    These experiences will be selected from the MSE Program Experience Portfolio Checklist (download printer-friendly document).

Global Connections

  • Global Entrepreneurship

    Utilizing the case method and requiring students to complete a market-entry report, this course covers the intersection of entrepreneurship, international business, and global strategy.

  • The Global Entrepreneurship Study Program

    Required of all students - Designed to introduce students to global entrepreneurial perspectives and cultural differences, this week-long immersive experience in mid-October includes visits to centers of corporate innovation and business incubators, panel discussions with venture investors, entrepreneurs and small business owners, presentations by government support organizations and networking opportunities with entrepreneurship students. Past programs have been held in Dublin, Ireland and Santiago, Chile.

  • The Technion Exchange Program - Haifa, Israel

    Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Haifa, Israel as part of an exchange agreement with Technion University, Israel's premiere institute of science and technology. Students have the ability to take a variety of courses on topics of entrepreneurship, business innovation, and technology management as well as immerse themselves in Israeli culture.

  • Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa - Cape Town, South Africa

    Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) is a life-changing experience, where students help historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the townships around beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. The key requirements for EESA are a strong work ethic, emotional maturity, creative problem-solving ability and a desire to make a difference. Coached by three faculty members, American students work with South African students on consulting teams assisting small businesses over a six week period to help make the ventures sustainable. The ventures range from catering and arts & crafts businesses to community newspapers and small construction companies. EESA is a great experience to add to your résumé as well as a once in a lifetime opportunity. EESA is a partnership between the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, the University of Colorado, Texas A&M University, and the University of the Western Cape.

Social Responsibility

  • Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative

    Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative at CEI empowers students to use the skills and strategies of business leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to social, environmental, and economic problems, locally and around the world.

  • ENT 6505: Social Entrepreneurship

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the major opportunities and challenges facing social entrepreneurs and their ventures. Social entrepreneurship's rapid emergence over the past decade has coincided with the rise of information technology that has given individuals more power now than at any point in history. The social entrepreneurs question is simple: How can we use that power to make a positive, lasting contribution to society?


Parker Van Hart

MSE Program Director
352-273-0337 | Email (parker.vanhart at


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