Program Overview

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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 businesses, 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 Silicon Valley 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 entrepreneurial ecosystems through our Silicon Valley program
  • A student-centric program with a staff that cares deeply about the success of its students
  • Access to Business Career Services
  • Exposure to the thriving startup community in Gainesville

Experiential Learning

  • GatorNest (required)

    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.

  • Mentoring Program

    A program that aligns students with mentors in respective areas such as small businesses, high-growth enterprises, socially-responsible companies and the investment community.

  • 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. The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’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

  • International 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 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 the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center 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?

  • ENT 6930: Innovation & Sustainability

    This course examines the number of unsustainable paths that society has taken including rising costs of healthcare, poverty, environmental degradation and ecosystem decline, pollution, migration and urbanization, inefficient transportation, and paradigm shifts in education. The focus in the course will be examining these unsustainable paths as opportunities and responsibilities for future business leaders. Students will work on their own social venture or with a community venture partner as a hands-on component in the course.


Parker Van Hart

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


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