UF’s Online Entrepreneurship Master’s Program (MSE) provides a rigorous immersion into the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. Core content and a focus on mastering entrepreneurial competencies are coupled with a commitment to experiential learning. The program is targeted to students with a passion for entrepreneurship in start-up, corporate, non-profit, and public sector contexts. It consists of 36 credit hours of coursework and can be completed in two years.
We seek highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds interested in creating growth-oriented for-profit or non-profit ventures. Students with no formal business background, but with backgrounds in disciplines that may have generated an idea for a business (e.g., agriculture, architecture, engineering, fine art, pharmacy, graphic design and others) are especially encouraged to apply.
Same MSE Degree
The degree earned at the completion of the program is a full Master of Science in Entrepreneurship, and is equivalent to the on campus MSE degree offered by the University of Florida.
The MSE program strives to accomplish the following objectives:
- Enhance students' self-efficacy regarding acting entrepreneurially in new and established organizations
- Develop within students the ability to conceptualize and communicate the complex challenges inherent in the venture creation process, and employ research and analytical skills toward identifying plausible solutions to overcome such challenges
- Improve student ability to employ intuitive, imaginative thought to critically evaluate ideas, processes, experiences, and outcomes associated with new venture creation
- Enhance student competencies in the areas of opportunity recognition, risk management, resource leveraging, and business planning
- Develop within students a first-hand appreciation for the nature of the entrepreneurial experience itself
- Increase the appreciation among students for the need to engage in entrepreneurial behaviors that reflect high ethical standards, create ventures that contribute to societal well-being, and give back to the communities that make their ventures possible
Business Creation Requirement and Portfolio
While the program does not require a thesis, a requirement for graduation is that the student complete a business plan for an original idea (this can be a start up concept (for profit or non-profit) or a corporate innovation) and meet a number of implementation criteria. Aspects of this requirement can be fulfilled as part of a number of the courses offered within the program.
All students will also maintain an ‘entrepreneurial portfolio’, which includes a set of completed entrepreneurship related experiences and projects. Examples of portfolio items include business plans, business models, feasibility projects, consulting engagements, entrepreneurial audits, marketing inventions, technology commercialization plans, patent applications, interviews of leading entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship study abroad projects, and other experiential learning accomplishments.
Total Immersion and Support
Students in the online MSE Program will be afforded numerous learning opportunities outside of the classroom. They will be able to get involved in the UF Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition, a virtual incubator, the outreach programs of the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program (EESA), and other such initiatives. In addition, as students launch their ventures, they will have access to the UF entrepreneurial network.
The focus of the program is students creating their own ventures and jobs. As such, graduates will be prepared to start, manage, grow and exit ventures that they create alone and with partners. The skill set associated with successful venture creation can clearly add value in a wide range of professional contexts both in the public and private sector, including in established companies.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $700 per credit hour.
Course Fees: $37.65 per credit hour.
Costs are billed per term. Students are required to take 6 credits per term.
Professional Development Fee: $500
This one-time, non-refundable fee is due within two weeks of program acceptance.
Total Cost of Program: $27,055.40
(includes tuition, fees and professional development fee)
Other Estimated Costs
Books and Supplies: $1500
Computer Costs: $1500
MSE Program Director
352-273-0337 | Email (adrian.hayes-santos at warrington.ufl.edu)