Entrepreneurship in Organizations MBA Track

Entrepreneurship track graduates pursue a variety of career paths including startup and emerging companies, corporate innovation and business development, entrepreneurship through small business acquisition, venture capital/private equity, consulting, and social entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is the engine of economic growth and drives change and innovation in a rapidly-changing global context.

Entrepreneurship is viewed as a mode of behavior for identifying and pursing opportunities regardless of the resources currently controlled — this behavior mode enables innovation in any organization across its life cycle. The Entrepreneurship track is designed to provide MBA students with the tools, experiences and support necessary to facilitate development as a leader and innovator in your chosen field or industry. In sync with Carnegie Mellon’s interdisciplinary strengths, students collaborate closely with faculty, researchers and other students at our top-ranked programs including engineering, product development, computer science, robotics and design.

The track includes three options depending on career path choice:

  1. High Growth Entrepreneurship: Found or join an entrepreneurial company
  2. Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition: Find, acquire and build a company
  3. Biomedical Entrepreneurship: Focus on innovating in the complex health care ecosystem.

The Biomedical Entrepreneurship track is a joint program with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  


Who Should Apply

Graduates of this track pursue a variety of career paths including startup and emerging companies, corporate innovation and business development, entrepreneurship through small business acquisition, venture capital/private equity, consulting, and social entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship MBA Track Courses

The required and recommended courses for each of these track options are summarized in the accompanying tables. Students are counseled individually for their selection of the path most appropriate to achieve their career goals.

Download an example overview of the curriculum for each track option to learn more. Faculty may revise the curriculum and course offerings at any time.


Entrepreneurship Capstone Course

Students choosing a track complete their required capstone course as part of that track.

The Designing and Leading a Business capstone project provides an opportunity for students to meet with CEOs, venture capitalists and other industry thought leaders, and personally engage in the unique innovation ecosystem appropriate for your career choice. Offered in mini 3 and 4 of the second year, the capstone includes an option to complete the project in Silicon Valley in mini 4 (regardless of the three choices noted above).


Faculty Coordinators

Arthur A. Boni
John R. Thorne Distinguished Career Professor of Entrepreneurship
boni@andrew.cmu.edu

David S. Mawhinney
Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship
Executive Director, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
dmawhin@andrew.cmu.edu

Craig Markovitz
Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
cmarkovi@andrew.cmu.edu

Will Kaigler
Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
wk2s@andrew.cmu.edu