Master of ScienceTechpreneurship
Earn a master’s degree that equips you to fill a critical need in today’s business world. Techpreneurship gives you the knowledge and skills you need to fuel staff innovation and manage it from initial ideas to viable products ready for marketplace launch.
This program produces the student who will have the skillset to build start-ups or innovate new products or processes in an existing organization.
“From R&D labs to Innovation Centers, often in Silicon Valley, companies face a skills gap in innovation management.”
It’s a skill set in short supply today and companies large and small are eager to bring qualified leaders on board. You can use this opportunity to launch a successful career in technology management. You’ll even have a chance to compete for start-up dollars provided by the university and gain access to a network of practicing mentors who will share their experience and provide guidance.
You don’t need a Computer Science bachelor’s degree to enter the program. Through your courses in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley, you’ll gain a practical understanding of technologies behind today’s digital businesses. You’ll also learn the fundamentals of innovation and how to manage it to improve the quality of ideas produced. You’ll discover ways to inspire your team to fill your pipeline with viable product ideas you can shepherd through development to the marketplace.
This 36-semester hour Master of Science in Techpreneurship combines technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Techpreneurship is a flexible program that allows the student to choose elective courses from any existing graduate program to leverage their previous education and work experience. The program is offered in classes conducted in an executive weekend format at our Philadelphia location. You’ll also study in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation and entrepreneurship. During your time in California, you’ll study at Thinktomi, one of America’s foremost schools of business innovation.
TCMS graduates are able to:
- Start, own, and manage successful innovative and technology-intensive start businesses;
- Embrace innovation to capitalize on economic benefits and to serve as a positive factor in social change;
- Leverage modern technologies to gain a competitive advantage in the business world;
- Become leaders and effective members of the business community; and
- Develop communication skills and the ability to interact with others.
Pavlo (Pasha) Buryi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics
Full Time Faculty
Associate Professor of Economics
Assistant Professor of E-Business & Entrepreneurship
Master of Science in Techpreneurship program is a 36-semester hour program that consists of required core courses (15 semester hours), required project or thesis courses (6 semester hours), and electives from a wide range of management and technology courses (15 semester hours). The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).
Entrepreneurship and innovation are drivers of transformative change. This course introduces the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship and strategies to take an idea into execution. Moreover, entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems, and innovation within corporations are studied by utilizing case studies of some Silicon Valley companies.
This course introduces the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully navigate through the second stage of the business start-up, which is to gain traction and scale. The student is taught the Lean Method to take their start-up from raising investment to scale. Moreover, this course will provide hands-on training in the technologies and strategies used by small and large corporations in all aspects of running a start-up business.
This course introduces the role of innovation and technological change in business practice and economic growth. It analyzes sources of innovation in science, technology, and commercialization. Among others, the following topics are covered: founding of new industries and new markets, commercialization of new technologies, incentives and organization of science, openness and proprietary/controlled innovation. Moreover, selected public policies toward invention and innovation are considered.
Financial sustainability is the goal of every start-up and new business unit. Starting from a discussion of common business models, the course covers business models, financial projections, and pro forma statements., funding models, institutional venture capital investment, social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, corporate investment, etc. The course also covers administrative, operations, and legal issues.
This course introduces the basic principles (systems thinking and quantitative methods) of systems engineering and shows how these principles can be used to strategically plan, integrate, secure and administer the complex information systems that support and drive the current and future digital enterprises. Topics include: digital enterprises, aligning information technology strategy to business strategy, enterprise applications (customer relations management, procurement, supply chain management), ecommcerce, decision support, knowledge management, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, cost/benefit analysis and information technology infrastructure. These topics are explained through case studies and examples by using a strategic planning methodology.
This course guides the student to develop and finalize a selected research problem and to construct a proposal that effectively establishes the basis for either writing a thesis or launching an experiential capstone project. The course provides an overview of strategies for effective problem investigation and solution proposal. Research methodology is studies and applied as part of suggesting a solution to a problem. Writing and formatting techniques are also explored and applied as a communication tool for cataloging the investigation and recommending the solution.
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