Master of Technology Entrepreneurship

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Will you be the next Maryland success?

As the #1 public university in technology entrepreneurship, the University of Maryland’s Master of Technology Entrepreneurship pairs an enriching academic experience with the skills and relationships of one of the world’s best startup incubators. This 100% online offering is delivered on a 15-month schedule at an affordable $19,500.

Why a Master of Technology Entrepreneurship?

A Revolutionary Era for Education and Venture Creation

Online learning is rapidly changing the landscape of higher education by delivering high quality, affordable opportunities to learners worldwide. As a pioneer in online education and new venture creation, the University of Maryland is empowering the next generation of technology entrepreneurs through this innovative master’s program.

Increase Your Knowledge and Cultivate Global Relationships

While a master’s degree is not a prerequisite for entrepreneurial success, the knowledge gained from award-winning faculty with real startup experience surely beats the expense and frustration of learning by trial and error. With students enrolled from all over the world, you can share opportunities and ideas with peers. This global networking opportunity cultivates lasting personal and professional relationships to nurture new ventures worldwide.

Improve Your Career Marketability and Mobility

As our students work to build successful ventures, they also earn a master’s degree from one of the world’s preeminent universities. This degree equips students with the ability to envision, develop, launch, and grow innovations, and provides the credentials to be an attractive recruit for innovation-focused companies and organizations.

What We Have to Offer

Award-Winning Faculty with Startup Experience

The faculty selected to serve in the master’s are accomplished leaders in entrepreneurship education with national teaching awards to their credit. Furthermore, they are entrepreneurs themselves who have lived what they teach and appreciate the balance of academic theory and industry practice.

A Great Online Platform for Learning and Collaboration

Our learning management system leverages best-in-class software with a focus on design and usability. Our course architecture leverages high-definition lecture videos, real-time video conference opportunities with faculty and students, and a comprehensive knowledge management system to connect and empower students.

Support and Resources During and Beyond Your Enrollment

We believe the 15-month learning experience is simply the foundation of your new venture activities. Beyond the support and resources provided while a student, we aim to manage a lasting network of alumni relationships that live far beyond the graduation date.


The Master’s in Technology Entrepreneurship’s 30-credit, 10 course curriculum can be completed in 15-months with students enrolling in two 3-credit courses per 12-week term.

Course 2: Strategies for Managing Innovation

Emphasizes how innovative leaders can use strategic management of innovation to enhance company performance. Understand the process of technological change, the ways that firms come up with innovations, the strategies that firms use to benefit from innovation, and the process of formulating technology strategy. Provides frameworks for analyzing key aspects of these industries and teaches students how to apply these frameworks.

Course 4: Innovative Thinking

Introduces tools to boost creative problem-solving skills. Rediscover personal thinking preferences, identify and eliminate mental blocks, and enhance communication and teaming skills. Unlock creative potential and explore win-win approaches to problem solving.

Course 1: Innovative Ideas and Concept Development

Focuses on the content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis. Learn how to identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities for technology-based ventures by first understanding their  personal self and decision-making factors. Examine how to evaluate the opportunities and challenges within industries and markets of interest.

Course 3: Business Modeling and Customer Validation

Focuses on how to create and deliver value for customers and how to sustainably extract value for the venture. Develop business models that encompass the product or service, customers, and the economic engine that will deliver on venture objectives.

Course 6: Market Development and Commercialization

Provides an orientation to key marketing concepts critical to marketing technology-based products and services. Identify market opportunities, understand customer preferences, evaluate market acceptance, and devise the appropriate going-to-market strategies.

Course 8: Financial Management and New Venture Financing

Provides the essential tools and know-how to build a strong financial foundation for a new technology venture. Examines accounting principles as well as methods for keeping firm financial control of your enterprise. Insights are shared on navigating financial barriers as well as how to raise the right amount of capital at the right time from the right source.

Course 5: Creative Design, Prototyping, and Testing

Enables students to transition from creative, innovative, design thinking methods to prototyping and concept testing their products and services. Emphasis is placed on an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, industrial design, and the business of new product development.

Course 7: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Highlights the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. Explore real world scenarios, and address legal and business issues from ideation to all of the important junctures along the path to success. Significant attention is placed on new venture formation, intellectual property management, and financing arrangements.

Course 9: Corporate Technology Entrepreneurship

Provides insight into the innovation process in corporations and the unique problems and opportunities that managers and corporate entrepreneurs face in translating innovative ideas into successful results, from opportunity recognition to new venture corporation.

Course 10: Fundamentals of Technology Startup Ventures

Explores the processes and skills needed to launch and manage startup ventures. Examines best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Discusses how to launch and grow the venture effectively by leveraging models and approaches to navigating uncertainty.

15 months of instruction and a lifetime support network.

Dr. Thomas J. Mierzwa

Strategies for Managing Innovation


Dr. James V. Green

Innovative Ideas & Concept Development


Featured Faculty

Frankie Abralind

Innovative Thinking

Daniel Gordon

Business Modeling and Customer Validation

Cait von Schnetlage

Dr. Gaurav Bhalla

Market Development and Commercialization

Michael R. Pratt

Financial Management and New Venture Financing

Wilson L. White

Legals Aspects of Entrepreneurship







Student Profile

Age Range of Current Students


     22 – 57 years old


Country of Residence





     Saudi Arabia

     South Africa





Educational and Professional Background

     Business - 41%

     Technology - 41%

     Humanities/Sciences - 14%

     Law/Regulation - 5%

How Our Collaboration Works





This 15-month program is designed for full-time or part-time students committed to an intensive, dynamic learning experience. The workload and expectations of our online courses match that of our face-to-face offerings.


To demonstrate our commitment to supporting entrepreneurs that need financial capital for their business, we have set our tuition rate at the lowest allowable level for the university. The approximate cost of our master’s program is $19,500 plus books and fees, and payable in five installments over the 15-month period.


If you believe that the Online Master in Technology Entrepreneurship aligns with your personal and professional goals, we invite you to connect with us to discuss the admissions process. We are currently accepting students to start the program in September, 2015.

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