THE NEXT GREAT BUSINESS INNOVATOR LOOKS LIKE
Transform your career with an entrepreneurial mindset
This degree equips you with the skills to create growth in any organization, whether by launching your own or joining an existing startup. Take courses focused on experiential learning that are taught by Colorado’s leading entrepreneurs through a variety of methods and formats to maximize flexibility.
Customizable degree with no prerequisites or required core courses
Evening classes and fully online options
Experiential learning in courses, events & programs that go beyond the classroom
As the only Master’s in Entrepreneurship offered in Colorado, this degree program is designed for students who want to drive growth, create change, and chase their passions in business. You can choose any 10 graduate-level entrepreneurship courses to make up the degree, which can be completed at your own pace and in your format of choice (online or in-person). Plus, all entrepreneurship students, regardless of residency, pay the same low in-state tuition rate. Through topics covering leadership, marketing, legal, financial, analytical, and operational skills, you will be tasked with going beyond the classroom to build and test your ideas in real-world settings.
Beyond business fundamentals, entrepreneurs need guidance, inspiration, exposure, and practice before launching or joining a successful startup. The Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship connects you to mentorship opportunities, internships, jobs, and interactive events with the Denver entrepreneurial community. Studying entrepreneurship in the heart of Denver—one of the top entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country—will show you first-hand how to launch new ideas, drive innovation within existing organizations, and disrupt traditional markets with tech-driven advancements.
- Ultimate flexibility: Start any semester and Take courses in person, online, in the evenings, and at your own pace (all within one year or under five)
- In the heart of downtown Denver: Gain Direct access to the greatest founders, startups, and businesses in Denver’s entrepreneurial ecosystem (#5 in the country) and greater Colorado.
- Intimate, hands-on classes: Our average class size is 14 students, and many courses are taught by Colorado’s top CEOs and innovators.
- No course prerequisites or required core: Take only the ENTP courses that interest you in any order.
- 4+1 and dual-degree options (in Business and with partnership schools and colleges)
- BCC has 10+ years of recruiting and advising experience and dozens of personal relationships with recruiters; take advantage of individual appointments, career events, workshops, and job announcements.
The Masters in Entrepreneurship curriculum consists of 30 credit hours of any graduate-level entrepreneurship courses, with the option to specialize in bioinnovation.
Current Course Options
Courses may change by semester and academic year; however, our current list of courses include:
- ENTP 6020 – Business Model Development & Planning
- ENTP 6022 – Digital Disruption
- ENTP 6620 – New Venture Operations & Project Management
- ENTP 6801 – Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 6802 – Regulatory Environment of Life Science Innovation
- ENTP 6807 – Personal Branding
- ENTP 6822 – Legal and Ethical Issues of Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 6824 – Entrepreneurial Financial Management
- ENTP 6826 – International Entrepreneurship
- ENTP 6834 – Lean Marketing
- ENTP 6842 – New Concept Development
- ENTP 6848 – Leadership in New Ventures
- ENTP 6834 – High Impact Sales for Entrepreneurs
- ENTP 6838 – Data Analysis in Innovation
- ENTP 6860 – Fintech and Blockchain
Every semester, CU Denver offers courses in a variety of formats. You are encouraged to complete the degree at their own pace, in any course order that they choose, and in the format(s) that work best for their schedule and learning preferences.
As a result, this degree can be completed fully online, in as little as one academic year or as long as five. CU Denver also offers fully in-person and hybrid courses in the fall and spring semesters. Synchronous, graduate-level courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working students.
At the end of this program, you will be able to:
- Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Practice. Develop strategies designed to sustain competitive advantage and optimize stakeholder value. Analyze information to address an entrepreneurial concept.
- Communicate Effectively. Apply effective and professional written/verbal communication skills around new concepts and ventures.
- Lead Entrepreneurially. Collaborate and lead effectively within diverse business teams, leveraging teamwork and leadership skills in new ventures.
- Be Purpose Driven. Gain an understanding around impact of different socio-cultural, political/institutional, legal, financial, and/or economic contexts on business ventures and new strategies.
- Develop Successful Business Models for Innovation. Embrace risk-taking and creative problem solving, in both one’s organization and career, to continually evolve in today’s uncertain and skills-driven markets.
The cost of tuition for the MS in Entrepreneurship degree is the same for all in-state, out-of-state, and international students.
All Business School graduate students can apply to campus-wide and school specific scholarships through Scholarship Universe. In addition, the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship offers exclusive scholarships to in-state students. As a current student, you can apply for scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Newly Admitted and Continuing Students:
You can apply for additional scholarships every semester of enrollment. Some awards may be specific to individual programs or enrollment in specific courses.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials, including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores (if required by the program) by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from the submission of all materials.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or its equivalent in another country.
- No work experience or formal business education is required for admission; however, you may have to provide a GMAT or GRE score if you do not have enough work experience, see below.
The GMAT/GRE is not required for this program
This program does not require GMAT or GRE scores for their degree program as part of the graduate admissions requirements. The requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better from a US-accredited four-year undergraduate institution or the successful completion of a graduate degree, and five or more years of full-time relevant professional work experience.
However, if you received your bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of less than 3.25 or have less than 5 years of relevant professional work experience, you will be asked to submit a statement that outlines other indicators of exceptional motivation, such as solid upper-division performance, GMAT or GRE scores, and other relevant professional experience. The admissions committee may require a minimum GMAT or GRE score for students that do not automatically qualify by GPA and prior work.
How Decisions Are Made
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
- Academic transcripts
- Essay responses
- Work experience
- Extracurricular and community activities
- Letters of recommendation if applicable
- GMAT/GRE scores if applicable
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at email@example.com or call 303-315-8200.
International graduate applicants must have their academic credentials evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). If you have already had an international credential evaluation from another company, please contact CU Denver International Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine whether it meets our requirements.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must showcase your proficiency through different exemptions or an English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo).
To determine English Language Proficiency (ELP), you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note for Business School graduate programs the minimum TOEFL score requirements of 83 (IBT) or 560 (PBT).
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents.
- Priority: April 15
- Final: July 15
- Priority: March 15
- Final: May 15
- Priority: October 15
- Final: December 15
- Priority: September 15
- Final: October 15
- Priority: February 15
- Final: April 15
- Priority: January 15
- Final: March 15
Expand your cultural perspective with study abroad courses that count toward your degree requirements.
Past options have included:
Culture and Innovation in Cuba
Entrepreneurship in Barcelona
Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Ireland
“The core of entrepreneurship is based on how to innovate through uncertainties, offer meaningful value, create sustainable systems, and deliver relevant impact to ecosystems. This MS in Entrepreneurship uniquely positions our students and graduates to deliver that impact and meet the needs of today’s global economy.”
– Jung Park, 2004 alum, ENTP instructor & winner of THE CLIMB 2004
Connect with the Denver Startup Ecosystem
Guest speakers include CEOs and founders across a variety of industries and businesses, including:
- BASE Education
- Booyah Advertising
- Charter Communications
- Holidaily Brewing Company
- Infinium Robotics
- Launch Pad Brewery
- Motherlode Provisions
- Ping Identity
- Posner Center for International Development
- Vita Inclinata Technologies