Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MBA

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation major provides MBA students with skills, analytical tools, perspectives, and experiences that prepare them for careers as autonomous entrepreneurs, family-business entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs in corporate settings. Whether a student wants to start a business while in school, join an emerging business, or set the groundwork to launch a new firm later in his or her career, the program aims to provide preparation for all of these exciting options. Entrepreneurial skills and thinking are actively sought by more competitive and profitable growing businesses. The special strength of this program is that it combines theory with practice, providing students the opportunity to test the theories, models, and strategies learned in the classroom by creating real business plans, working on other field projects, and gaining access and insight from leaders in the entrepreneurial business community.

Endowed in 1997 by Robert B. Goergen WG’62, The Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program is based on the leading research conducted by Wharton faculty. The program is distinguished by its ability to combine theory with practice, allowing students to gain access and insight from the entrepreneurial business community. His generous gift endows the teaching programs in entrepreneurship at Wharton, including a Robert B. Goergen Professorship, funds for course development, and fellowships for new faculty.

Curriculum

A minimum of 19 course units is required for graduation.

Only one (1) CU of pass/fail coursework can be counted toward the Entrepreneurship & Innovation major.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major Requirements
Select 1 of the following:
Managing Established Enterprises
Management of Emerging Enterprises
MGMT 801Entrepreneurship0.5
Select 3.5 course units from the following:3.5
Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation
The Finance of Buyouts and Acquisitions
Health Care Entrepreneurship
Legal and Transactional Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Negotiations
Managing strategic partnerships
Corporate Development: Mergers and Acquisitions
Intellectual Property Strategy for the Innovation-Driven Enterprise
Technology Strategy
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management: Practices and Institutions of Silicon Valley
Change, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management
Formation and Implementation of Entrepreneurial Ventures
Private Equity in Emerging Markets
Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition
Social Entrepreneurship
Building Human Assets in Entrepreneurial Ventures
Strategies and Practices of Family-controlled Companies
New Product Management
Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce
Idea Generation and the Systematic Approach for Creativity
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Product Design
Innovation
SCALING OPERATIONS: Linking Strategy and Execution
Enabling Technologies
Real Estate Entrepreneurship
Electives
Select 5.5 course units of electives5.5
MBA Core Requirements9.5
Total Course Units19

MBA Core Requirements

Accounting
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting
Finance 1
Corporate Finance
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance (Half CU)
Macroeconomics
Select one of the following:0.5-1
Macroeconomics and the Global Economic Environment
Macroeconomics and The Global Economic Environment (Half CU)
Legal Studies
LGST 611Responsibility in Global Management0.5
or LGST 612 Responsibility in Business
Microeconomics
MGEC 611Microeconomics for Managers: Foundations0.5
MGEC 612Microeconomics for Managers: Advanced Applications0.5
Management
MGMT 610Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership0.5
MGMT 611Managing Established Enterprises1
or MGMT 612 Management of Emerging Enterprises
Marketing
MKTG 611Marketing Management0.5
MKTG 612Dynamic Marketing Strategy0.5
or MKTG 613 Strategic Marketing Simulation
OIDD
OIDD 611Quality and Productivity0.5
or OIDD 615 Operations Strategy
Select one of the following: 20.5
Quality and Productivity
Business Analytics
Online Business Models and the Information-Based Firm
Innovation
Operations Strategy
Statistics
STAT 613Regression Analysis for Business 31
or STAT 621 Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business
Management Communication
WHCP 611Management Communication0.25
Select one of the following:0.25
Advanced Persuasive Speaking
Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs: "Pitching your Business"
Persuasive Writing for Business Leaders
Total Course Units9.5

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.