Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MBA

The Entrepreneurship and 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. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation major and related co-curricular activities are supported in part by the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program at the Wharton School’s Venture Lab.


A minimum of 19 course units is required for graduation.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Major Requirements
The Entrepreneurship & Innovation major requires four course units beyond the required Management core requirements.
Management Core Requirements:
Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership
Managing Established Enterprises
Management of Emerging Enterprises
MGMT 8010Entrepreneurship 10.5
Select 3.5 course units from the following: 23.5
Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation
The Finance of Buyouts and Acquisitions
Health Care Entrepreneurship
Legal and Transactional Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Negotiations 3
Advanced Topics Negotiation 3
Managing Strategic Partnerships
Corporate Development: Mergers and Acquisitions
Intellectual Property Strategy for the Innovation-Driven Enterprise
Technology Strategy
Change, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management
Venture Implementation
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 4
Scaling Operations: Linking Strategy and Execution
Design and Development of Web-Based Products and Services 4
Product Management 4
Enabling Technologies
Real Estate Entrepreneurship
Select 5.5 course units of electives5.5
MBA Core Requirements9.5
Total Course Units19

No waivers or substitutions. Students are advised (but not required) to take this foundation course before the subsequent elective courses listed.


Students may petition to substitute up to 1 cu of other coursework toward the requirements of the major, such as Global Modular Courses, Global Virtual Courses, Independent Study Projects or Advanced Student Projects, or MKTG 8900 (Global Consulting Practicum). Petitions are expected to demonstrate that the student is pursuing a coherent plan of entrepreneurship and innovation studies at Wharton, and should be directed to the faculty advisor.


Students may not count both MGMT 6910 and MGMT 6920 for credit towards the major. 


Students may not count all of the following courses for credit towards the major: OIDD 5150, OIDD 6520, OIDD 6540. To count more than one of these courses towards the major, students need pre-approval from the faculty advisor.

MBA Core Requirements

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)
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 6110Responsibility in Global Management0.5
or LGST 6120 Responsibility in Business
or LGST 6130 Business, Social Responsibility, and the Environment
MGEC 6110Microeconomics for Managers: Foundations0.5
MGEC 6120Microeconomics for Managers: Advanced Applications0.5
MGMT 6100Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership0.5
MGMT 6110Managing Established Enterprises1
or MGMT 6120 Management of Emerging Enterprises
MKTG 6110Marketing Management0.5
MKTG 6120Dynamic Marketing Strategy0.5
or MKTG 6130 Strategic Marketing Simulation
Select one unit of the following:0.5-1
Quality and Productivity
Business Analytics
Online Business Models and the Information-Based Firm
Operations Strategy
Enabling Technologies
Managerial Decision Making
STAT 6130Regression Analysis for Business 21
or STAT 6210 Accelerated Regression Analysis for Business
Management Communication
WHCP 6110Management Communication0.25
Select one of the following:0.25
Advanced Persuasive Speaking
Communication Challenges for Entrepreneurs:
Persuasive Writing for Business Leaders
Total Course Units9.5

Students cannot enroll in both FNCE 6210 and FNCE 6230.


STAT 6210 is by placement only.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.