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Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership Program

UMBC empowers working professionals with a Master’s program that harnesses a continuum of expertise and experience of instructors and leaders from within the university, UMBC Training Centers, and bwtech@UMBC. Students learn how to bring an entrepreneurial mindset, innovative practices, and thoughtful leadership to their organizations and businesses with courses designed to teach real-world skills.

With three distinct pathways, students can tailor their education to their interests: Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Socialpreneurship.

Why Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership at UMBC?

UMBC's EIL program is different than others in the region. It focuses on the critical role that innovation and leadership play in driving your entrepreneurial vision. Through applied learning, course deliverables, and a unique 2-part capstone, the program equips students with practical and relevant skills that can be applied immediately on the job.

Applied Learning

The Applied Learning approach unites interactive, participatory learning and exceptional content with instructors who have deep practical experience and passion in entrepreneurship.

Course Deliverables

Throughout the program, students create written work and oral and visual presentations consistent with current communication trends. These include blog posts, “tweet”-like messages, coach approach dialogues, pitch decks, as well as more academic mediums such as white papers, executive summaries, and oral presentations. In addition, peer learning promotes active learning and reinforcement through direct interaction among classmates.

2-Part Capstone

The two-part, multi-semester capstone requires students to apply the tools and concepts from their courses toward the realization of an entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, or socialpreneurial opportunity. They will quantify and demonstrate market/technical feasibility, develop a business plan, demonstrate financial feasibility, and create a final report about the opportunity and how it could be pursued. They will then pitch their idea at the Cangialosi competition as a final evaluation, providing invaluable experience in pursuing investments.


Entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership are core to UMBC's mission and values. That’s why the university system supports the full continuum of leadership programs, going beyond undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can take advantage of training and development offered by UMBC Training Centers’ Center for Leadership and Innovation, or seek opportunities at bwtech@UMBC’s incubator.

In addition, the Baltimore-Washington metro area cultivates an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. There is a push to create more technology-focused startups through the work of organizations like Betamore, the Emerging Technology Center and UMBC's own bwtech@UMBC. The region is home to many governmental agencies and companies that encourage more intrapreneurs to bring deep change to their organizations.