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M.P.S. in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership

Whether you are looking to start your own company, drive social change through innovation, or incorporate innovative practices into your current workplace, UMBC’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership is the ideal program to get you where you want to be. Designed for working professionals in both small and large organizations, the program equips students with entrepreneurial thinking skills that prepare them to become drivers of change in both the workplace and in their communities.

Consisting of five required core courses, including a unique 2-part capstone course, three electives and two courses in specialized pathways, the program provides a comprehensive foundation in innovative thinking that will prepare students to drive change in their organizations.

Required Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • ENTR 601: Entrepreneurial Mindset [3]
  • ENTR 602: Leadership and Communication [3]
  • ENTR 603: Legal and Ethical Issues in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership [3]
  • ENTR 604: Entrepreneurial Finance & Planning [3]
  • ENTR 614: Capstone I [1]
  • ENTR 615: Capstone II [2]

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

  • ENTR 605: Learning Organizations [3]
  • ENTR 606: Diffusion of Innovations [3]
  • ENTR 607: Technology Commercialization [3]
  • ENMG 654: Leading Teams and Organizations [3]

Pathway Courses (6 Credits)

Students can choose between three pathways: Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Socialpreneurship. The pathways allow students to take classes specific to their interests. Each pathway consists of two courses.


Courses in entrepreneurship deliver a foundation in innovation with an emphasis on design thinking, sales, and marketing. Design thinking skills are becoming increasingly sought after by employers, while demand for Marketing Managers in the region grew 95% from 2011 - 2015.

Entrepreneurship Pathway Courses
  • ENTR 608: Design Thinking [3]
  • ENTR 609: Sales and Marketing [3]


This pathway is ideal for working professionals who seek to gain skills relevant to their current employment. Intrapreneurship equips students with the skills needed to incorporate entrepreneurial practices within an existing business or organization.

Intrapreneurship Pathway Courses
  • ENTR 610: Intrapreneurship [3]
  • ENTR 611: Project Management Approaches [3]


Courses in socialpreneurship apply innovative entrepreneurial practices to the development of solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This pathway is applicable to students working in the fields of social change.

Socialpreneurship Pathway Courses
  • ENTR 612: Creative Problem Solving & The Socialpreneur [3]
  • ENTR 613: Marketing and Fundraising [3]

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