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Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

The new 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is offered by the UW Foster School of Business and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

-The first cohort will start June 2017.
-Domestic application deadline: February 28
-International application deadline: January 27

Entrepreneurial to the Core

Graduate-level education focused on the core foundations of business
Courses centered on the entrepreneurial process and lean thinking—the elements that will make you a better entrepreneur
Rich connections and advice from leading Seattle entrepreneurs and investors
Year Zero of Your Startup!

This program will prepare you to launch by giving you the knowledge, mentoring, experience, and connections to build a high-impact startup.

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Have an Innovative Idea?

Keep 100% equity in your company (unless you license IP from UW)

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Courses taught by UW faculty and Seattle practitioners
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Coursework mimics the startup experience—learn it, then do it
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Work closely with Seattle mentors
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Opportunity to be part of cross-disciplinary UW teams

What drives this program

You'll be taking classes and workshops with a peer group that is as focused and determined as you, AND have time built into the schedule to work on your own startup idea. Along the way, you'll work with the Foster School's best entrepreneurship faculty and startup lecturers and connect with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship's resources and competitions. You'll also be mentored by a core group of Seattle entrepreneurs and have access to venture capitalists, angel investors, and attorneys.

We're looking for people who are ready

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is for people who have an idea they're passionate to validate and develop. Maybe you're a college senior in engineering, arts and sciences, or informatics who has a real drive to bring an idea to fruition. Or you may have 5–10 years of experience in a company or startup and now you're ready to invest in the startup of your dreams.

It's going to be hard work. Would you expect any less?

Ultimately, we're looking for applicants who want to hone their business skills, develop entrepreneurial expertise and gain experience from Seattle founders. And yes, the determination to start something.

Turn a good idea into a great idea

You will learn:

What is the difference between a good idea and a great business?
How do you find a market gap that people will actually pay you to solve?
How do you quickly and cheaply test your idea?
How do you price your product?
How do you hire the right people to help you grow your business faster?
How do you manage startup funds wisely?
What common challenges ensnare promising startups and how do you avoid them?
How do you smartly navigate—and benefit from—competition?

Here's how we help

Highly practical graduate education where you earn a master's degree
Coursework that follows the startup experience—ideation, formation, execution, and scale!
Connections with Seattle startup law firms
Keep equity of your idea
Prove Your Company's Viability

Compete in a UW competition

Alaska Airlines UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

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UW Health Innovation Challenge

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UW Business Plan Competition

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Building on a Track Record of Entrepreneurship Success at the UW

This program has a close connection to the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business


Ranking of graduate entrepreneurship program

Entrepreneur Magazine/Princeton Review

Ranking of graduate entrepreneurship program

U.S. News & World Report

Most innovative university in the world


Best city for young entrepreneurs

Upstart Business Journal

Best startup scene in the world

Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015

Most innovative startup scene in the nation

Mentoring from Leading Seattle Entrepreneurs and Investors

These are just some of the mentors excited to participate

T.A. McCann

Rival IQ, Gist, HelpShare

Barbara Prowant

Prowant Law, PLCC

Brian Howe

Elevator, Impact Hub Seattle, VentureScale

Voices from the Community

I love that the UW is creating this new graduate degree focused on entrepreneurship and I'm confident that the students who enroll will quickly acquire the vital business skills that many entrepreneurs typically only learn through trial and error. Seattle is the perfect place for this program and I'm excited to be a part of it.

— Liz Pearce, Liquid Planner

I hope this program replaces accelerators. Accelerators are focused on short-term goals, producing homogenized pitch decks, and demanding a sizable chunk of equity in return. In contrast, the Foster program provides a true education—teaching the skills necessary to take your idea through every stage of development—combined with an outstanding network of advisors and investors. Running a start-up is a marathon, not a sprint. And Foster provides the right tools to go the distance.

— Andy Kleitsch, serial entrepreneur

I really like the 'from nothing to preparing for Series A' focus of the program. That focus will give these teams credibility going forward.

— TA McCann, serial entrepreneur

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