University of Southern California

Marshall to Offer New Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Classes Begin August 2014
March 25, 2014 • by News at Marshall

The USC Marshall School of Business will offer a new Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI) through its Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, USC Marshall announced.

The degree will expand opportunities for students interested in careers in entrepreneurship, corporate venturing and innovation or technology commercialization.

The MSEI is an accelerated and highly experiential program preparing students with the knowledge and skills to create new business ventures in a climate defined by rapid change, increasing competition, shortened product lifecycles and higher market volatility. Students can complete the program over three terms, beginning coursework in a short session prior to the fall semester and graduating the following May.

“There is a growing demand among students with technical backgrounds for a consolidated, MBA-type degree that has a real focus on young enterprises,” said James G. Ellis, dean of the Marshall School of Business. “With the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Greif Center is meeting this need – equipping technically proficient students with critical business skills for long-term career success.”

“The pace of technological innovation is ever-accelerating, and this new, one-year master’s program is keeping pace,” observed Lloyd Greif, president and CEO of Greif & Co. and founding donor of the Center. “High-tech entrepreneurs who have graduated from the Greif Center in the past have gone on to found Salesforce.com, Myspace and Tinder, to name just a few, and, by equipping these students with the expertise they need, the MSEI will increase their probabilities of success while simultaneously speeding their path to market.”

The MSEI requires 26 units and can be completed in one year (full-time) or two or more years (part-time), and students can personalize their degrees with elective courses such as Technology Commercialization and New Product Development.

The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is the nation’s oldest integrated entrepreneurship program and has consistently ranked among the top programs in the United States. Labeled as “one of the best entrepreneurship programs” in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Greif Center leads the U.S. in entrepreneurship education and research. The MSEI continues the Greif Center’s rich history of innovation in training future leaders for the successful launch of ventures in new entities or large organizations.

“The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation combines academic rigor with hands-on, experiential learning, putting students on a fast track to exciting positions with start-up enterprises or launching new corporate divisions,” said Andrea Belz, academic director of the MSEI program and a professor at USC Marshall. “By leveraging the assets of the renowned Greif Center, the MSEI offers something truly unique.”

The MSEI program is now accepting applications for its inaugural class from graduating seniors of four-year baccalaureate programs, as well as from working professionals with bachelor’s or advanced degrees.


About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.