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  • Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI)

    Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI)

    The program offers individuals with a passion for entrepreneurship the critical skills and knowledge they need to create the next great companies of the future. An accelerated and highly experiential degree, the MSEI can be completed in just 12 months, putting students on a fast track to launching new business opportunities within large organizations or starting their own enterprises.

    For degree requirements, please check the COURSE CATALOGUE


  • Taught by leading scholars and practitioners and leveraging some of today's most advanced educational tools and techniques, the MSEI prepares students with a sophisticated understanding of:

    - Entrepreneurial Decision Making and New Venture Entry Strategies

    - Venture Feasibility Analysis and Venture Initiation

    - Corporate Innovation and New Business Model Formulation

    - Founder’s Dilemmas-Anticipating and Avoiding Startup Pitfalls

    - New Venture Financing


Dates + Deadlines

The Fall 2023 Application is Now Open

Important Dates:
Application opens: September 1, 2022

Pre-Fall & Orientation: August 8-11 & 15-18, 2023 (Must be able to attend entire session dates)

Fall Classes begin: August 21, 2023

Application Deadlines for Fall 2023
Application for admission will open on September 1, 2022, for the Fall of 2023. Spaces for Fall 2022 are closed. The program enrolls one cohort each Fall.

Priority Round 1: September 1- December 1, 2022, Eligible for Scholarships

Round 2: January 31, 2023, Eligible for scholarships. (Final International applicant deadline strictly enforced. Domestic students can also apply for this round.)

Round 3: March 1, 2023, Open only to domestic students

Round 4: April 30, 2023, Open only to domestic students

Round 5: May 19, 2023, Open only to domestic students. Applications will be considered only if spaces are available following Round 4.



    For more information about this program please fill out THIS FORM.


    Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
    USC Marshall School of Business
    610 Child's Way
    JFF 5th Floor, MC 3365
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-3365

    Phone: 213-821-0877


  • MSEI Progressive Degree Program

    MSEI Progressive Degree Program

    MSEI students complete 27 units consisting of Pre-Fall, Fall core, Spring core, and elective coursework. All MSEI students must be available to attend and complete the Pre-Fall course (BAEP 551) on 8/8/23–8/18/23 from 8:00AM–6:00PM. There are no exceptions. In Fall and Spring, MSEI students must take 6 units of core and can complete their 12 units of electives on a flexible schedule.


A Message From the Director

The MSEI Program presents an integrative perspective into the process of starting a new business entity or starting a major new endeavor within an existing corporation. Whether you already have an idea and are eager to start your own business, or if you are in the discovery phase seeking to find a new idea, or if you simply want to learn more about what an entrepreneurial or corporate entrepreneurial career would be like, the MSEI Program exposes you to the challenges and endless opportunities of entrepreneurship. 

As a MSEI student, you will learn that the structure of starting and growing a new venture is an all-encompassing format for understanding an entrepreneurial career. It touches all the relevant issues — but there is more to entrepreneurship than passion, desire and perseverance. Entrepreneurs have a unique mindset, a way of looking at things that are opportunity-focused and creative. It’s about passion–doing what you love.