2023-2024 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship, MS (Distance Learning)


John M. Torrens, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice, 534 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-3486, jtorrens@syr.edu

Program Description

The online M.S. in Entrepreneurship program provides a rigorous immersion into the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. Core content prepares current and aspiring entrepreneurs with the business foundation and networking opportunities to start at new venture, effectively manage a company or innovate within an organization. It is targeted to students with a passion for entrepreneurship in for-profit, non-profit, and public sector contexts. It is a 30-credit program. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, and a written proposal for a venture. Entrepreneurial or other work experience is preferred.


The Whitman School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1920.


Applicants will be considered for the program based on their standardized testing score, previous academic experience, work experience, professional references, and venture proposal, and personal statements.

Financial Support

Students may apply for several loan programs to cover the cost of attendance such as the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the Federal PLUS Loan, or various alternative/private education loans. Students must be enrolled at least half-time during each term in which they wish to be borrow an educational loan.

Degree Requirements & Learning Outcomes

This is a 30 credit program which leads to a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship degree.

Required Business Foundation (15 Credit Hours)

Required Entrepreneurship Core Capstone (3 Credits)

Learning Goal 1

Whitman MSEs will understand how to effectively manage organizational resources.

  • MSEs will be able to summarize key traits of different organizational resources, including financial capital, human capital, intellectual capital, technology resources, relational resources, and processes.
  • MSEs will be able to measure, organize and allocate resources in order to meet organizational objectives in an effective, ethical, and sustainable manner.
  • MSEs will be able to evaluate, prioritize and plan the acquisition of resources that are aligned with organizational objectives.
  • MSEs will be able to demonstrate an understanding of group and individual dynamics in organizations.

Learning Goal 2

Whitman MSEs will demonstrate skills in inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and strategic analysis.

  • MSEs will be able to gather, manipulate, and analyze data for purposes of understanding business problems and designing solutions for them.
  • MSEs will be able to generate original and innovative solutions to new and existing business problems.
  • MSEs will be able to explain and apply concepts, models and tools of strategic analysis.

Learning Goal 3

Whitman MSEs will be able to explain the unique nature of entrepreneurship.

  • MSEs will be able to discover and evaluate business opportunities.
  • MSEs will be able to apply entrepreneurial thinking when acting within different facets and functional areas of business.
  • MSEs will be able to apply creativity and innovation processes to solve business problems.
  • MSEs will be able to recognize and assess risks associated with innovative actions as well as generate approaches for mitigating and managing risks.

Learning Goal 4

Whitman MSEs will be able to explain the entrepreneurial process.

  • MSEs will be able to apply principles of entrepreneurial marketing.
  • MSEs will be able to construct bootstrap financing options.
  • MSEs will be able to articulate processes for acquiring venture capital.
  • MSEs will be able to develop a comprehensive business plan.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements.