MA, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Study Format Online
Program Length 30 credits*, 20 months


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Meet the challenge. Seize the opportunity. Prepare to innovate.

Today’s business world is constantly changing and management strategies need to be redefined on an ongoing basis. The Master of Arts in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MAIE) speaks to individuals working in organizations that want to generate new ideas, apply frameworks, and respond to this changing environment as intrapraneurs, who are seen as innovators. There are also individuals who may be looking to identify and manage new business opportunities for their organization or for themselves. The Concordia-Chicago College of Business MAIE is designed to help students understand the challenges and opportunities that can arise when embarking or considering a new business venture or leading a period of change within an organization. The program focuses on the specific needs of innovators who may be seeking to successfully commercialize an idea and covers a broad range of knowledge areas. Students will benefit from opportunities to work on projects that have direct relevance to their work.

Program Outcomes

As a result of completion of this program, students will demonstrate that they can:

  • Demonstrate understanding and apply the theory, process, and practice of entrepreneurship, new venture formation, and corporate innovation, consulting, and project management.
  • Create and assess new ideas and new business by delving into one’s own innovation spirit of creativity, imagination, ingenuity, and originality.
  • Analyze and apply appropriate innovative frameworks and technologies to filter opportunities, companies, and their customers.
  • Shape an ethical, innovative, and global culture by leading teams from an ethos of vision, innovation, diversity, inclusion, and change.
  • Collect and analyze data to assess viability of new opportunities as it relates to the global market, the industry, and the team.

Program Requirements

  • Admission acceptance into the MA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program
  • Completion of the Master of Arts in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program coursework
  • Completion of the Master’s Capstone Experience
  • International students will complete a Seminar in Higher Education course during the first semester*

Admission Criteria

  • Application for admission: Apply online.
  • Objective Statement
    Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago. This is part of the online application.
  • Transcripts
    Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned.
  • International Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
    Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work.

GPA Requirements

Applicant's must show evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program through the following:

  • Full Admission
    To be considered for Full Admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Probationary Admission
    To be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist:
    1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale);
    2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or
    3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission.
    Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.
  • Provisional Admission (available only to US residents and citizens)
    To be considered for Provisional Admission candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites. All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.
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