Entrepreneurship | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

A student working with her team on their entrepreneurship project as part of the Master of Engineering Management degree at NC State University.


Last Updated: 05/22/2024 | All information is accurate and still up-to-date

The Entrepreneurship concentration prepares you for small business success by teaching you how to create a strategic business plan, start a company, and launch a product.

Through courses led by top faculty in the Colleges of Engineering and Management, you will cover topics like high-tech entrepreneurship, new product creation, and venture opportunity analysis. These courses focus on the technical foundations of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs drive the market economy. They start businesses, grow them, and work to increase profits. This growth leads to more jobs for workers. While many think entrepreneurs always build businesses from scratch, there are other paths too. Entrepreneurship can also involve buying a business, adding to it, or taking over a family-run business.

A 2015 report by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found that 27 million Americans, nearly 14 percent, are starting or running new businesses. According to GEM, 24 percent of US entrepreneurs expect to employ 20 or more people.


CONCENTRATION: EntrepreneurshipCredits
CORE Subtotal15
Take four courses:
EM/EGR 506 Managing New High-Tech Product Launches 23
EM/EGR 507 Product Life Cycle Management 23
EM/EGR 517 Facilities Engineering Systems3
EM/EGR 518 Environmental Compliance for Facilities Engineers3
EGR 590 Managing New Product Creation 23
MBA 536 Experience Innovation and Strategic Design 33
MBA 570 Opportunity Evaluation and Value Creation 1 33
MBA 571 High Growth Entrepreneurship 1 33
MSE/MBA 576 Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization I
MSE/MBA 577 Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization II
Take one course:
EM 675 Engineering Management Masters Project
(or substitute practicum with approval)
ISE 521 Health Systems Performance Improvement II
(or substitute practicum with approval)
ISE 589 Introduction to Product Development
(or substitute practicum with approval)
MAE 526 Fundamentals of Product Design 13
MBA 549 Supply Chain Management Practicum 1
(or substitute practicum with approval)
MBA 559 Business Analytics Practicum
(or substitute practicum with approval)
MBA 572 Venture Opportunity Analytics 1 3
MBA 575 Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship3

1 Course taught both on-campus and online.

2 Course is offered online only.

3 Open to non-majors.

Entrepreneurship Knowledge and Skills Gained

The Master of Engineering Management with an Entrepreneurship concentration helps you gain knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop methods to understand customer experiences.
  • Practice innovation and use “design-thinking” tools and techniques.
  • View strategic perspectives for designing innovative products and services.
  • Learn about technology opportunity analysis and building technologies from intellectual property.
  • Find ways to create ideas and explore potential high-growth business opportunities.
  • Understand data gathering, data analysis, and data interpretation for evaluating new business startup opportunities.
  • Develop practices for creating new high-tech product ideas and managing the design process.
  • Prototype and manage complex technical products during all phases of the product life cycle.