Entrepreneurship | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

A future entrepreneur thinking about her next start up as she works toward a degree in both engineering and management at NC State University


Last Updated: 06/20/2023 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

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

Through courses led by top faculty members at the Colleges of Engineering and Management, you will cover topics in high tech entrepreneurship, new product creation and venture opportunity analysis while focusing on the foundations of entrepreneurship from a technical engineering perspective.

Entrepreneurs are the driving force of a market economy. They help start a business and then work to grow that business and earn more profits. This leads to increased employment of workers. While the stereotype of an entrepreneur is someone building a business from the ground up, there are other options as well. Entrepreneurship includes buying or adding to an existing business 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:
EGR 506 Managing New High-Tech Product Launches 23
EGR 507 Product Life Cycle Management 23
EGR 517 Facilities Engineering Systems3
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

1 Course taught both on-campus and online.

2 Course offered online only.

3 Open to non-majors.

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

  • Develop methodologies for understanding customer experiences
  • Practice innovation and use “design-thinking” tools and techniques
  • Understand strategic perspectives for designing innovative products and services
  • Learn about technology opportunity analysis and building technologies from an intellectual property
  • Find ways to create ideas and explore potential high growth business opportunities
  • Understand data gathering, data analysis and data interpretation to successfully evaluate opportunities for new business startups
  • Develop best practices for creating new high-tech product ideas and managing the design process and prototyping of new engineering products
  • Manage complex technical products during all phases of the product life cycle