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What is the Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship and Innovation?
A one-year graduate program designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. The program combines traditional business disciplines with coursework designed to develop students' entrepreneurial skills and help them take their ideas to market.
How is this program different from a Master's degree in business?
Entrepreneurs start with a passion and allow goals to develop as they share their ideas with others. Traditional business degree programs teach a rigid framework that is quickly becoming outdated in today's fast-paced creative marketplace. Our program springboards off traditional business tactics and additionally teaches the best way to use repeated iteration, calculated risk-taking, collaboration, disruptive view of markets, innovation and technology to accelerate a business idea.
Throughout, emphasis is placed on developing effective, targeted communication, learning to recognize and take advantage of opportunities, team building, networking, leadership, the art of pitching and creating a guerrilla mentality.
We teach in an experiential, roll-up your sleeves and get started way. Students will practice what they learn real-time and can immediately apply that knowledge to their own projects or businesses.
Who would find this M.A. helpful?
Entrepreneurial skills are used in a host of companies, big and small. If you plan to take on broader responsibilities in your current company, have a business idea of your own that you'd like to jump-start or currently work in an entrepreneurial organization, the skills taught in this program will help you succeed.
While some of the course content is tailored to professionals who work in creative ventures, the skills can be applied to any contemporary business.
Why is there a need for a program like this?
Film music, gaming, animation and other creative industries are growing so quickly in response to market need that outdated business concepts no longer apply. If they are to maintain the viability of their business and creative teams, today's managers and owners need new skill sets that reflect this new market reality. Our program addresses that need.
How are the courses scheduled?
Each 8-week term is intensive and comprehensive. Candidates take six core classes, then choose among 5 specializations and cap their studies with a month-long, full-time practicum related to their specialization. All course are held evenings and weekends.
I have a job. Do I have to finish in a year?
While taking two courses per 8-week term and finishing in a year is the best case scenario, courses can also be taken individually and a student can choose to spread them out over a longer period of time.
I can't take a month off work for a full-time practicum.
Talk to us. Chances are we've got a solution.
Are scholarships and financial aid available?
Where are courses taught?
All courses are held at Cogswell's Sunnyvale campus.
Are online courses available?
What is Cogswell?
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Strategically located in Silicon Valley and celebrating 125 years of academic history, Cogswell provides WASC accredited higher education that empowers students to innovate through the fusion of art, engineering and entrepreneurship.
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