Gain a business foundation to launch your start-up venture or take lessons in innovation back to your workplace with our Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program.


You have the passion, the ideas and the drive. Now, you’re looking for the tools, connections, and a way to develop yourself personally and professionally.

The Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at Cogswell College is for achievers like you, ready to take the next step in truly creating change among your team and business surrounding you.

Our regionally accredited Master of Arts degree program was designed with you in mind.

Why Cogswell?

  • Our unique, online format brings Silicon Valley to you.
  • Team and project based learning brings first-hand experience and guidance together for you to learn how to determine problems and find solutions that align with passions and resources.
  • Becoming indispensable can start hereby learning how to adapt and refine your personal skill set and narrative to deliver value in your workplace, and building your understanding the ecosystem of business that surrounds you.
  • Face business challenges and opportunities with direction from faculty who serve as mentors and together, analyze, critique, and celebrate your ideas and successes all along the way.

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COURSES & CURRICULUM

Students in the Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program will develop the tools and connections to conceptualize small business models or apply an entrepreneurial mindset for change within larger organizations.

Our program is comprehensive and experiential. Our faculty will lead your graduate experience with Cogswell. Capitalize on their wealth of knowledge and learn from their experiences to craft a canvas for your own ideas, in pursuit of becoming a visible entrepreneur.

Completion of 30 credits of graduate course work is required as established and approved by Cogswell College.

Core courses – 24 credit hours
Practicum – 6 credit hours

Incoming students who have taken equivalent graduate level courses may transfer up to 6 credits upon review and approval from the Registrar.

COURSE LISTING

ENT 520 Business Models & Planning

In this interactive foundations course, you’ll learn the key components of the Business Model Canvas and lean startup techniques to better understand and build your business.

ENT 525 Legal Structures, Contracts & Risk Management
This course covers the basics of contracts, legal structures, liability, risk management and intellectual property as applied to entrepreneurs and new business startups.

ENT 530 Finance & Accounting
Learn how to measure, analyze and manage your new venture. Build a strong foundation for your startup through strategic accounting methods, operational assessments and more.

ENT 535 Entrepreneurial Marketing
This course covers the basic foundations and processes of marketing, beginning with the Four P’s. You’ll examine the full range of marketing strategies and techniques through a unique entrepreneurial lens.

ENT 540 Sales & Negotiations
Practice various negotiations through cases, role-plays and simulations for hands-on practice to develop key skills in dealing with real situations.

ENT 545 Creativity, Ideation & Innovation
Get inspired with techniques to enhance your creativity and innovation. Future-proof your career by cultivating key skills in new business development, market potential evaluation and project management principles.

ENT 550 Social Media & Online Marketing
Analyze how organizations are using social media effectively (or ineffectively) and apply these lessons to social media efforts for your own business venture.

ENT 555 Leadership & Management
As an entrepreneur, you’ve got natural leadership potential. In this interactive course, you’ll apply and further develop your skills in team building, leadership, management, networking and goal setting.

ENT 590 Practicum
This independent project is your program capstone. With mentoring, you’ll address a specific business challenge or research a new opportunity to pivot an idea. Practicums are a minimum of 6 weeks full-time or equivalent. Success is determined by your ability to deliver on the established goal. If the idea is determined not feasible, you’ll be asked to demonstrate why in order to fulfill the practicum requirement.

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SCHEDULE & FORMAT

The Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program offers 8-week terms on a rolling admissions cycle. Your coursework can begin:

  • Fall Session A (typically in late August)
  • Fall Session B (typically in early October)
  • Spring Session A (typically in early January)
  • Spring Session B (typically in mid-March)
  • Summer Session (typically June)

View the current schedule on our Academic Calendar

All courses are offered online. You will need internet access to enroll in this program. We recommend having a Windows or Mac computer that is less than 3 years old.


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TUITION & SCHOLARSHIPS

Cogswell College is committed to your academic and entrepreneurial success. We understand the needs and demands of your busy schedule, which is why we offer:
  • A competitive tuition structure and flexible payment schedule
  • Individual classes charged by the credit hour
  • Employer tuition reimbursement is accepted and financial aid is available
Pricing (effective Fall 2014):
  • US $1,700 per course
  • Master’s Degree Program Tuition – US $17,000
  • Technology fee – $50 per semester
Silicon Valley Merit Scholarship 2014:
Cogswell College offers up to $5,000 in scholarship to qualifying applicants. Learn more about our Silicon Valley Merit Scholarship here.

Disclosures


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ADMISSIONS

Cogswell College carefully reviews each applicant’s materials, overall experience and accomplishments. We are looking for passionate and inspired entrepreneurs who will thrive in the Master’s program and share their experiences with fellow students. Our goal is to admit qualified candidates who show potential for completing the program and advancing into a successful entrepreneurial career.

To be considered for graduate admission, you must submit:
  • Official high school transcripts, GED completion, or its equivalent. If secondary education was not completed in the United States, applicants are requested to send certified English translations of transcripts certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member (www.naces.org) or Association of International Credentials Evaluators
  • Proof of a four-year Bachelor's degree in the form official transcripts. If the degree was earned outside the United States, transcripts have to be evaluated, if applicable, and assessed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).
  • Contact the Registrar here with questions or for assistance.

Applicants who have earned a degree from a higher education institution in which the primary language of instruction was not English must take an English-language proficiency exam. Minimum scores are 69 on the internet-based TOEFL, 525 on the paper-based TOEFL, and 197 on the computer-based TOEFL.

Desired qualifications:
  • Comfort with everyday math and exposure to economics and statistics
  • Familiarly with Microsoft Office software
  • Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) desired for review but not required.
    Note: You do not need to take these tests for Cogswell, though we’d like to see the results if you have previously taken them.
Think our program is the right fit for you? Please provide the following information:
  • Evidence of undergraduate degree completion and transcripts
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in our entrepreneurship program and how it aligns with your career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic or professional and one personal)
Admissions materials may be sent via email to: grad_admissions@cogswell.edu

Paper materials should be addressed to:
Graduate Admissions
Cogswell College
1175 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089 USA


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FAQs

How long does the program take?
Students taking 2 courses per semester load will take 1 year to complete the program. Students who take 1 course at a time could take up to 2 years to complete the program.

How much does it cost?
$17,000 total ($1,700 per course)

Is the program entirely online?
Yes. The Master's in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program is a mix of self-paced online coursework and scheduled digital sessions.

Are financial aid and scholarships available?
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Learn more about available financial aid and scholarships (up to $5,000) here.

Can I transfer credits?
Cogswell will accept up to 6 semester credit hours upon review and approval of the Registrar.

What are expectations for online students?
Certain courses may require students to log-on at specific times. In addition, online students are subject to Cogswell College policies, including the College’s attendance policy.

Deadlines? Start dates?
Our program is designed to be a flexible learning experience to fit your busy schedule. We operate on 8-week terms and a rolling admissions cycle.

You can begin your coursework at the start of:
  • Fall Session A, typically in early September
  • Fall Session B, typically in mid/ late October
  • Spring Session A, typically in early January
  • Spring Session B, typically in mid-March
  • Summer Session, typically early June

Computer requirements?
Student must have access to a computer (suggested no more than 3 years old) with high-speed internet access and a webcam.

What are the admissions requirements?
  • Official high school transcripts, GED completion, or its equivalent. If secondary education was not completed in the United States, applicants are requested to send certified English translations of transcripts certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member. (www.naces.org) or Association of International Credentials Evaluators.
  • Proof of a four-year Bachelor's degree in the form official transcripts. If the degree was earned outside the United States, transcripts have to be evaluated, if applicable, and assessed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).
  • A passion for entrepreneurial ventures.
  • 4. Applicants who have earned a degree from a higher education institution in which the primary language of instruction was not English must take an English-language proficiency exam. Minimum scores are 69 on the internet-based TOEFL, 525 on the paper-based TOEFL, and 197 on the computer-based TOEFL.
How do I apply? Application Fees?
  • Visit our online application form here.
  • Call: 1-855-361-5930

What test scores are required? Do I need GMAT/GRE?
GMAT and GRE scores are desired for review but not required.

How do I know if you’ve received my information?
You will receive a confirmation email and follow-up phone call from one of our program advisors.

What happens after I’m admitted?
You will be issued with an acceptance letter indicating your start date, scholarships (if applicable) and other details.

Do I need a business venture?
While it is not required, it is helpful to have an idea for a business so that you are able to integrate it into the coursework. Our faculty mentors will help you to formulate and expand these ideas.



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COURSES

  • Business Models & Planning
  • Legal Structures, Contracts & Risk Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Sales & Negotiations
  • Creativity, Ideation & Innovation
  • Social Media & Online Marketing
  • Leadership & Management
  • Practicum

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Communicate effectively and compellingly to achieve business goals
  • Apply management and leadership best practices in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Solve business problems in an innovative manner
  • Develop entrepreneurial marketing plans and financial models
  • Create a business model and/or growth plan for a new venture

SILICON VALLEY FACTS

  • 2.92 million people live in Silicon Valley.
  • The average annual salary in SV is $107,395.
  • Greater Silicon Valley makes up just 1.22% of California’s land area, but is home to 77.2% of its venture capital.

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