For Those with Connectivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Interest … a Universe of Possibilities
Perhaps you’ve got ideas that you believe can change the world.
Perhaps you are a tech innovator whose success has propelled you into a leadership role, now seeking new knowledge and skills to help you turn your vision of the future into reality.
Perhaps you see the potential for advances in technology and connectivity to create market opportunities for a startup or an existing business.
Welcome to the future.
Welcome to the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship degree program — a one-of-kind learning and professional growth experience built to help you gain the skills, perspectives and insights you need to achieve what lies ahead
What is your Big Idea and how will you bring it to its fullest potential?
What is your greatest challenge as an executive leader, and how will you develop the business, marketing and leadership knowhow needed to realize your potential for success?
If these ideas excite you — or if they speak to the inner, entrepreneurial restlessness that drives you to excel as you imagine great things on the horizon — please read on to learn more about whether our MITE program might be right for you!
Inside the Master of Science in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (MITE) Program
We call our online Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship master’s degree program MITE for short; and we pronounce it “Mighty” because it is thoughtfully crafted from the ground up to be an incredibly powerful experience for degree candidates who are motivated to scale innovative ideas and fuel the growth of their organizations and enterprises.
Master’s | Innovation | Technology | Entrepreneurship = MITE
MITE is sharply focused on the concept, the current reality and the seemingly limitless future possibilities of “connectivity.” The fast-moving connectivity landscape is fertile ground for innovation, as advancing technologies like 5G-fueled IoT create unprecedented opportunities for business enterprises and for society as a whole.
“The need for connectivity in every facet of society has never been more pressing than it is right now,” says wireless technology leader Qualcomm. “More than just imagining new possibilities, people all over the world are now working beyond the office, learning beyond the classroom, and experiencing healthcare beyond the traditional doctor’s office or clinic.”
Such descriptions of the connectivity ecosystem sound like a clarion call to many technology innovators and entrepreneurs. How about you?
The MITE program is geared to be an incredibly valuable experience for such individuals as:
- Startup entrepreneurs
- Tech achievers advancing into leadership roles
- Business professionals intent on learning how to navigate the technology innovation landscape
- Newly minted and seasoned C-Suite executives in a broad range of industries (including CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, etc.)
- Innovators interested in “changing how the world works”
- You tell us (each applicant is asked to submit a statement explaining your interest and experience in the connectivity vertical, and your goals from this degree program)
Admission to the MITE program will require a bachelor’s degree with strong academic credentials, preferably in a STEM or business discipline.
Preference will be given to candidates with industry experience or other relevant real-life experiences.
Key attributes of the USD MITE program include:
- Perhaps the only U.S. master’s program whose degree is awarded jointly by schools of Engineering and Business (program participants “learn to speak both languages”)
- Perhaps the only U.S. master’s degree program oriented toward a single industry vertical: connectivity
- Distinguished professors of practice with a depth and breadth of immediately relevant hands-on experience and insights to share
- Personalized learning (faculty advisors work with/guide students so that learning in core and elective courses is contextualized for individualized development)
Bleeding Edge Curriculum Tailored to the Needs of Rising Tech Execs
The Master of Science in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program features “just-in-time” curriculum offerings that enable graduates in connectivity enterprises to immediately apply your learning to solve both day-to-day and strategic challenges with an entrepreneurial and innovation-minded approach.
Our curriculum is geared to provide cross-functional leadership training.
Many rising technology and business professionals find themselves in need of new skillsets when advancing into leadership roles (for example: sales, marketing, product management, human resources, team-building, etc.).
Additionally, technology professionals may need grounding in fundamental and advanced business models, concepts and practices; while business entrepreneurs may benefit from a deep dive into navigating the world of technology innovation, financing, product/market fit and more.
The MITE degree is a 33-unit project-based program with 15 units covering the technical aspects of technology innovation in the connectivity vertical and 15 units with focused coaching on business, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Of critical importance, the program has a built-in Capstone experience in which students are placed on project teams for in-depth work on developing a specific idea or product.
Capstone work rolls out over multiple semesters, with each segment of the Capstone connected to one of the phases of starting and running a business or business unit. For example:
- Developing the idea and working to assess and understand the market
- Designing the product/service and undergoing processes for market validation
- Building a business model
Students will work closely with each other and with program faculty advisors for a collaborative, hands-on learning experience.
High-Caliber Faculty: Real-World Experts, Hands-On Instruction
The MITE program connects you with world-class faculty possessing a depth and breadth of experience as startup entrepreneurs, high-achieving tech CEOs, patent-holding Ph.D. engineers, sought-after industry advisors and award-winning academics.
Each faculty member is engaged in working closely with students to make the MITE learning experience one that you can use to transform your career and achieve your most important goals.
Our professors of practice bring extensive experience in companies engaged in the development and sale of products and services in the connectivity market, and all of them understand how to build and defend intellectual property (IP) portfolios.
To recap, our high-caliber faculty team possesses advanced degrees and deep experience in the following areas:
- C-Suite leadership
- Startup entrepreneurship
- Venture capital
- Angel investing
- Initial public offerings
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Board of director service
- Product development
- Market validation
- University teaching
Additionally, the MITE program leverages ongoing input and insight from a hand-picked Advisory Board of successful industry leaders and CEOs.
Program Goals: Help You Accelerate Your Career, ‘Redefine the Possible’
It is not an exaggeration to say that the connectivity vertical “connects” to practically every other industry, as well as government, nonprofits and organizations working to solve shared challenges critical to the betterment of humankind.
This means that, whatever domain you are currently immersed in, this program will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed at the highest levels; or to change course and apply your innovation and entrepreneurship expertise to literally any area of interest.
The range of learner outcomes for graduates of the USD MITE program includes the ability to:
- Successfully launch entrepreneurial ventures in the connectivity vertical.
- Develop structures that promote innovation and intrapreneurship in mature companies engaged in connectivity business.
- Develop organizational vision, mission and goals consistent with those of technology-based corporations and be able to articulate them from strategic and financial perspectives.
- Develop a personal style of leadership and management based upon an understanding of the model of influence most aligned with their natural abilities.
- Build high-performing teams, manage people’s productivity and handle personnel issues with an understanding of the impact “social system concepts” have within organizations.
As multinational technology and professional services consultant Deloitte observes in an article titled “Connectivity of Tomorrow,” every day we are seeing “more companies embrace the connectivity of tomorrow trend by exploring how a host of advanced networking capabilities can be used to enhance products, services and enterprise architectures.”
The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program aligns with the philosophy expressed by the term “redefine the possible” by preparing each student to embrace the connectivity of tomorrow today.
Admissions (Earn Your Degree in 20 Months)
Candidates who possess real-world experience will be best positioned for acceptance into the program. Those who are currently working in or aspiring to startup entrepreneurship roles, rising connectivity leaders and innovation-minded business executives will be particularly well-served by the MITE program.
Each program applicant will be asked to share a statement explaining his or her interest in the connectivity market, and their path to leadership positions.
Students are admitted throughout the year for enrollment into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall). Each semester two courses are offered, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time — a total of seven weeks for each course.
Admission applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of your application being submitted. For details on specific requirements needed for admission, please visit our Admissions page.
University of San Diego tuition rates are competitive with other leading institutions. The cost for each program varies by credit hour; the Master of Science in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program requires a minimum of 33 total credit hours.
One of the University of San Diego’s highest priorities is to ensure that sufficient tuition and financial aid support is available to all eligible students. The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
In addition to financial aid, the University of San Diego provides assistance in securing additional financial support for students to further their education, including scholarships and grants.
Accreditation is an important quality indicator for college and university degree programs, generally regarded as a stamp of approval that ensures you will be able to apply for financial aid and transfer your credits if you decide to switch schools. Most state universities and private non-profit universities will have a regional accreditation. The University of San Diego has earned both regional and national accreditations.
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Enrollment and Academic Advisors
Applying to a graduate program can be complicated — that’s why our team of advisors is here to help answer all of your questions.
When you first inquire about our Master of Science in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor who will be available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission and guide you through the application process.
In addition, each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress and providing guidance as needed. Program Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.
Right from the start, you’ll receive support and guidance from experienced advisors who are invested in helping you achieve your education goals!
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Designed for busy working professionals who want to earn their master’s degree while balancing the demands of work and family life, the University of San Diego offers convenient, yet rigorous online learning programs that enable you to achieve your educational goals on your own schedule.
As an online graduate student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus and course resources from any computer with internet capability.
The degree you’ll earn as an online graduate student is the same as that earned by campus-based students. The online courses embody the same learning outcomes, educational rigor and high level of academic excellence.
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