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M.S. in Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship
As an online student, most of your interactions with the university will be done through various websites. For example:
Our number one priority is you! Our team has prepared a checklist of items that will set you up for success and clarify all action items as a new student. After you have enrolled for your first term, please complete and review all of the following before classes start.
This webinar will go over a comprehensive look at your program and what to expect as an online learner including resources and tips for success. Each webinar should last around 30-40 minutes. Please RSVP for your Welcome Webinar as soon as possible.
In this call, you’ll “meet” a member of your Student Success Team for your program. Once you attend the welcome webinar, you will be given the link to schedule your new student check-in call. This will be a chance for us to answer any additional questions you have before you start your first term. Please be sure to have any Blackboard-related, program-related, or finance-related questions prepared.
Once you have been registered in your classes, you will be able to access your New Student Orientation Course on Blackboard within 24 hours. When accessing Blackboard, please make sure to use Firefox or Chrome as your browser.
The New Student Orientation course is designed to help you navigate your way around Blackboard prior to beginning your first class. You will learn where to find the syllabus, course schedule, assignments, and the discussion board.
Your Orientation is mandatory, and must be completed before the first day of class—so we encourage you to get started! Please plan to spend about 8 hours completing the Orientation course. You can move through the Orientation at your own pace, so schedule your time accordingly.
Looking for assistance? View the guide for navigating your Blackboard Orientation course.
We recommend that students start this planning early as some funding sources can take some time to process. Tuition payments should be completed in full by the first day of the semester. Visit the “Tuition & Payment Methods” section for more information.
Please make sure to review your student handbook prior to the first day of class, and reference it as needed throughout your program. The handbook is where you can find information on academic expectations, drop and refund policy, technology requirements, curriculum, frequently asked questions, and more.
2023 Dates: Monday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 26, 2023
The Graduate Student Success Program is an optional opportunity for students to unpack the hidden curriculum of graduate school, connect with other graduate students across the university, and feel empowered to step into the new identity of being a graduate student and scholar. Through workshops and presentations, our virtual program will address questions such as:
Below is a list of significant dates regarding the registration process, payment deadlines, and other important academic and program deadlines.
Summer 2023 Dates & Deadlines
|Application Deadline||April 10, 2023|
|Registration Opens||March 6, 2023|
|Registration Deadline||April 21, 2023|
|Orientation Course Due Date||May 5, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund||May 8, 2023|
|Payment Due Date||May 9, 2023|
|Semester Begins||May 9, 2023|
|First Course Start Date||May 9, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 95% Refund/ Drop Deadline||May 12, 2023|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course A||June 5, 2023|
|First Course End Date||June 26, 2023|
|Second Course Start Date||June 27, 2023|
|First Course Final Grade Submission Due Date||July 11, 2023|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course B||July 24, 2023|
|Second Course End Date||August 14, 2023|
|Semester Ends||August 14, 2023|
|Second Course Final Grade Submission Due Date||August 28, 2023|
Fall 2023 Dates & Deadlines
|Application Deadline||August 1, 2023|
|Registration Opens||July 5, 2023|
|Registration Deadline||August 14, 2023|
|Orientation Course Due Date||September 1, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund||September 4, 2023|
|Payment Due Date||September 5, 2023|
|Semester Begins||September 5, 2023|
|First Course Start Date||September 5, 2023|
|Last Day to Drop with 95% Refund/ Drop Deadline||September 8, 2023|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course A||October 2, 2023|
|First Course End Date||October 23, 2023|
|Second Course Start Date||October 24, 2023|
|First Course Final Grade Submission Due Date||November 6, 2023|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course B||November 20, 2023|
|Second Course End Date||December 11, 2023|
|Semester Ends||December 11, 2023|
|Second Course Final Grade Submission Due Date||December 25, 2023|
Spring 2024 Dates & Deadlines
|Application Deadline||December 1, 2023|
|Registration Opens||November 1, 2023|
|Registration Deadline||December 15, 2023|
|Orientation Course Due Date||January 5, 2024|
|Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund||January 8, 2024|
|Payment Due Date||January 9, 2024|
|Semester Begins||January 9, 2024|
|First Course Start Date||January 9, 2024|
|Last Day to Drop with 95% Refund/ Drop Deadline||January 12, 2024|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course A||February 5, 2024|
|First Course End Date||February 26, 2024|
|Second Course Start Date||February 27, 2024|
|First Course Final Grade Submission Due Date||March 11, 2024|
|Last Day to Withdraw from Course B||March 25, 2024|
|Second Course End Date||April 15, 2024|
|Semester Ends||April 15, 2024|
|Second Course Final Grade Submission Due Date||April 29, 2024|
You have most likely already filled out an Enrollment Agreement, which enables our team to register you for classes each term. No further action is required on your part.
If you are not able to register for both of your courses in a given term, please contact your program coordinator immediately. This often happens for students who need to take a leave of absence.
Students are required to have their textbooks on hand by the first day of class. Unless otherwise specified, students may select any vendor they prefer (such as Amazon.com, Half.com, Alibris.com, etc.) to purchase their course materials. In the event a specific vendor is required, it will be specified in the course materials list. The best way to ensure that you have the correct book is to search by the ISBN number(s) listed on the book list.
Physical copies of books are not on hand at the USD Torero Store. The USD Torero online store does offer price comparisons for different online vendors for some books.
Although all textbooks for all courses are listed, students only need to purchase the items for the classes they are taking for the semester.
If your course is indicated to have a “Digital Inclusive Access” textbook, you do have the option to use the integrated Vitalsource e-textbook without needing to purchase a textbook through an outside vendor. For more information, view the “Digital Inclusive Access” FAQs document.
Tuition at USD is billed per semester, not per course. Payment (or enrollment in an official USD payment plan) is always due by the first day of the semester. Students may not carry balances from one semester to the next.
Accounts with outstanding balances after the official payment due date may be subject to course cancellations/removal or a student account hold during the semester; related holds can prevent upcoming registration, graduation, or obtaining transcripts.
Remember: tuition is always due by the first day of each semester.
Once you have been registered for your courses, your student account will reflect the appropriate tuition costs according to your program. Your program’s tuition is the following:
Students who need to re-take or withdraw from a course may need to pay additional fees according to the Refund/Drop Deadline policies listed in your Student Handbook.
If you have any questions about your Student Account, please reach out to the One Stop Center via email at [email protected] or phone at 619-260-2700. All costs and fees are subject to change and are based on the academic year of enrollment.
Students will be registered for their prescribed courses each semester. All courses must be dropped prior to the first day of the semester to receive a 100% tuition refund and within the first three days of the start date of the semester to receive a 95% tuition refund. No refund (reversal of tuition) will be provided after the third day of the semester for any class.
You can track your progress toward earning your degree using the Degree Works feature in your MySanDiego student portal. Degree Works shows you which courses you have completed, grades, cumulative GPA, any outstanding graduation requirements, and more!
To access Degree Works:
Submitting your petition to graduate is a requirement for every student. About a semester before your final term, you will be reminded by your Program Coordinator to submit your petition to graduate. Once completed, your Academic Coordinator will review your academic record and contact you if there are any outstanding requirements or issues.
If you are planning on participating in the commencement ceremony (which means walking in your cap and gown here on campus), you will be invited to come to the University of San Diego in the month of May to participate in the ceremony. Commencement details and information will be sent from your Student Success Team around the month of February. Please note, there is only one commencement ceremony each academic year. Fall graduates will be invited to the commencement ceremony the May after they graduate, while Summer graduates will be invited to the commencement ceremony the May before they graduate.
The registrar will process their final audit of the degrees 6-8 weeks after grades are posted for your final semester. Once the degree is conferred in the system, the Registrar will order your diploma from the vendor and the vendor will send it to you directly to the address that was listed on your petition to graduate. Mailing time is an additional 6-8 weeks from the date of order, and you will likely receive your diploma in the mail in 3-4 months after you have completed your degree requirements. *Please note, if your mailing address changes after you submit your Petition to Graduate, please notify the Graduate Records office at (619) 260-2217 or [email protected].
The 33 unit program will consist of thirteen courses. Courses will be offered year-round with three semesters every year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each semester will last 14 weeks. Students will take two courses per semester. Courses will run for seven weeks each with a one or two-week break in between semesters. This intensive format will allow students to focus on one course at a time and to still complete the degree program in 20 months.
This course is designed to give students a foundational understanding of how electronic communication systems and networks are built, their capabilities, modern systems and how systems evolve. Students will learn the basic elements of both communication systems and networks using the industry terminology and key metrics that describe them. Students will be able to describe systems using the commonly used ISO “layered” abstraction model from physical connections through application-level information exchange. Building upon these core understandings the student will be able to describe the Internet and upcoming 5G Wireless networks using the terminology and tools they’ve learned. The course will also build upon the technical material to describe non-technical forces that have governed the history and evolution of systems such as Industrial competition, International and country-specific standards, backward compatibility and Security.
This course has two primary objectives: (1) to provide an understanding of the formation and financing of startups and other small businesses, and (2) to provide a foundational understanding of the principles of finance and how they relate to business entities. Students will learn how funding from angel investors, venture capital funds, private equity funds, and corporate partners finds its way to entrepreneurial pursuits. Methods of valuation and the distinct concerns and points of view of the business and the potential investors will be analyzed and understood. Topics include the time value of money, risk and return, cost of capital, capital market efficiency, capital budgeting, cash flow projection, and firm valuation. Students will also learn the accounting principles, conventions, and concepts underlying financial reporting with the objective of developing the ability to analyze and interpret financial statements. At the end of the course, students will be led through a structured “hackathon” process that assists them in the process of converting an idea into a viable startup launch strategy.
The objective of this course is to give students a foundational technical and business understanding of cloud and mobile computing. Students will learn about basic tradeoffs between Centralized vs. Distributed computing. They will understand how and why today’s computing, networking, and ubiquitous network technologies created today’s cloud computing paradigm. Students will understand how software operating systems, and “stacks”, evolved with the hardware to create changes in the software “unit of deployment” and how this drives efficiencies and lower prices. Students will analyze the business offerings of leading cloud computing suppliers and write a simple program to run on one of the cloud services. Finally, students will look at an example emerging application and describe “use cases” to identify considerations for partitioning the workload between central (cloud) and distributed (mobile or IoT) devices.
This course is an introduction to the emergence and proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on Cybersecurity. IoT has evolved well beyond its initial value proposition as a way to understand the flow of goods and services using RFID tags, to transforming physical systems consisting of sensors, actuators, and controllers into a complex network of connected devices. Along the way, simple open source computing engines with diverse I/O portfolios, such as Arduino® and Raspberry Pi®, as well as proprietary embedded processors such as the Qualcomm Dragon Board® have enabled the development and implementation of diverse IoT applications. In this course, students will be introduced to the history of IoT, key developments in the field, and advances enabled by IoT technologies in markets such as home and building automation, wearables and telemedicine, connected cars, and the smart grid.
The proliferation of IoT has also elevated concerns about cybersecurity, simply as a result of the explosion of access points in large networks. To understand such issues, students will be instructed on the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including understanding concepts of threats, vulnerabilities, and risk as the definition of “security” for a system. The course will examine types of security policy frameworks, provide definitions and examples of contemporary technical, administrative, and physical security controls setting the foundation for system engineering requirements. Common attacks and mitigations will be analyzed to provide an evaluation and comparison of common, contemporary
This course covers the process of identifying and quantifying market opportunities, then conceptualizing, planning, and either starting a new, technology-based enterprise or creating an innovation ecosystem within larger organizations. Topics include opportunity assessment, the value proposition, the entrepreneur, legal issues, entrepreneurial ethics, the business plan, the founding team, seeking customers and raising funds. Working in teams, students develop business models for a start-up projects that can launch as a standalone company or as an intrapreneurship team. Projects are experiential and require incrementally designing the business model and the product/service while talking to customers/stakeholders each week. The course is intended for students who want to start their own business upon graduation, further develop an existing business, be a member of a management team in a new enterprise, or better understand the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial process.
This course is intended for students to understand challenges in managing technology organizations, choosing from different models a leadership approach that best suits the needs of the company. The course explores the value of leadership in technology-intensive environments, and provides students with the tools necessary to inculcate a positive corporate culture and instill organizational processes and best practices most suited for the organization. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to (i) make changes in their style of leadership and improve their effectiveness in managing technology organizations, (ii) implement strategy and process within their organization to increase trust, transparency, and ownership, (iii) develop best practices for the organization that are aligned with technology needs, and (iv) institute metrics and Continuous Improvement Processes (CIP).
This course is based on fundamental concepts of understanding business intelligence systems and data science techniques in a managerial approach. Course topics include big data concepts and technologies, statistical modeling and data visualization, business intelligence, decision support systems, data mining techniques, text and Web mining methodologies, future trends, and considerations in data science.
Industry 4.0 refers to the notion of a “digital factory,” where technology-based innovations transform almost every stage and aspect of how a product concept is brought to market. It covers the full range of topics from design tools and simulation environments that reduce gaps between product design and manufacturing, to planning and implementing (discrete and continuous) manufacturing lines based on Internet of Things (IoT) architecture and design principles. In this course, students will learn the fundamental concepts upon which Industry 4.0 has been developed, currently available design and simulation tools for products and services, the integration of IoT methods, devices, and controllers into manufacturing systems (also known as Industrial IoT, or IIoT), and the development of industrial TCP/IP communication and networking standards. In the final weeks of the course, students will discuss challenges and opportunities in the evolution of Industry 4.0 in the manufacturing sector. This part of the course will look at advanced robotics, software-as-service, the use of machine learning to organize and optimize global operations.
This course is designed to have students understand the fundamental concepts related to the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Students completing the course will have the skill sets required to analyze and design: 1) solar systems that use photovoltaics (PV); 2) small- and large-scale wind systems; 3) energy systems consisting of renewable generation and energy storage technologies; 4) smart grid technologies in transmission and distribution; and 5) building systems including lighting and HVAC. In addition, they will develop problem-solving skills in sustainable energy and energy efficiency and explore future trends in energy systems to understand opportunities and obstacles present in the creation of energy technology ventures.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, and Exits (M&A) from the perspective of the suitor and target business executive. The course will cover the key aspects of the M&A process including corporate strategy, IPO’s, target selection and screening, valuation, deal negotiation, legal concerns, due diligence, pre-closing activities, announcement, integration, and reporting.
As individuals rise in an organization, they get a wider view of responsibilities, Entrepreneurship Projects in Connectivity are proposed by individuals, small groups, or faculty members and must be approved by the MITE Faculty. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship curriculum.
Entrepreneurship Projects in Connectivity are proposed by individuals, small groups, or faculty members and must be approved by the MITE Faculty. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship curriculum.
Entrepreneurship Projects in Connectivity are proposed by individuals, small groups, or faculty members and must be approved by the MITE Faculty. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship curriculum.
This list is helpful resources that will set you up for success. Haven’t written in APA formatting since your undergraduate program? We’ve got you covered! Want to know what type of computer you will need? No problem. We have listed helpful resources below.
You must own or have unrestricted access to a computer for this program. A fast Internet connection is also mandatory.
Courses will utilize a variety of technologies and multimedia. To complete course activities and to access course content, please verify that you have the following technologies and plug-ins available:
All writing assignments must be formatted according to APA standards. Discussion posts must contain the appropriate APA citations. If you want additional writing support, we recommend Purdue Online Writing Lab ([email protected]). In addition to general writing support, the website includes a special section dedicated to APA formatting guidelines.
Another helpful writing resource is the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) Graduate Student Writing Center. Enrolled students can submit assignments for review by a writing professional.
Students at the University of San Diego are able to download Microsoft Office 365 for free! If you don’t have it already, you can download the Microsoft Office 365 suite using your USD student email.
TimelyCare is a provider of 24/7, no-cost telehealth services for USD students to address common conditions that can be safely diagnosed and treated remotely. TimelyCare services are available at no cost to the student. Services include:
The handbook is where you can find information on academic expectations, drop and refund policy, technology requirements, curriculum, frequently asked questions, and more.
USD does not offer subject-specific tutoring resources, so students who are looking for tutoring support are encouraged to identify a tutor using Wyzant.com. Please note that Wyzant is not a USD-managed resource, so use them at your own discretion.
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In your program, you can think of Canvas as your virtual tool to share information with professors and peers. You will use Canvas to access your course content, find course syllabi, review your assignments, and more. Be sure to use your USD login credential to log in. If you have any difficulty logging into your course, be sure to contact ITS at (619) 260-7900 or [email protected].
The concept of netiquette covers proper communication online. Read our guidelines to help cultivate a supportive and productive online environment.
At USD, you join a community of individuals who are all committed to one common goal: your success. As you familiarize yourself with your team, take the opportunity to virtually meet and connect with the resources available to you as a student. Click on the profiles below to learn more about each office or staff member and watch a brief video about their role in supporting you through graduation.
Whether you’re hoping to find a new job or earn a promotion, USD has a wealth of resources available to prepare you for your dream role.
Networking is an important part of the MITE experience. Here are some resources to help you get started:
Tuition for the MS-ITE program is $925 per unit.
The online MS-ITE program is a total of 33 units set to be completed in five (5) terms.
During the first two terms, students will enroll in two prescribed courses each semester for a total of six (6) semester units. During the final three terms of the program, students will be enrolled in three prescribed courses each term for a total of seven (7) semester units.
The University of San Diego considers 9 or more units as full-time student status. Your program is designed to be part-time, and students enroll in just 6 units per semester. There is no full-time option for this program.
All students are manually enrolled each semester by the USD Student Success team. If you are not able to enroll for a term or if you need to drop your courses, it is your responsibility to notify your Program Coordinator. All students will be held to the respective drop deadlines and refund schedule detailed in your Student Handbook.
Login to your my.sandiego.edu student portal. Under the “My Student Account” tab, review the tutorials for directions on how to view and pay your bill, set up a payment plan, and enroll in eRefund (Direct Deposit). View the “Tuition & Payment Methods” on your Student Success Center for further details.
Log into your my.sandiego.edu student portal and navigate to the “Torero Hub” section on the sidebar. Click on the “My Academics” tab and locate the “View My Grades” link in the top-middle section. Alternatively, you can view your program progress at a glance using the “Degree Works” link.
If you notice a grade inconsistency between Blackboard and your MySanDiego portal, please email your instructor to verify what the final grade should be. Your instructor has the ability to update the posted grade.
Log into your my.sandiego.edu student portal and then use the “Degree Works” link to view your degree audit.
You can find the “Degree Works” link in the Torero Hub under the “My Academics” page. If you are interested in requesting a tailored degree plan, please email [email protected]
If you need to take time off from your program, please email your Program Coordinator or the Student Success team at [email protected]. Since you have submitted your enrollment commitment, our team will automatically register you in courses each term unless you have previously notified the team about taking a break.
To order your official, unofficial, or e-transcript(s), view the transcript ordering options page. Otherwise, you can view unofficial/order official transcripts through your MySanDiego portal. Under the “Torero Hub” sidebar option, click on the “My Academics” page, then click on “Request Official Transcript” under the “My Classes” section.
Congratulations on finishing your program! Diplomas are mailed about 6-8 weeks after the degree requirements have been met and processed. Diplomas are mailed to the current address on file at the time degree requirements are completed. (To check your address information, login to your my.sandiego.edu student portal and view your personal information under My Torero Services.)
You will first be emailed a copy of your e-diploma from Parchment prior to receiving your mailed physical diploma.
Throughout your program and after graduation, your Student Success team is here to help! We recommend contacting your Program Coordinator directly, but you can also email our team address at [email protected]
In addition to our team, your Academic Director is a great resource!
All writing assignments must be formatted according to APA standards. Discussion posts must contain the appropriate APA citations. If you are unfamiliar with APA formatting, or simply require additional writing support, we recommend referencing the Purdue Online Writing Lab (also called [email protected]). In addition to general writing support, the website includes a special section dedicated to APA formatting guidelines.
To further support your writing, we highly recommend using the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) Graduate Student Writing Center. Students are encouraged to submit written course assignments via the digital submission form for online feedback from a professional writing coach. See site for details.
This course moves very quickly, and it is important that you turn in all assignments on or before their due dates. If, because of an emergency, you have missed a week or more of course work, please contact your professor immediately to inform them. While there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to make up your work, informing your professor early is the best way to get back on track and finish your course successfully.
Please do not wait more than a week without informing your professor. If your instructor’s email is not already visible on the Blackboard course, please use the USD directory to find their contact information.