Master of Science in Technology Ventures (Bicoastal)
Become a Tech Entrepreneur.
Create an idea, create a business, create a new world. Combining Carnegie Mellon’s world-class technology academics and research with the world’s most exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem, this master's degree will equip you with the tools and skills to bring your high tech ideas to market. In the current climate of innovation, there is a demand for cross-trained engineers who not only understand emerging technologies but also possess the business skills to deliver them in a way that truly impacts society.
This bicoastal 16-month program begins at Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, where you will develop a deep knowledge of cutting edge technologies. You will also learn state of the art methods for innovation and how to use technology to solve society’s biggest problems. You will then experience first-hand the day-to-day excitement - and ups and downs - of new ventures during a summer internship in Silicon Valley through our network of established startups. The final phase of the program takes place at our Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, CA. For two academic semesters, you will immerse yourself in the business aspects of technology ventures (both startup and in existing companies) -- from proof of principle, to proof of concept, to proof of commerce -- through validation, alignment, maximizing potential and launching practices. The degree’s dynamic curriculum based in entrepreneurship also allows you to develop your own venture as part of your coursework, if desired.
Through this program, you will:
- Develop an applied process for innovation that allows you to identify and solve hard societal problems
- Build expertise of an emerging technology based on your area of interest and its value in the current marketplace
- Gain hands-on experience in the burgeoning tech revolution and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Silicon Valley
- Explore the intricacies and challenges of launching a venture with coursework on funding and finances, legal frameworks, agile marketing, corporate and product management, and team and leadership development
- Receive guidance and resources to launch your own venture through startup mentorship programs like VentureBridge and strategic Institute partnerships with angel investors and venture capital firms
MSTV is also offered in a dual degree format for Carnegie Mellon students earning a master’s degree in a traditional engineering discipline, including: biomedical, mechanical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer engineering, material science and chemical engineering. Our partnership with the College of Engineering allows students to extend their master’s experience to develop further expertise in a technology, build business skills and gain exposure to Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial scene.
View the MSTV Dual Degree page for more information on the program structure and eligibility requirements.
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