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Entrepreneurship Minor for Engineering Ph.D. Students

In collaboration with the College of Business’ Graduate Field of Management, Cornell’s College of Engineering is piloting a new program to offer Ph.D. students the opportunity to obtain a Minor in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. 

The Entrepreneurship concentration is intended primarily to meet the needs of Cornell’s Ph.D. students. The minor will allow these students to develop business acumen to exploit and optimize the commercial application of advanced technology, in addition to training in cutting-edge engineering research. The current concentrations available in the field of Management are in specific functional areas, whereas what the engineering students seek is business knowledge to convert research ideas into effective business plans, both as entrepreneurs and as employees.

Curricular Information - In order to obtain the Management minor with the Entrepreneurship concentration, engineering students will be required to complete a total of four 3-credit courses, i.e., 12 credits total (note that some Johnson electives are 1.5 or 2 credits). Three core courses are required to cover key functions of business and provide students with foundational knowledge in general management and leadership. Students may select three credits of NBA (NBA = Not MBA) electives taken for letter grade. Students must obtain a grade of B or higher to be allowed to count a course towards minor requirements. Course requirements must be completed within two years of enrolling in the minor.

Choices for core classes (all 3-credit courses)
1)    NCC 5560  Managerial Finance
2)    NCC 5500 Financial Accounting
3)    NCC 5540 Managing and Leading in Organizations
4)    NCC 5580 Managing Operations
5)    NCC 5530 Marketing Management
6)    NCC 5590 Business Strategy

Choices for electives - Any NBA courses (i.e., Johnson elective courses) may be taken for letter grade as electives towards the minor requirement. The following courses in entrepreneurship are recommended:
1)    NBA 3000 Entrepreneurship and Private Equity
2)    NBA 5640 Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership
3)    NBA 5070 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
4)    NBA 5380 The Business Idea Factory
5)    NBA 5305 Entrepreneurial Finance
6)    NBA 6520 Commercializing University Technologies
7)    NBA 6570 Entrepreneurial Marketing

For those enrolled in the program, the DGS of Management will be added as a field-appointed member on student’s special committees only during the period when the Management minor requirements are being fulfilled. The DGS of Management will not be counted as one of the student-selected members of the special committee.  

Eligibility and Application Process - Ph.D. students in Engineering and related fields are eligible, with approval of their advisors and the field of Management.

Students may apply after they complete their first year in the Ph.D. program, though courses taken in advance of admission into the program can be counted towards completion.  

The apply students are asked to submit by August 1st of the year before they wish to enter the program (e.g. August 1st, 2018 for entry during the 2018-2019 academic year).
•    A 1-page statement about their interest in the program
•    A CV including employment history
•    A letter of support from their advisor
All applications should be emailed to Gibran el-Sulayman (gae27@cornell.edu).

Questions: Please direct any questions to Prof David Erickson, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs (engr-research@cornell.edu).