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Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship

Chris Coleridge teaching

Programme overview

If you want to become the most effective and visionary entrepreneur you can be, through an action-based part-time programme, then consider the Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School.

The two-year Masters programme, which will welcome its first class in September 2018, is designed specifically for early-stage entrepreneurs. The Masters is awarded by the University of Cambridge, and is built on the foundation created by the School's successful Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, which we have been offering since 2011. We are proud of the fact that over 50 per cent of participants on the Diploma from 2011-2017 founded a business during or after the programme.

Over 24 months you will go on an entrepreneurial journey where you travel from vision to action; accelerate your progress with better odds for success through avoiding common mistakes; develop a business plan; and prepare to create a high impact venture. A critical element of the journey is peer to peer learning and interaction with your fellow students, who, like you, will be of a high calibre.

The Masters is suitable for entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (some of our best students will join us from companies in order to bring the tools and skills of entrepreneurship back to their organisations).

The part-time nature of the programme is compatible either with continued employment during the programme, or with putting an entrepreneurial vision into action during the period of study.

Is my profile suitable for the Masters?

Guidance based on your profile Is the programme suitable for me?
Work experience  
I have 0-3 years' work experience May be suitable
I have 3-5 years' work experience Yes
I have 5-10 years' work experience May be suitable - but do also look at our Diploma programme
I have 11+ years' work experience Not suitable, except for "intrapreneurs" from large companies
Background  
I have an advanced degree already May be suitable - but do also look at our Diploma programme
I have a technical or scientific background Yes
I have a professional background Yes
I have a humanities or social science background Yes

Do my ambitions match the Masters' aims?

Your ambitions Is the programme suitable for me? Notes
I want to be an entrepreneur, and know very clearly what sector/industry I am launching in; I want to launch a business during the programme Yes This is the Masters' "sweet spot" - most of our students are in this category.
I think I might want to be an entrepreneur, but I am not sure yet, and I haven’t decided what business to launch; I may or may not want to launch a business during the programme...    
...and I studied business previously No The Masters gives business skills, and is designed for those who have decided to be an entrepreneur and want to start a business, or have already started one.
...and I studied another subject previously May not be suitable The Masters is designed for those who have definitely decided to be an entrepreneur and want to start a business, or have already started one.
I already have a business and want to scale it May be suitable Do also have a look at our Diploma programme. Most "scaleup" candidates will be taking the shorter 11-month Diploma.
I want to be an intrapreneur inside a large company where I am currently employed Yes Many of our best students have this objective - and from 2018, we are offering specialist content and support in this area.
I want to work in startups for a few years before becoming an entrepreneur…    
…and I studied business previously May not be suitable The Masters will give you business-related skills. If your decide to apply, think carefully about whether you need this Masters to prepare you to work in startups.
…and I studied another subject previously Yes  
…and I have a technical background Yes  
I want to work in a large company for a few years before becoming an entrepreneur May not be suitable While the Masters' content is relevant to most business activities, especially in these innovation-focused times, our community is made up of entrepreneurs, not of people looking for career options.
I want to prepare for later PhD research in entrepreneurship No The Masters does not provide research training and therefore will not enhance your opportunities for later PhD study.
I want to work in a policy or supporting role in an innovation ecosystem May be suitable Please contact the Programme Director to discuss.
I want to be an entrepreneurship educator Yes Please contact the Programme Director to discuss.