Master of Business Administration

MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation FAQ

Do I need work experience to enroll in the program?

For the full-time MBA in Entrepreneurship no work experience is required. You can begin immediately after completing your undergraduate program. Because of the increased focus on innovation in the workplace, the part-time program requires 5 years of work experience. Both programs attract individuals of all ages and with diverse professional backgrounds. You do not need to have any prior business education to enroll in the program; in fact most of the students earned their undergraduate degrees in subjects other than business.

When does the program start?

The program begins in Summer of each year. The full-time program’s classes end in Maymester of the following year, but students do not officially graduate until August. This is because Clemson only awards diplomas three times per year. The part-time program also begins in Summer and runs for 27 months.

What time are classes and where are they located?

In person classes are all held in downtown Greenville at 1 North Main Street. Full-time classes are scheduled Monday – Thursday during the day. The bulk of part-time classes are held online at designated times, one evening per class. To obtain the contact hours required for accreditation, part-time students are required to meet in Greenville two weekends per semester from noon on Friday until noon on Sunday. Part-time students will be provided with a hotel room free of charge Friday and Saturday night during their in-person weekends if needed.

How many people are in the class?

Each cohort is limited to 30 people or fewer. The cohort moves through the program as a group, with everyone taking the same classes at the same time. This model is ideal for fostering teamwork and encouraging organic formation of strategic partnerships.

Can I work while I’m in the program?

For full-time students: while it is theoretically possible to work part-time while enrolled in the program we do not recommend it. The reason is because in addition to the regular scheduled classes there are numerous events that take place in the evenings and sometimes on weekends that are an integral part of the program and experience. You will also be spending an average of 15-20 hours per week outside of class working on developing your business idea, plus regular homework.

Part-time students will of course be able to keep their current jobs as they work through the program.

What if I change my mind about my business idea or decide I don’t want to start a business after all?

Full-time students enter the program with the intention to start a venture, but may decide that the venture is unsustainable or simply change their minds about their idea. That is completely fine. In fact, we find it very unlikely that students will graduate with the exact business idea they start with. The program is designed to help you flesh out the idea and refine and change it as necessary to be successful in the marketplace. If you discover that starting a business of your own isn’t for you– not to worry. You will still be graduating with a Clemson MBA degree and a highly marketable skill set. The principles you learn attempting to start a business – critical thinking, innovation, creativity – are great assets in the corporate world as well. In fact:

“Creativity is the most important leadership quality, according to CEOs. Standouts practice and encourage experimentation and innovation throughout their organizations. To succeed, they take more calculated risks, find new ideas, and keep innovating in how they lead and communicate.”

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  • 2010 survey conducted by IBM of more than 1500 CEOs worldwide

The part-time program has a different focus – while some of the cohort may be working toward launching their own ventures, others in the group will be learning how to innovate at their current jobs. The curriculum of the part-time program is adjusted to reflect the dual needs of the part-time cohort, and each student will decide which track best suits his or her goals.