Why a Master of Entrepreneurship?
ESTEEM is an innovative 11-month entrepreneurship master’s program designed to instill the specific skills required to launch a business. Unlike the traditional M.B.A., an entrepreneurship master’s focuses on the direct application of business skills in an entrepreneurial environment. ESTEEM sets itself apart from other entrepreneur master’s programs by putting students in the middle of real-time startup development. In addition, a wide network of investors and alumni are available to help launch ventures inspired by students' capstone projects. Learn more about our Entrepreneur Master's ProgramApply Merit Scholarships Available
Where Bright Ideas Meet Bold Execution
Our Master's of Entrepreneurship program is a collaborative effort of the University of Notre Dame's College of Engineering, College of Science, and Mendoza College of Business. This interdisciplinary program is designed for students interested in developing business akills with a focus on emerging technologies and entrepreneurship - it's not just business; it's the business of innovation. Previously open only to those with undergraduate STEM degrees, the program is now open to anyone with significant experience in research and technology.
As an ESTEEM student you will receive an intensive, hands-on education in – and exposure to – the world of entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialization of research. Drawing from leading faculty from all three colleges, our multi-disciplinary approach will provide you with a unique and solid foundation of learning and skill-set development in the core business fundamentals you will need to successfully bring new ideas to market. Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Launch Strategy, Business Model Canvass, Design Thinking, Technology and Ethics, Big Data Analytics, Design Entrepreneurship, Funding New Venture – and more – are taught to empower, to enable, and to inspire you to change the world.
Through our cornerstone capstone thesis project that immediately translates classroom learning into go-to-market commercialization strategies, you will learn by doing. With over 50% of our capstone thesis projects having been provided through corporate sponsors, you will be immersed in cutting edge - and real life - opportunities to have entrepreneurship come to life in a unique and powerful way. Learn more by checking out current and former student projects in the thesis spotlight.
The University of Notre Dame ranks in the top 100 research institutions for biological sciences, physics, chemistry, and computer science. US News & World Report lists Notre Dame in the top 50 engineering programs, and in the top 25 graduate business schools. In addition to world-class research and post-graduate education, the Notre Dame campus is home to numerous centers and institutes that act as engines of innovation.
The ESTEEM program is an entrepreneur master's program that offers a true entrepreneurial environment that fosters promising ideas through activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Incubators and support services include Innovation Park, Notre Dame Alumni Association, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Fellow Irish Social Hub.
Students are also introduced to a wide network of investors and alumni available to help launch ventures. Workshops with angel investors and VCs – both at Notre Dame and during the spring break trip to Silicon Valley – are supplemented with access through the Irish Innovation Fund, Irish Angels, and the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, all of whom have provided funding for ESTEEM program graduates.
For her thesis project, Abbey is working on her Founder’s Idea, which is a surgical instrument designed to enhance the suction and irrigation capabilities in laparoscopic surgeries.
Amy has since started work as an Associate Consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago. Her various experiences during ESTEEM, such as helping to organize Startup Weekend Notre Dame and getting to the semi-finals of the McCloskey Business Plan competition have each prepared her with a different skill set that she continues to use today.