Why a Master's 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 entrepreneurship 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 Entrepreneurship 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 skills 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. Our multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on leading faculty from all three colleges, 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 Canvas, Design Thinking, Technology and Ethics, Big Data Analytics, Design Entrepreneurship, Funding New Ventures – and more – are taught to empower, enable, and inspire you to change the world.
Your capstone thesis project will allow you to translate your classroom learning into go-to-market commercialization strategies. With over 50% of capstone thesis projects receiving corporate sponsorship, 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.
Chris attended the University of Notre Dame and received a bachelors degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. While at Notre Dame, Chris participated in Club Rowing, Club Soccer, and the Boxing Club “Bengal Bouts”.
Ashley graduated from ESTEEM in 2013 and currently is the CEO of Torigen Pharmaceuticals - a start-up that resulted from her capstone thesis project.