Entrepreneurship & Innovation

for the graduate concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (on campus & online)


program director: Keilin Jahnke 

program website https://tec.illinois.edu/academics 


program faculty: https://tec.illinois.edu/about/directory/faculty

college website: https://grainger.illinois.edu/

program email: tec@illinois.edu

program office:  350 Coordinated Science Lab, 1308 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: 217-244-3124


The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration provides students with the skills, resources, and experiences necessary to become successful innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who tackle grand challenges to change the world. 

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration requires students to complete 12 credit hours of core and elective courses.  Participating departments will be responsible for defining how credits from this concentration apply to the student’s graduate degree.  Students must be enrolled in an eligible engineering graduate degree program from one of the participating departments.

Students must be enrolled in one of the following graduate degree programs:

Bioengineering, MEng (on campus and online) Bioengineering: Bioinstrumentation, MEng (on campus & online)
Bioengineering: Computational Genomics, MEng (on campus & online) Bioengineering: General Bioengineering, MEng (on campus & online)
Engineering: Aerospace Systems Engineering, MEng (On campus & Online) Electrical & Computer Engineering, MEng (on campus & online)
Engineering: Plasma Engineering, MEng (On campus & Online) Engineering: Energy Systems, MEng (on campus & online)
Mechanical Engineering, MEng Engineering: Railway Engineering, MEng

for the graduate concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (on campus and online)


The concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation requires students to complete 12 credit hours from a list of select courses and to earn a B or higher in each course. Participating departments will be responsible for defining how credits from this concentration apply to the student’s major. 

Core Courses6
Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship
Technology Entrepreneurship
Technol Innovation & Strategy
Elective Courses 16
Startups: Incorporation, Funding, Contracts, & Intellectual Property
High-Tech Venture Marketing
Advanced Creativity
Finance for Engineering Mgmt
Venture Funded Startups
Total Hours12

Other Requirements

A minimum of 4 500-level credit hours.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Participating departments will be responsible for defining how credits from this concentration apply to the student’s primary program of study.

Students may select a different elective course in consultation with their Advisor and the Technology Entrepreneur  Center.