The UTS Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship (MBAe) helps you gain the necessary skills and meet the right people to develop your entrepreneurial project. It is for people who have creative and innovative ideas and want to see them through to fruition, either as a startup entrepreneur or as a change agent in existing organisations.
How it works
As a unique one- or two-year intensive MBA designed for entrepreneurs and innovators, the flexible modular structure of the program allows students to study in stages while developing and working on their entrepreneurial or innovation project.
You don't need to put your career or entrepreneurial dreams on hold. The MBAe is designed to be undertaken while you work. It is taught over three sessions (Autumn, Spring and Summer) with classes held mostly at night and on weekends.
Flexibility is the key
While the full MBAe can be completed in one calendar year, you can also:
complete the MBAe over two years by reducing your study load.
start with the Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation, which comprises the first module of the MBAe, to get a taste of what it will be like to undertake the higher degree. This may also be an option for people with professional work experience but no prior university education.
take individual subjects from the MBAe curriculum as electives in your other postgraduate degree.
The curriculum is designed as nine integrated subjects that build your capabilities and confidence as you progress through the program. There are no electives and we recommend starting either in Autumn or Spring session. You can explore each subject in the MBAe on our course videos page.
The student experience
Find out more about what our current and past students think about the MBAe program on our MBAe student experience page.
The MBAe is taught by academics with extensive research and practical experience, and by accomplished entrepreneurs.
- Associate Professor Jochen Schweitzer is the Course Director for the MBAe. Before becoming an academic, Jochen worked as a strategy consultant and adviser for corporate and startup clients. He is trained as both an engineer and social scientist and teaches two of the studio subjects in the MBAe: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Practice, and Venture Planning and Pitching.
- Tom Bass is the Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) at UTS Business School and brings substantial startup experience, both as a founder and adviser, to the program. Tom has taken part in some of the world's best accelerator programs. He teaches the final capstone subject, Venture Planning and Pitching.
- Dr Ele Jansen is a game designer for experiential education, experimenting with connected ways of working and learning. She is trained as an anthropologist and has extensive experience in helping people find and act upon their passion. Ele teaches the subject Founder at Heart.
- Rob Deeming teaches Venture Growth and Internationalisation. As a serial entrepreneur, current CEO of a startup and Harvard MBA graduate, Rob has taken many companies from their early beginnings all the way to IPO.
- William Page is an entrepreneur, innovator, writer, public speaker, tech lover, entertainment specialist and former corporate lawyer, who co-founded FilmDoo, an international and independent film platform. He teaches Start-up Data, Marketing and Sales.
- Professor David Brown has been the owner and founder of various businesses. David is an expert in the design and use of management and accounting systems that address behavioural, decision-making and coordination problems in startups. He teaches Opportunity Commercialisation.
- Tarra van Amerongen is Managing Director of ustwo, a leading design strategy consultancy. She teaches students how to apply strategy, design thinking, data analytics and startup methods in the subject Entrepreneurship and Innovation Practice.
- Professor Prabhu Sivabalan is an award-winning educator and leads the engagement portfolio at the UTS Business School. Prabhu teaches Start-up Finance and Accounting.
- Dr Tim Rayner is a trained philosopher turned author and innovation educator. Tim specialises in entrepreneurial capacity development, cultural alignment, and lean startup best practices. He teaches Leadership, Teams and Scalability in the MBAe.
- Professor Dave Michayluk is the Head of Finance Discipline Group at UTS. He has first-hand startup experience as a director and adviser to many startup businesses, as well as a founder going through one of the world's best incubator programs. David teaches Start-up Finance and Accounting.
- Brian Dorricott is the successful founder of two businesses and also the lead facilitator for CSIRO's ON Accelerator Lean Innovation & Startup Programs. With his wealth of experience, he teaches Start-up Structures, IP and Negotiation in the MBAe.
- Leanne Sobel is a design strategist and researcher at the UTS Design Innovation Research Centre. In her work she applies human-centred design principles to the development of strategy research reports, design briefs and innovation initiatives. Leanne teaches in the subject Entrepreneurship and Innovation Practice
How you are supported
UTS offers a range of support for student entrepreneurs. As part of the MBAe, you have access to a project space − the UTS Venture Lab; the UTS Startups program; a mentor program; and non-award-based masterclasses and events with entrepreneurs and industry partners.
The MBAe has its own dedicated Venture Lab in which you can collaborate, brainstorm and innovate with other students, teaching staff and industry partners. It's located on Level 2 of our iconic Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (UTS Business School, Building 8) and is a vibrant space for networking and creating.
UTS Startups is a program designed to inspire UTS students to become entrepreneurs, and to support startups launched by UTS students. As a UTS student you can apply to become a member if your idea is addressing a large market (something that is meaningful when it succeeds) and which uses technology to address the market quickly.
Throughout your MBAe studies, you have access to an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR), who will support you with mentoring, advice and feedback. The EiR works with students to apply real-world tested applications of Design Thinking and Lean Startup principles on a one-on-one or per team basis to refine their business ideas, strategies and execution.
Masterclasses and events
The UTS Business School Entrepreneurship Series features speakers and topics relevant for people interested in starting and building a business. The series is free and open to everyone. It is organised with the student entrepreneur in mind. Events are scheduled alongside the curriculum of the MBAe.
At the conclusion of the MBAe, students pitch their venture, which has been refined and perfected over the year, to experts, entrepreneurs and potential investors.The winning projects secure significant seed-funding and support. Learn more about the event here and in the video below.
Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation (C11251), the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship (C11252) and the Graduate Certificate in Venture Acceleration (C11253) is equivalent to achieving the entire MBAe degree. Even if you commence the MBAe, it is still possible to exit the program early having completed one or two Graduate Certificates.
Entry and applications
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