Graduate Programs

Graduate Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Required to take five three credit hour core courses

ENT 6016 New Venture Formation/ EIN 6115 Technology Venture Strategies
3 Credit Hours
An overview of the new venture creation process, this course is intended to provide new MS EAT and MBA students with a basic understanding of the entrepreneurial process of venture creation and innovation. Lectures and selected case studies are combined with experienced guest speakers to give students a rich understanding of the challenges facing entrepreneurs.

ENT 6186/EIN 6935 Strategic Market Assessment for New Technologies
3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on development of techniques for assessing technology merit of new innovations (including development of an appreciation and understanding of intellectual property) and development of strategic frameworks to commercialize new products. It uses classroom discussions, field projects, and technology assessment tools to evaluate investigators' intellectual property portfolios of client entrepreneurs and technology organizations to help create high value licensing opportunities and new venture creations.

ENT 6116 Business Plan Development/ EIN 6324 Technology Entrepreneurship
3 Credit Hours
Business plan development is one of two summary or 'capstone' courses in the program. The first part of the course focuses on developing the effective written and oral communication skills students will need in preparing and presenting their business plans to investors. The second part of the course is focused on how to develop an effective business plan. Student teams will develop a business plan for either an opportunity developed by students or one by an entrepreneur in the local community. Business plans developed by student teams will be presented before a panel of local entrepreneurs for evaluation and critique in a business plan competition format.

ENT 6415 / EIN 6934 Venture Capital and Private Equity in Entrepreneurship
3 Credit Hours
The course focuses on critical skills necessary to develop appropriate financing strategies for new venture creation and growth. Students will use case studies and team projects in course studies. Three primary topics are covered: first, an overview of the entrepreneurial finance process and involved players; second, performing business valuations; and third, securities law with emphasis on developing term sheets and private placement memorandums. Student teams will complete a valuation and mock securities offering for an existing small to mid size business. Financial valuations and terms sheets developed by student teams will be presented to a panel of venture capital professionals for evaluation and critique.

ENT 6126 Strategic Entrepreneurship/ EIN 6936 Strategies Entrepreneurship in Technology
3 Credit Hours
The strategy course is the second 'capstone' course together with business planning for MS EAT students. Students acquire an in depth understanding of the strategic planning process and theories of competitive advantage and opportunity recognition. The course is taught from a 'corporate entrepreneurship' perspective: how existing business ventures grow and transform themselves through identifying and pursuing new opportunities outside of their core business.


Choose five three credit hour courses

ENT 6606 Product Development/ EIN 6392 New Product Development
3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on new product development process from invention to commercialization of technology products. Topics include intellectual property, product design, manufacturing process patent process, licensing, market assessment, and commercialization. Students will use case studies and team projects in the course of study.

ENT 6947 Applied Topics in Entrepreneurship (permit only)
3 Credit Hours
The Advanced Topics course is intended to provide students the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge into practice. This is achieved either through an individual, faculty directed project or through a field study/internship. Students elect either option depending on their individual needs and goals. Individual projects typically involve developing a business plan for a business the student intends to launch. Internships involve working directly with senior business leaders in an entrepreneurial environment. Students will be expected to participate in open classroom discussion of their on-going experiences during their projects/internships, with a presentation of their project before peers and faculty. (A limited number of fellowships may also be applied)

GEB 6457 Ethics, Law & Sustainable Business Practices
3 Credit Hours
Examines ethical and legal responsibilities of business for triple bottom line performance of prosperity, social justice, and concern for the natural environment.

EIN 6430 Overview of Regulated Industries
3 Credit Hours
This course examines the environment landscape of conducting business operations in industries requiring regulatory oversight from governmental agencies and /or industry oversight groups. The course examines the role these entities play in the development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of consumer products.

ENT 6119 Fundamentals of Mergers and Acquisitions
3 Credit Hours
The primary objective is to build awareness concerning the steps necessary to deliver successful mergers, acquisitions, joint-ventures and corporate alliances by managing the challenges associates with them. The course will utilize team-based projects to introduce students to the serious professional art and science of doing successful deals. Students will gain and understanding of the global industry trends, players, and motivations for mergers and acquisitions and how those drive economic growth and change.

ENT 6930 Global Entrepreneurship
3 Credit Hours
Entrepreneurship is constantly changing on a global scale with entrepreneurship experiencing radical changes in technology, communications, capital markets and geopolitical frameworks. Today's globally-focused startups are building successful ventures to compete around the globe. In this class students will gain an understating and appreciation for the challenges of conducting business outside the United States gaining knowledge in investor strategies, global supply chains, addressing international customers, and managing employees located around the globe. The challenges these entrepreneurs face, particularly in emerging markets, are some of the most complex and sophisticated for their businesses and the governments under which they operate.

ENT 6930 Creativity & Design (new 4 week intensive course coming in Spring 2015)
3 Credit Hours
Creativity and design techniques have become increasingly popular amongst business leaders focus on innovation as a source of competitive advantage in the global economy. Both creativity and design rely on reframing problems to discover novel solutions. The creative process uses developing as many divergent ideas as possible to come up with outside of the box solutions. Design is employing extensive focus and study to see a problem at a greater level of depth, objectivity, and clarity to develop novel solutions. Students increase their creativity and design skills by learning and applying several methods, processes, and techniques in a client company in the Tampa Bay area. The majority of course time will be spent on applying creativity and design processes in exercises and field studies.

BSC 6436 Introduction to Biotechnology
3 Credit Hours
The course focuses on biotechnology, the integration of biology and technology and its applications in genomics, forensics, agriculture, engineering and medicine that have resulted in new products and services and solved biological/biomedical problems

ENT 6930 Intellectual Property
3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore trademarks, trade secrets, patents and copyrights as they relate to entrepreneurship and technology development. Through a series of engaging and challenging projects, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of intellectual property, exercise executive decision making skills, and perform technology planning and asset management. By the end of the course, participants will be better equipped to make business decisions related to intellectual property, and identify common intellectual property pitfalls that frustrate entrepreneurs and technology developers.

This course focuses on aspects of intellectual property law and related concepts that are relevant to aspiring entrepreneurs and technology development. This is NOT an intellectual property law course - legal cases are incorporated to the extent necessary to provide students a useful understanding of the relevant principles.

Other electives as approved by the director in association with dual degree programs in medicine, engineering, business, and global sustainability.