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A Premier Education in Technology Innovation.

Real world projects, classroom study, and building networks with peers and professors that will last a lifetime…


The award-winning Science and Technology Entrepreneurship/Innovation Programs (STEP) is a family of professional Master of Science degrees in CWRU’s College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with CWRU’s schools of law and management.

Lean and Flexible Curriculum: requires only half the number of credit hours as most MBA programs and can be tailored to the needs of each student. Coursework consists of graduate-level classes in science, business, intellectual property law, and innovation. Physics and Biology “Plan A” students are required to work as an intern, employee, or entrepreneur on a real-world project that typically serves as the basis for the student’s thesis.

Cross-Disciplinary Connections That Will Last a Lifetime: Three of STEP’s core courses are provided by the FUSION Certificate Program, a partnership between the Case School of Law, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Weatherhead School of Management. Students from all three graduate schools work together on real-life innovation challenges while simultaneously forging cross-disciplinary relationships that will last a lifetime.

In addition, PEP students have the opportunity to participate in an entrepreneurship exchange program with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). Participating students work and/or study in Israel as part of their CWRU MS degree requirements.

Access to Incredible Resources

CWRU ranks consistently among the top 40 colleges and universities in the United States (#1 in Ohio) and is home to world-renowned people, teaching, and research in the sciences, engineering, medicine, law, business, design, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Not only will you have access to the people, libraries and databases of this billion-dollar research institution, you will also have access to a myriad of world-class resources that support entrepreneurship and innovation ON CAMPUS, such as CWRU’s think[box] prototyping and design facility, CWRU’s  IP Venture Clinic (“IPVC”) CWRU’s LaunchNet, and CWRU’s Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Association (IDEA).

Thriving Ecosystem of Innovation

Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Northeast Ohio higher than San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle as a hot region for entrepreneurs. Organizations such as BioEnterprise, the Harrington Discovery Institute,the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, JumpStart, Team NEO/Nortech, GLIDE/Northcoast Innovation Fund, the North Coast Opportunities (NCO) Technology Fund, MAGNET, the NorthCoast Angel Fund, Shaker Launchhouse, Bizdom, and FlashStarts create a web of support for technology commercialization in a broad range of sectors ranging from healthcare to IT to heavy equipment manufacturing.

STEP was formed in 1999, and remains the nation’s only Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. More than 100 alumni now work in diverse industries including energy, healthcare, manufacturing, IT entertainment, and aerospace. Job titles include CEO, Program Manager, Project Manager, Technology Management Specialist, Head of Sales, Director of Product Development, Engineer, translational research, and teaching in higher education. And several STEP alumni have successfully started their own company. STEP can also serve as a gateway to other CWRU programs such as business, law, medicine, and PhD in science or engineering.


Hedgemon Wins Second Place in 2017 VentureWell Open
Nate Swift (PEP ’17) led his team to a second place people’s choice award at the 2017 VentureWell Open in Washington, DC. The company is developing a line of athletic helmets. Click here for more information.


Winner, Nortech Innovation Award

Page last modified: February 8, 2017