Earn your MS while working a job in innovation or entrepreneurship. 

Graduating its first class in 2001, the award-winning Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) is a family of professional MS degrees in CWRU’s College of Arts & Sciences in partnership with CWRU’s schools of law and management.

FLEXIBLE CURRICULUM: The curriculum can be tailored to your needs. Core courses include graduate-level science, technology innovation, intellectual property commercialization, and finance. The duration of the program is 1.5 to 3 years.

JOB OPTIONS: During the program, you will have the option to work as a paid intern, employee, or entrepreneur on a real-world project that will typically serve as the basis for your master’s thesis. Many STEP graduates receive job offers from the company with which they intern—often before graduation. STEP graduates 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, and translational Research Associate. 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.

HOW TO GET ACCEPTED: Students must have the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in a field related to the program to which they are applying (e.g., for EB: most life sciences; for PEP: physics, engineering physics, and most engineering fields). The admissions committee strongly considers quality of previous education, grades, recommendation letters, personal statement, and GRE. For domestic students, GRE is not required but is recommended for scholarship consideration. International students must have a TOEFL above 100 and GRE above 152(V), 152(Q), and 3.5(W). For international students who have a TOEFL between 90 and 100, please ask about our option to enroll as a “Plan B” MS candidate. Applications must be submitted by March 26 in order to be considered for scholarships. Classes start in late August.

PROGRAM COST: The program is 30 credits. The cost per credit hour (AY2019) is $1882. The cost of living for a student in Cleveland is approximately $15,000 per year. Below is a chart that estimates the finances of a STEP student on a 3-year scholarship who works a part-time job or internship, followed by one year of working full-time.

RESOURCES: CWRU is a billion-dollar research institution that ranks consistently among the top 40 colleges and universities in the United States and #1 in Ohio. CWRU is home to world-renowned people, teaching, and research in the sciences, engineering, medicine, law, business, design, social sciences, arts, and humanities. CWRU is also home to a myriad of world-class resources that support entrepreneurship and innovation ON CAMPUS, such as CWRU’s prototyping and design facility think[box], CWRU’s IP Venture Clinic (“IPVC”), CWRU’s LaunchNet, and CWRU’s Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Association (IDEA).


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Hedgemon Wins 2nd 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.