STEP into the world of start-ups, innovation & cutting edge technology - with a Master's degree.

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If you are passionate about start-ups and cutting-edge innovation, then join us! The award-winning Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) is a family of two-year professional Master of Science degrees: MS Biology - Entrepreneurial Biotechnology Track, MS Chemistry - Entrepreneurship Track, and MS Physics - Entrepreneurship Track. You will study graduate-level science, business, and innovation while you work as an intern or employee with a small company, start up, or research organization. STEP faculty will help you connect with mentors, advisors, partners, funding sources and career opportunities.

Many STEP students become the lifeblood of very promising start-ups, some of which are making great waves in their industry. For instance, a STEP student played a major role in raising critical funds for Phycal, which is constructing an algal oil plant in Hawaii and was recently featured in Business Week, the NY Times, CNBC, and USA Today. Several STEP student played a major role in critical fundraising and product acquisition for Arteriocyte, which now has worldwide distribution with its Magellan platelet separation device and was awarded Venture of the Year by the Ohio Venture Association in 2010. And STEP students performed early-stage market research and grant-writing for Quality Electrodynamics (QED), which was founded in 2005 by Hiroyuki Fujita. (Dr. Fujita earned his PhD from the CWRU Department of Physics and has grown QED to be one of America's 20 Most Promising Young Companies of 2009 in Forbes Magazine.)

STEP was formed in 1999, and has become one of the leading entrepreneurship programs in the world in terms of capital raised by students.* More than 60 alumni now hold positions that include CEO, CTO, Program Manager, Analyst, Project Manager, Sales Associate, Business Development Associate, Chief Scientist/Engineer, Chief Technologist, Crew Trainer, Director of Professional Services, Integrated Services Engineer, Project Coordinator, and Executive Director with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100, including Phycal, Arteriocyte, QED, Microsoft, Genentech, Medtronic, Intwine Connect, and FirstEnergy. Approximately 5% of STEP students successfully start their own companies.

When you join STEP, you become part of the thriving entrepreneurial culture of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Northeast Ohio. CWRU ranks consistently among the top 40 colleges and universities in the United States (#1 in Ohio) and is home to world-renowned people, libraries, databases, IT, teaching and research in the arts, sciences, engineering, medicine, law, business, design, and social sciences. CWRU is also home to nearly 20 entrepreneurship-based organizations and programs, many of which are cross-disciplinary. In 2006, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Northeast Ohio higher than San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle as a hot region for entrepreneurs. Browse and for a taste of the exciting things that are happening at CWRU and Northeast Ohio.

Basic requirements for admission: Students must have a bachelors, masters, or PhD in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or physics.

*STEP students played a significant role in raising over $125M in growth capital for start-ups and small companies from sources such as private venture capital and state and federal technology commercialization grants.


Entrepreneurial Biotechnology

Master of Science in Biology, Entrepreneurial Biotechnology Track




Physics Entrepreneurship

Master of Science in Physics, Entrepreneurship Track




Chemistry Entrepreneurship

Master of Science in Chemistry, Entrepreneurship Track