STEP is a gateway to start-ups, innovation, and so much more.

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The award-winning Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP) is a family of professional Master of Science degrees based in Case Western Reserve's College of Ars & Sciences in partnership with CWRU's schools of law and management.

MS Biology - Entrepreneurial Biotechnology Track,

MS Physics - Entrepreneurship Track

MS Chemistry - Entrepreneurship Track

You will study graduate-level science, business, intellectual property law, 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.

STEP serves as a powerful gateway to diverse careers in areas such as technology management, project management, sales, product development, engineering, translational research, and teaching in higher education. STEP can also serve as a gateway to other CWRU programs such as business, law, medicine, and PhD in science or engineering.

Many STEP students have become the lifeblood of award-winning start-ups. For instance, 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. STEP students performed early-stage market research and later-stage grant-writing for Quality Electrodynamics (QED), which has been honored recently by President Obama and Forbes Magazine.

STEP was formed in 1999, and remains the nation’s only Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Also unique to STEP, students have the freedom to pursue any area of interest. More than 100 alumni now work in diverse industries including energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and aerospace. Job titles range from Project Manager to Director of Product Development to CEO at companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100s. And several STEP alumni have successfully started their own company.

When you join STEP, you become part of the thriving entrepreneurial culture of 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. 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. Work experience is preferred.