Your gateway to start-ups, innovation,
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The award-winning Science and Technology Entrepreneurship/Innovation Programs (STEP) is a family of professional Master of Science degrees in CWRU's College of Ars & Sciences in partnership with CWRU's schools of law and management.

Lean & Flexible Curriculum

The STEP curriculum is lean and requires only half the number of credit hours as most MBA programs. The curriculum is also flexible 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 STEP 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 Blackstone LaunchPad, and CWRU's IDEA (student entrepreneurship/innovation club).

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, TeamNEO/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 Director of Product Development to CEO at companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100s. And several STEP alumni have successfully started their own company. STEP serves as a powerful gateway to diverse careers in areas such as . STEP can also serve as a gateway to other CWRU programs such as business, law, medicine, and PhD in science or engineering.