Undergraduate entrepreneurship courses @Tufts
We offer a variety of innovation and entrepreneurship courses to students from all schools at Tufts University. These courses provide students with practical skills whether they want to be in a startup, a big company, a non profit, or even in a government agency. We offer a full range of experiences, from foundational courses such as “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking” and “ENT101: Entrepreneurship and Business Planning” to core courses like Finance, Marketing and Leadership, skillset deep dives such as “The Science of Sales” and “Entrepreneurial Business Law”, and sector specific courses including “Consumer Product Ventures”, “Innovative Social Enterprises”, “Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists” and more.
These courses include the following class attributes:
BFA-Social Science, LA-Distribution-Social Sciences, SoE-HASS-Social Sciences.
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For Undergraduates: Entrepreneurship Minor Programs
In addition to taking an entrepreneurship course as an elective, undergraduates can also consider earning a minor in Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship for Social Impact, or Engineering Management (administered by our parent organization, Tufts Gordon Institute).
The Entrepreneurship Minor
The Entrepreneurship Minor is the most popular minor on campus. It is designed for undergraduate students who want to learn to become nimble and adaptable via developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. Students learn to create new ventures through hands-on experience via 5 dynamic courses taught by award-winning entrepreneurs and investors. The Entrepreneurship Minor is anchored by our foundational course, ENT101 “Entrepreneurship and Business Planning,” where you will learn how to start a new venture by doing it over the course of one semester. We have 16+ additional courses you can take to round out your skillset, from finance, marketing, finance, and leadership to law, team and talent, and sector-specific courses for consumer products, computer science, social impact, and many more.
You will be able to apply this mindset and skillset wherever you go after graduation – whether it is graduate school, starting or working for a startup or small business, joining a larger organization (for-profit or non-profit), or even joining a government agency.
The Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor
The Entrepreneurship for Social Impact Minor is offered in partnership with Tisch College of Civic Life. It is designed for students who want to solve problems in today’s society and drive impact through innovation and new venture creation. Students build knowledge about processes of social change via 3 civic studies courses offered by Tisch College, and learn how to take practical action and drive change via 3 additional courses in entrepreneurship, including courses that explore how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to starting, building, and running social enterprises spanning mission-drive for-profit companies, non-profits, and government agencies.
You will learn to become an active citizen who knows how to take the first step towards solving wicked problems of the world, wherever your personal and professional journey may take you.
The Engineering Minor Program
Undergraduates interested in learning about engineering management may also consider the Engineering Management Minor, which is administered by our parent organization, Tufts Gordon Institute.
For Graduates: MS in Innovation & Management and Dual Degree Programs
MS in Innovation & Management Program
The MS in Innovation & Management from Tufts University’s Gordon Institute, home to the Derby Entrepreneurship Center, is a full-time, accelerated program designed for people who want to make things happen. Who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math. Who believe new solutions will solve our toughest challenges – and make this a better world.
Build on your undergraduate entrepreneurial journey and gain experience with the full innovation lifecycle from conceptualization to commercialization and beyond, all in as little as a year. Gain skills in finance, marketing, new product development, and more. In addition, earn one of 13 graduate certificates offered by Tufts School of Engineering concurrently with no additional cost.
Tufts undergraduate students (Juniors and Seniors) are eligible to apply for the Tufts Combined Degree program (BS + MSIM), which offers guaranteed tuition scholarships and other benefits to qualified students. For specific information on these benefits, learn more here.
MSIM + MS in Engineering: Dual Degree Master’s Program
Develop your innovation, leadership, and management skills and build your technical depth with our Dual Degree master’s program. You’ll earn two degrees – an MS in Innovation & Management (MSIM) and an MS offered by one of the six academic departments within the School of Engineering. And, you can earn both degrees in an accelerated timeframe at a reduced cost.
Innovation and engineering management courses offered by Tufts Gordon Institute
In addition to courses listed under the “ENT” subject, Tufts Gordon Institute, the parent organization of DEC, offers a large array of courses covering diverse topics in innovation, engineering management, and leadership. Click the button to read about all academic courses and programs offered by Tufts Gordon Institute.
Other entrepreneurial offerings at Tufts
Following are a few other courses about innovation and entrepreneurship offered by various schools and colleges at Tufts. Some of these courses have enrollment restrictions. We are providing this information for entrepreneurial students from all schools so that they can find courses they are eligible for / find people in other schools who may have experience in innovation and entrepreneurship.
School of Engineering Courses
Students learn what questions to ask and actions to take at various phases of new product evolution. Emphasis is placed on customer input and cross-functional team roles and responsibilities. The central focus of this course is the development of a new product concept by cross-functional student teams that integrates learning from other first-semester courses. The student teams formally present their concepts at the end of the semester and develop effective techniques to present to senior management and/or prospective investors.
An introduction to civil infrastructure with a focus on its transportation, water, energy and waste management components. Both technical and professional aspects of these components will be explored. In addition, the “entrepreneurial mindset”, via elements of the Lean Start-up process, will be used to explore how innovations in civil infrastructure can be developed and implemented. This ‘mindset’ may provide a more effective alternative in conceptualizing infrastructure (re)development. Though technical content and entrepreneurship are emphasized, the course also explores ethical issues and broader impacts of civil infrastructure with an emphasis on the political and social justice aspects in current solutions.
Experimential College Courses
Fletcher School courses
The course seeks to prepare students to start businesses in which they have a significant equity interest. It focuses on the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in two areas: how to analyze opportunities quickly and cheaply; and how to secure resources (money, customers, and people) in the early stages of an enterprise. The primarily cased based course also has several guest experts and (in lieu of in-class lectures) extensive pre-class readings.