Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design

The objective of this Masters degree is to support engineering students and professionals transform ideas into innovations, by providing advanced training in their relevant fields of expertise, followed by a hands-on “startup launch” project.  The Master’s degree will be a two-year full time program, comprised of three parts: focused classroom training through courses (core and elective), internship in a startup, and finally a "startup launch” project that will enable students to integrate design and entrepreneurial skills as they navigate through the process of seeking an innovative solution to a real market need.

All applicants should submit a letter of intent outlining their background in entrepreneurship as well as their entrepreneurial ideas/aspirations

Course work (total 18 credits)

During the first two semesters, students will focus on core and elective course work.

The four core courses (12 credits in total), which will be mandatory for all students are:

  • Product Development (3 cr., engineering)
  • Technology Entrepreneurship (3 cr., engineering)
  • Human Resources (3 cr., Telfer)
  • Marketing (3 cr., Telfer)

In addition, students will elect two graduate-level technical courses (6 cr., engineering) within their technical area of interest. The engineering design process will feature prominently in the product development course. The two elective courses must have clear design elements, so as to equip students appropriately for their second year of experiential learning. The courses within this Master’s program builds on uOttawa’s current teaching portfolio in engineering management and business administration (for the mandatory courses), and the various disciplines of engineering (for the technical electives). 

Internships (6 credits)

During the summer term of their first year, engineering students working towards a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design will be employed full time in a start-up. The Chair has secured strong interest and commitment from startups eager to sponsor interns. The objective of these internships is to enable first-hand experience and insights into the inner workings of a start-up, which will be a great asset as students progress on to do their start-up project in the final phase of the program.

Start-up launch (6 credits)

The focus of the second year is to enable each student team to actively drive all the steps necessary to launch a startup, starting from a core idea or problem statement, which can be their own or suggested by partnering organizations, professors, or other sources. Teams will be formed at the beginning of the second year and will be assisted by a mentor from the university and a mentor from industry (if applicable), aligned with their area of interest. They will be expected to attend weekly seminars, mentoring sessions, and lead group discussions to pursue the merits of the core idea. Seminar topics will include engineering design process, project management and triple bottom line.

As part of the startup launch process, student teams will be expected to not just deliver prototypes but to follow an adaptive design methodology and demonstrate customer interaction and feedback, refine the problem statement, core idea, or design parameters if necessary, and assess the market opportunity for it. Throughout this process, the Chair will play a significant role in facilitating access to potential customers and larger companies, and providing mentorship and operational support by tapping into a vast network of contacts.

The project evaluation will be weighted heavily on the rigor and diligence applied to the design engineering process. Upon completion, the student team, advisors, and industry partners will jointly assess the overall viability of launching a new company, with the students as co-founders. 

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