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About the Program

*The Computer Science/IT Entrepreneurship will not be accepting applications for spring or fall 2013. Interested applicants should consider applying to the MA Program in Computer Science.*

Today's business world demands both sharp technical skills and broad business insight. Our three semester Master of Arts program in Computer Science and IT Entrepreneurship goes beyond a traditional graduate technology degree — we teach students how to form a business around their ideas in the IT sector, from IT research to software development. Generous scholarships are available.

This program combines graduate level computer science coursework with electives that emphasize cutting-edge research and the special skills required for launching a successful business in information technology.

In his book "Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principle," first published in 1985, Peter Drucker established entrepreneurship as a discipline that requires attention to the management of business principles. Brandeis University’s Master of Arts in IT Entrepreneurship is designed to prepare you to be an entrepreneur by providing the skills and knowledge needed to transform a technological idea into a viable business. 

The Master of Arts in IT Entrepreneurship’s primary focus is software-based IT enterprises and the specific challenges and opportunities they present. Over the course of three semesters, students will be exposed to a variety of topics, from the fundamentals of computer science, software programming practices, and the core principles of entrepreneurship, such as: Creativity and Innovation — how to recognize good transformative ideas; the product development cycle, including the role of rapid prototyping as a tool to generate interest and solidify your plans; the business plan cycle, revenue models for information goods, IT marketing, and the overarching issue of pricing in the information economy.

In addition, this unique master's program will cover IT-specific issues such as enterprise computing architectures, security engineering and traffic-analysis techniques. The curriculum includes core entrepreneurship courses taught by successful entrepreneurs across the information technology industry, as well a practicum where you will put your knowledge into practical use.