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How UMBC’s graduate Innovation program empowers international students and working professionals

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s master’s program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership (EIL) empowers international students and working professionals by equipping them with practical and relevant skills that can be applied immediately on the job.

The master’s program focuses on the critical role that innovation and leadership play in driving entrepreneurial vision through (1) applied learning, (2) course deliverables and (3) a two-part capstone. The Applied Learning approach unites interactive, participatory learning and exceptional content with instructors who have deep practical experience and passion in entrepreneurship. For Course Deliverables, students are trained to create presentations that are consistent with current communication trends. These include blog posts, “tweet”-like messages, coach approach dialogues, pitch decks, as well as more academic mediums such as white papers, executive summaries and oral presentations.


The Two-Part Capstone teaches students to apply the tools and concepts from their courses to realise an entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, or socialpreneurial opportunity by developing a business plan, demonstrating financial feasibility and creating a final report about the opportunity and how it could be pursued. As a final evaluation, EIL students will be required to pitch their idea at the Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition where those who are serious about putting up a business will be paired with a business mentor and be guided accordingly. Photo taken by the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship shows the 2019 Cangialosi Business Innovtion Competition winners and judges along with Greg Cangialosi (4th from left).

Aside from Capstone I and II, EIL’s core courses cover Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership and Communication, Legal and Ethical Issues and Entrepreneurial Finance and Planning.

Job outlook for graduates

Graduates of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership (EIL) are looking at great opportunities based on data provided by Labor Insight, a user-friendly data analytics tool which provides current information on skills and occupations from actual job postings.

The Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area has a higher demand than average for jobs requiring entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation skills with over 12,000 job postings listing one of these skills. Employers hiring for these skill sets include companies like Northrop Grumman, Oracle, Johns Hopkins University and T Rowe Price.

Application for the EIL program is still open. Classes start on 28 August. For a full list of UMBC’s graduate degree programs, international students and education agents may check out the EduCo Course Finder especially on the availability of scholarships, IELTS and other requirements.