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MSc in Business Administration – Major Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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"Leave the well-trodden path and dare to forge your own by means of inspiration, creativity, and entrepreneurial craftsmanship. Leave the ivory tower of your university and go out into the market."

Prof. Dr. Gunther Kucza, Head of Program

Various organizational contexts today require innovative thought and action. Our Master's program in Business Administration with a specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will enable you to act entrepreneurial and be geared towards innovation – be it in an established company or a start-up.

Learn how to design and drive innovation projects and business model transformation in different social and economic environments across professional and organizational boundaries.

At a Glance

Title: Master of Science (MSc) ZHAW in Business Administration with a Specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Start of New Program: Mid-September
Workload: 90 ECTS credits (equivalent to approx. 2,700 hours of study)
Duration: 4 semesters (classes are held two days per week). Part-time work or family activity of up to 50% is possible.
Registration deadline: 30 June 2023 - apply now
Location: Winterthur
Classes held on: Mondays and Tuesdays
Tuition Fee: CHF 720.- per semester + additional study-related expenses
Admission Requirements: Admission Procedure
Language of instruction: Usually German; 3rd semester: English
Studying abroad: Students can do a semester abroad in their third semester at one of our numerous partner universities.
Accreditation: AACSB


Content and Program Structure

The curriculum emphasizes innovative thinking and entrepreneurial action, so the competence profile our graduates acquire meets a clear need of the labor market. With the compulsory elective modules, you can deepen your knowledge in specific topic areas according to your interests and inclination.

The following compulsory elective modules are available:

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a study trip or summer school at one of our international partner universities as part of the elective modules.

Creating Genuine Market Impact With Practice Partners

As Flexible as You

This Master's program will allow you to become highly qualified while enabling you to combine study and part-time work. You can benefit from an immediate, practically oriented knowledge transfer and continue your professional career at the same time.

The degree program allows you to continue working at about 50 percent. Class days are Mondays and Tuesdays.

In the 3rd semester of the Master's program, you have the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities. With a semester abroad, you will build an international network, deepen your foreign language skills, and gain a new perspective concerning your study subjects.

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"Do you have any questions concerning the Master in Business Administration – Major Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the ZHAW Library, sports and leisure activities, or life in Winterthur and Zurich? Please contact me."

Linda Aerne, Student, MSc in Business Administration – Major Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Your Career Prospects

This degree will enable you to take on challenging entrepreneurial key positions in established companies. Opportunities include business development, technology management, and innovation management. However, also the entry in the fascinating world of the start-up, be it as an entrepreneur and business owner, start-up coach, business angel, or venture capitalist, is promoted and supported by man different initiatives during your studies.

Our alumni have exciting jobs in a broad field of application across all industries:


Applications undergo an admission procedure. Admission is decided by the head of the program. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

* If an applicant does not yet have all the entrance qualifications required for admission, or if the applicant’s Bachelor's degree is from a related degree program, he or she may be admitted under the condition of providing additional qualifications later.

If needed, please feel free to contact the Head of Program without obligation to confirm whether you meet the admission requirements outlined above.

ZHAW School of Management and Law - Student Counseling

We will be happy to answer all your specific questions about the MSc Business Administration, specialization Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW School of Management and Law in a personal consultation.

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Brochure, in German


This program has been awarded the quality seal by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) for its quality in study and teaching.

The detailed assessment and further information about the accreditations of the ZHAW School of Management and Law can be found here.