MSc in Business Administration – Major Innovation and Entrepreneurship
"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) or 6 semesters (classes are held one or one and a half days per week). Students can combine study with part-time work or family responsibilities not exceeding 50% or 70%.
Registration deadline: 30 May 2024 - apply now
Classes held on: Mondays and Tuesdays
Tuition Fee: CHF 720.- per semester + additional study-related expenses
Admission Requirements: Admission Procedure
Language of instruction: Mostly German; English in the third (or fifth) semester
Studying abroad: Students can do a semester abroad in their third (or fifth) semester at one of our numerous partner universities.
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:
- Customer Centric Innovation
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Narrating Entrepreneurship
- Digital Marketing for Start-Ups
- Digital Transformation
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.
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.
You can choose between our four-semester or our six-semester course of study. In the case of four semesters, you will have classes two days per week, in the six-semester option, classes are held on one or one and a half days per week. You can combine study with part-time work or family responsibilities of up to 50% or 70%.
By doing a semester abroad, you will be able to build an international network, further improve your foreign language skills, and experience the study program from a different perspective. You have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in the third (or fifth) semester of the Master's program at one of our numerous partner universities.
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Lily Boateng, Student, MSc in Business Administration – Major Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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.
Applications undergo an admission procedure. Admission is decided by the head of the program. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- A Bachelor's degree from a state-recognized university or university of applied sciences in business administration / economics (min. 180 ECTS-Credits) or the equivalent in a related degree program*
- Ability to follow German and English language instruction at university level and use teaching materials in both languages (reference value: C1 level)
- Willingness to learn and high degree of motivation
- Positive result of ability test
* 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.
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.