Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

A program designed to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge

The Rady School of Management’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is designed to provide students with a strong understanding of business and entrepreneurship theory, practices, and applications. The E&I Minor will appeal to creative and ambitious undergraduate students who envision launching and managing their own business or entering careers in innovation-driven fields.

Program Goals

  1. Cover a broad context of the application of entrepreneurship and business principles.
  2. Develop a comprehensive view of innovation within and operations of both established businesses and start-up business operations.
  3. Be application-oriented and provide experiential learning opportunities.
  4. Provide course work in a unique area not available elsewhere on campus.
  5. Through course work and faculty guidance, help innovative students cultivate and expand on their business ideas.

The curriculum includes a two-course practicum requirement, Innovation to Market (MGT 121A and 121B), that will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of entrepreneurial theories and innovative thinking strategies in a classroom setting. For instructions on how to declare the minor, please visit the Rady Advising page

Minor Requirements

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor consists of seven courses (28 units). Students will be required to complete two practicum courses (8 units), three core courses (12 units), and 8 units of elective courses. Of the 28 units required for the minor, at least 20 units must be upper-division. 

Find the list of tentative Rady courses for the academic year on the undergraduate homepage. 

Core requirements
(12 Units)

  • MGT103: Product Marketing and Management (4 Unit)
  • MGT187: New Venture Finance (4 Unit)
  • MGT16: Personal Ethics at Work or MGT166: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4 Unit)

Practicum requirement
(8 Units)

  • MGT121A: Innovation to Market A (4 Unit)
  • MGT121B: Innovation to Market B (4 Unit)
    • Pre-requisites: MGT 187 & MGT 121A

Elective courses  
(8 Units)

Select from the following courses:

  • MGT 102 E-Commerce*
  • MGT105 Product Promotion and Brand Management
  • MGT106 Sales and Sales Management
  • MGT 107 Consumer Behavior*
  • MGT108/R Applied Market Research*
  • MGT 109 Topics in Marketing* (Pre-approved Topics Only) 
  • MGT117 Business Law*
  • MGT 119 Topics in Business (Pre-approved Topics Only) 
  • MGT127 Innovation and Technology Strategy*
  • MGT128/R Business Innovation and Growth
  • MGT129 Topics in Entrepreneurship (2 Unit)
  • MGT162/R Negotiation*
  • MGT164 Business and Organizational Leadership
  • MGT167 Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENG 100B Engineering Leadership* (2 Unit)
  • ENG 100D Design for Development (Open to All Majors)
  • ENG 100L Design for Development Lab (2 Unit, Open to All Majors)
  • ENG 202 Enterprise Dynamics (undergraduates may enroll in this course with department and instructor approval)
  • ENG 207 Corporate Entrepreneurship for Global Competitiveness (undergraduates may enroll in this course with department and instructor approval)
  • MAE 154 Product Design and Entrepreneurship
  • CSE 190 Successful Entrepreneurship for Microsystems
  • BISP 194 Intro to Biotech Business* (2 Unit, only Biotech Business topic counts for E&I credit)
  • SOCI 148E Inequality and Jobs
  • TDGE 3 Cultivating the Creative Mind*

*Please contact Rady Advising to have this course added to your degree audit


Important Information

Note that many courses, particularly those that are graduate level, may require instructor and departmental approval.

All courses taken for the E&I Minor must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn at least a C- or better in each course used for the minor. Lower-division transfer credits for courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower-division Rady School courses required for the E&I minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management. Up to eight units of upper-division courses applied toward the E&I minor may overlap between majors and minors. 

Students majoring in International Studies - International Business and Business Psychology cannot declare a minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Students who have declared the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor, cannot declare the Business minor due to overlap of core requirements, however, can declare the Accounting and Supply Chain Minors at Rady. 

Rady Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor FAQs:

Who should pursue the E&I minor?

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is geared toward students who like to brainstorm business ideas, work well in teams, and enjoy testing their "pitch" skills in front of potential investors.

What is the difference between the Business Minor and the E&I minor?

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor differs from the existing Business minor in that it focuses on entrepreneurship rather than general business management. The cornerstone of the minor is a required two-course entrepreneurship practicum sequence MGT 121A and B Innovation to Market in which students will pitch their ideas to classmates, form teams around the most viable ideas, and then walk through the new venture process including a professional business plan, a short “elevator pitch” and a comprehensive presentation tailored to target investors, clients, key customers, and employees. In addition to the practicum requirement, E&I students will also take a finance course specifically designed for the program. MGT 187 New Venture Finance examines how innovation is funded and teaches students about the financial tools necessary over the life cycle of a new venture- development, growth, maturity, and exit. The E&I Minor also includes a more limited set of electives relevant for entrepreneurs.


Can I declare both the Business Minor and the E&I minor?

No, students cannot pursue both minors. We suggest you start with classes that can count for both minors (such as MGT103, MGT16, MGT166, MGT164, MGT121A, and MGT121B) to see which minor best suits your interests.

Can I major in International Studies - International Business and do a minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation?

No. Students majoring in International Studies - International Business cannot minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Too many classes overlap between the major and minor.


Can I do an internship (AIP 197) for E&I minor credit?

No, the E&I minor has many opportunities for interactive learning, but neither internships nor special studies course (such as MGT199) count toward the E&I minor. If you have an opportunity that is directly related to your minor students, you may submit a Student Petition with your request. 

Can I participate in competitions?

We highly encourage E&I minor students to participate in business plan competitions (like the Triton Innovation Challenge) because experiential knowledge is so vital for aspiring entrepreneurs. Although this is not a program requirement, participation in such competitions provides invaluable knowledge and financial benefits. MGT 121B Innovation to Market may also serve as a “warm-up” for such competitions as the end deliverable for 121B is much the same as for a competition- a business plan and a group presentation to a panel of business professionals. By pitching their ideas to real business professionals and industry-specific experts, students are training for the real-world challenges of taking an idea to market such as raising outside capital. Competitions may also afford students the opportunity to win prize money to fund their ideas. If you plan to participate in this type of competition, please contact our advisor.

What are the prerequisites for MGT121B: Innovation to Market B?

The prerequisites for MGT121B are MGT121A and either MGT181 (for business minor students) or MGT187 (for E&I minor students).

If I study abroad, can I apply the courses I complete toward my E&I minor?

Students may take classes abroad and apply them toward their minor, so long as they are deemed equivalent to Rady classes. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit a Rady Student Petition and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower-division courses transferred from a community college).

All E&I minors must take MGT121A: Innovation to Market A and MGT121B: Innovation to Market B at UCSD Rady School of Management; these classes cannot be taken abroad.


Current UCSD students: Please submit your questions via the VAC. An advisor will respond in 1-3 business days.

Non-UCSD students: Email us at undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu.


Partner Programs

California Institute for Innovation and Development

The California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) at the Rady School of Management was founded to support and catalyze the University of California’s innovation leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Under the direction of Professor Vish Krishnan and Lada Rasochova, Ph.D., MBA (Rady ‘08), the CIID program has grown to include the StartR accelerator programs, Triton Innovation Challenge, Rady Innovation Fellows, and Rady Venture FundAll of these programs, combined with the many other unique learning opportunities of the Rady School, provide students with the opportunity to explore the many sides of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Triton Innovation Challenge

The Triton Innovation Challenge is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Jacobs School of Engineering. The competition awards cash prizes totaling $20,000 to support new and innovative ideas that relate to the environment (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature.) 

The Basement 

The Basement’s student-centric mission is to stimulate, encourage and serve the entrepreneurial spirit of UC San Diego students by providing a co-work and incubation space. As a shared campus-wide enterprise managed by Alumni and Community Engagement, The Basement is part of a collective comprised of campus partners, alumni leaders, Alumni and Community Engagement and Career and Professional Development staff. 

Learn more about The Basement Incubator Program at ucsdbasement.com or contact: thebasement@ucsd.edu.


Resources for Undergraduate Entrepreneurs:

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur