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. In this program, student will:

  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. 

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor cannot be declared with the Business Minor. International Studies - International Business majors cannot declare the E&I Minor due to curricular overlap. 

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. In order to complete the E&I Minor, students must comply to the following:

  • Take all E&I minor classes for a letter grade (the math prerequisite may be taken for P/NP for minor purposes).
  • Earn at least a C- in each course used for the minor.
  • At least 20 units must be upper-division units (courses numbered 100+) or only eight lower-division units (two courses) may be taken for the business minor.
  • At least five classes for the minor must be taken at UCSD.
  • Finish the minor with an overall minor GPA of 2.0

Find the list of tentative Rady classes for the academic year on the undergraduate webpage.

To plan your Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor courses, please visit our Resources page to access the Rady Program Requirements Sheet. 

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


Have a question? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or please feel free to contact us or visit us during our drop-in advising hours! 

Current UCSD students: Please submit your questions via the VAC and 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