The new MEnt degree complements the two degrees that are currently offered by the Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program: the Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) and the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). All three degrees are jointly offered by the Sprott School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering and Design. Carleton’s Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization serves as the governing body for the three TIM degrees.
“This new pathway to a master’s in Technology Innovation Management will encourage students who wish to work in business, government and policy to embark on this most valuable course of study,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “This course is extremely appropriate in the current economic environment, useful to individual scholars, and helpful to regional and global development.”
At Carleton, entrepreneurship is identified as an area of institutional strength and growth.
“Sprott is all about entrepreneurship,” said Jerry Tomberlin, dean of the Sprott School of Business. “Carleton’s new MEnt degree will provide graduates with the specialized knowledge and skills to enable them to play crucial roles in the ecosystems that support and drive growth of technology ventures and, consequently, the economic growth in the Ottawa region, Canada and internationally.”
“This new degree will give our students a competitive edge in the job market,” says Matthias Neufang, dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. “Like many of our other graduate programs, the TIM program is truly interdisciplinary, even cutting across two different faculties at Carleton, which provides our students with a unique experience.”
“The Faculty of Engineering and Design is very proud of how the TIM program combines technological innovation with an understanding of key business skills,” said Rafik Goubran, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design. “Entrepreneurship has always been a vital element of engineering and design and we feel that the new M.Ent. will continue to prepare our students to succeed in an evolving technological landscape.”
“At Carleton we do entrepreneurship, not just talk about it,” said TIM Program Director Tony Bailetti, who is cross appointed between the Faculty of Engineering and Design and the Sprott School of Business. “The academic programs that focus on entrepreneurship include the TIM program with its three degrees, which are available to experienced personnel with engineering, business or science undergraduate degrees; the Minor in Entrepreneurship, which is available to undergraduate students in all Carleton faculties; and the Bachelor of Commerce Entrepreneurship Concentration.”
In addition to accessing the expertise of many faculty members across campus, students pursuing the new TIM master’s degree will benefit from Lead to Win, recognized by UBI Global as one of the top 10 university-led incubators in North America; the TIM Review, a refereed journal that focuses on technology entrepreneurship and receives more than 27,000 unique online visitors each month; the Nicol Institute, a provider of internships to venture teams, each worth $8,000; the Carleton-Led Accelerator, home to student ventures with high-growth potential; Capital Entrepreneurs, a partnership among all four post-secondary institutions in Ottawa; the Ontario Centres of Excellence; BigBlueButton, the world’s No. 1 open source web conferencing system that originated in 2007 as a student project within the TIM program; the Discovery Centre’s program in community engagement; and many other resources.