Graduate Programs

Our Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, PRIME, is a STEM Masters of Science (ScM) degree based in the Brown University School of Engineering.

Brown University offers a one–year Master of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) program, a STEM Masters of Science (ScM) degree based in the School of Engineering, with an accelerated schedule that begins in June (summer–fall–spring) for full–time students. The program is designed for students who have an interest in innovation management and/or entrepreneurship. PRIME graduates have secured positions in consulting, investment banking, health/medical companies, information technology, traditional engineering companies, small technology firms and as founders of new ventures.

PRIME students experience the process of creating value from technology, learn how to develop embryonic ideas and execute how to bring these ideas to market. They are equipped with core business skills in finance, strategy, marketing, technology evaluation, decision making, globalization and management are provided to assure venture success. After successfully completing the program, international students may utilize OPT, Optional Practical Training (must complete the program on campus). 

Distinct features of our program include:

  • Two enrollment options: residential format or fully online. Visit for more information
  • Rigorous, multidisciplinary curriculum
  • PRIME@Work internship requirement for one term (fall or spring); completed in person or virtually. Can be waived if working or have a start up
  • Dedicated career planning and professional coaching support
  • High faculty–to–student ratio
  • Access to all engineering facilities, including the Brown Design Workshop, and The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship which is available to further the mission of making entrepreneurship an essential part of the Brown experience. 
  • Business immersion activities
  • A week–long Silicon Valley immersion trip enables students to interact with company executives, government representatives, and technologists, richly enhancing their classroom experiences. 

Program of Study: For degree completion, students must complete at least 6 required courses plus 2 electives; director approved. The two required summer courses are delivered fully online. For full-time on campus students, in person classes begin in the fall term. For more detail, see the curriculum page on the PRIME website.

Application Information

If you have any questions regarding the application process for this program, please email

For program specific questions, please email

Application Requirements

GRE General:

Required; the GRE General Test at home version is accepted
GMAT is accepted in lieu of GRE scores


Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a degree from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction.

The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator exam are accepted.
Students from mainland China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus exam.

Official Transcripts:

Required. All applicants may upload unofficial transcripts for application submission. Official transcripts are ONLY required for enrolling students before class starts. An international transcript evaluation (WES, ECE, or SpanTran) is required for degrees from non-U.S. institutions before enrollment.

Letters of Recommendations:

Three (3) recommendations required

Personal Statement:

1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work with PRIME. Discuss your interest in technology innovation and/or entrepreneurship and how studying at Brown will further your professional goals.




Priority Deadline

Application Deadline

5th Year Deadline

Tuition and Funding

  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: Please visit the Student Financial Services Office for up-to-date tuition rates.
  • Scholarships: PRIME offers some limited merit-based scholarships. These decisions are informed by an applicant's undergrad major and prior technology innovation or entrepreneurial activities given the program's focus. Need and overall cohort composition are also considered. All applicants (domestic and international) are considered. No additional materials are required. Scholarship decisions are made at the time of admission and are final. Please note that scholarship award amounts and types may change year to year. Students are encouraged to explore work opportunities on the Brown campus. Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available for students.

Completion Requirements

Program curriculum can be accomplished in 3 semesters (summer, fall and spring) by completing the following eight courses:

  • Business Engineering Fundamentals I | ENGN2110
  • Business Engineering Fundamentals II | ENGN2120
  • Engineering Management and Decision Making | ENGN2125
  • Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization I | ENGN2150
  • Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization II | ENGN2160
  • Globalization Immersion Experience & Entrepreneurship Laboratory | ENGN2180
  • 2 Elective Courses - to be approved by the Director of PRIME

Alumni Careers

Learn More


School of Engineering Dean
Tejal Desai
Director of Graduate Studies
Patrick McHugh
Director of Professional Development
Hamzah Ansari

Contact and Location

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box D
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