Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Format | Resources

Residential and Fully Online options available

Brown's Master of Science (ScM) in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) is an exciting and rigorous one-year program. The program begins in June 2024 and concludes the following May. All students begin the program in the summer due to the sequential and accelerated nature of the program; there is no fall or spring start.

PRIME students come to the program from diverse backgrounds, but all share an interest in  technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Students are required to complete 6 PRIME courses plus 2 electives; for a total of 8 courses that is completed over 3 terms (summer, fall and spring). All students are encouraged to explore their diverse academic interests at Brown through approved electives of their choice. 

Beyond its traditional residential offering, PRIME offers a fully online option for working students, typically 0-5 years post their graduate studies.


Traditional face-to-face format in which students reside on campus for the fall and spring terms; summer term delivered fully online.

Opportunities with Residential Format:

  • Students benefit from our intentionally small class sizes with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Our rigorous and highly-supportive curriculum — taught by world-class faculty — is designed to build the network and skills vital to enhance your career 
  • Summer start enables a Brown transcript in time for the fall recruiting season
  • Teaching and research assistant roles on the Brown Campus for the fall and spring terms


PRIME's fully online modality enables students to complete a one year masters program remotely. Students will build the network and skills vital for advancing your business — without interrupting your career. Being able to continue to work, enables students the opportunity to  assist their company to reimagine and redefine itself for the future or apply your expertise to help launch your own startup. If interested, on campus engagement is welcomed throughout the duration of the program.

Online Learning:

  • Online classes are typically 2.5 to 3 hour duration Zoom video conferences.  Synchronous Zoom video conference sessions will be conducted in the evening to assure maximum convenience. Some class discussions/simulations may also be done asynchronously using our Canvas learning management system.  Sessions will be recorded to offer flexibility when needed. 

PLEASE NOTE: For international students studying on an F-1 visa and looking to utilize OPT, Optional Practical Training, all PRIME required courses must be taken in person/on campus. International students will not be eligible for OPT if the course is completed fully online.

Program Dates:

Class of 2025, study beginning summer 2024

2024 Summer term begins online for all students    June 
  Fall term begins September
  Winter Break December-January
2025  Spring term begins January
  Immersion Trip  Spring Break
  Graduation May

Some areas of expertise you will gain while in the program:

  • Business foundations – finance, marketing, strategy
  • Technology evaluation – intellectual property, teams, evaluation techniques
  • Decision making -  analytical, organizational & psychological considerations
  • Executing – lean start-up market facing business plan development
  • Globalization – ecosystems, opportunity spaces, PRIME trip to meet industry leaders

Exemplars | Career Paths of our Alumni:

Barclays Capital



Morgan Stanley


Samsung Electronic

Embraer Aircraft

Cubist Pharmaceuticals





Electronic Arts


Student Resources

The Brown Design Workshop located in the School of Engineering and is a 10,000 square-foot, student-run maker space available to the Brown community. The BDW aims to make the practices of design and creation more collaborative, open, flexible and accessible.
The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship is located at the center of college hill where it will further the mission of making entrepreneurship an essential part of the Brown experience. Whether in the classroom through the open curriculum, or through a wide range of co-curricular activities, Brown students have long pursued ambitious solutions to challenging problems.
The OPT STEM extension allows students who have completed a degree in an eligible STEM field to extend their OPT work authorization for an additional 24 months, for a total of 36 months, and gain further practical experience in their field of study, complementing the academic work.
Welcome to CareerLAB, the Center for Careers and Life after Brown! Career Counselors are available all year-long to help students discuss their career goals
Find full-time jobs and internships that are right for you. Get personalized job recommendations in your inbox. Handshake it the portal utilized for PRIME@Work internship program.