Respected and Affordable Entrepreneurship Degree in North Carolina

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship or Innovation Leadership

Whether you aspire to build your own business from the ground up, grow an existing one, or lead change within an organization, WCU’s Master of Entrepreneurship in Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MEILE) program can help you minimize risk and maximize reward.

You Decide Your Path: Choose from Two Strategic Concentrations
  1. Entrepreneurship for those launching a new venture or growing an emerging business.
  2. Innovation Leadership for those leading exciting, innovative change through intrapreneurship (entrepreneurial process within an organization). 

Program Highlights

  • Fully online degree with a strong learning community
  • WCU is part of the 6% of universities accredited by AACSB
  • WCU offers some of the lowest tuition rates in North Carolina
  • GRE/GMAT/MAT is NOT required

What Can You Do with This Degree?

MEILE students receive both an education and the real-world experience needed to go from creating a new venture to scaling an organization.

Depending on your concentration and aspirations, you might seek a career in any of the following roles:

  • Business Owner (Start-up)
  • Social Entrepreneur (Start-up)
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Director of Innovation
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Head of Digital Ventures
  • Strategy Consulting (various roles)
Customize Your Learning Experience Based on Your Goals and Desires
Participate in National, Regional, and Local Pitch Competitions
Earn Your Degree for Less Than $10,000*
Faculty Have Real-World Business Experience

Part of the 6% of universities accredited by AACSB

18 Months

Earn your degree in as little as 18 months.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are the #1 reason students love their graduate experience at WCU.

Part of the 6% of universities accredited by AACSB

18 Months

Earn your degree in as little as 18 months.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are the #1 reason students love their graduate experience at WCU.

*Based on in-state tuition. Program length and cost can vary based on modality, credit hours enrolled, summer term registration, and required/waived fees.

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Real-World Education and Experience

Our program offers a collaborative, imaginative, and supportive learning community dedicated to developing dynamic entrepreneurs ready to build the “next big thing”. Our program focuses on expanding your critical thinking, decision-making, and problem solving skills. You will emerge both personally and professionally empowered to pursue a career as an outstanding entrepreneur, innovator, or thought leader. Whether you’re a working professional looking to move up the ranks in your field, or someone who wants an educational advantage, our courses are designed for your individual needs.

What Can Western Carolina University Offer You and Your Future?


Tucked away in the mountains of Western North Carolina, WCU is a close-knit community of faculty and students working together to build a global network. With more than 11,500 students attending Cullowhee, Asheville, and online programs, WCU offers a large network of students and alumni locally and across the country (and around the world!) to leverage for future networking opportunities.

Relationships Matter to Us

WCU College of Business faculty value one-on-one relationships with students, supporting them throughout their graduate experience and continuing to offer mentorship after the graduation caps have been thrown and tassels turned to the other side.

Our professors share deep business wisdom and offer a rich experience to empower students in their careers now and well into the future. We aim to foster lasting relationships with alumni and local businesses to keep our community thriving together.

Why Enroll at WCU College of Business?

Our accredited and devoted faculty are the #1 reason students love their graduate experience at WCU.

Our programs are built around deeply engaged faculty who not only have years of experience as educators but are also leaders in their respective fields, bringing their diverse knowledge directly into each classroom.

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Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees.

WCU College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier global accrediting agency for business programs. Less than 6% of business schools have AACSB accreditation for their graduate and undergraduate programs.