General Information
The establishment of Technology Entrepreneurship (TE) addresses the critical areas of research and education in technology development, commercialization and licensing, and the new-venture creation process. The program brings together faculty involved in entrepreneurship teaching and research to guide students in this program. Through a combination of teaching methods, curricular structure, and a practicum requirement in venture creation, this program hopes to produce the next generation of entrepreneurship faculty focused on high technology. Students entering this program have two options:

  • Option #1 - Students enter the TE program as a double major in Management and complete the program requirements.
  • Option #2 - Students enter the TE program and complete a minor in one of the four academic disciplines (Finance, Information Systems, Management, or Marketing) and complete the program requirements.

Students are best served if they pursue this area of specialization with Management as their second major. Students need to declare which option they choose to pursue at the time of submitting their applications. Irrespective of the path chosen, it is strongly recommended that students pursuing the TE specialization have a strong grounding in at least one of the major academic disciplines of business.

The program can also serve as a minor (see requirements below) or as part of double major in other PhD units at the University of Washington.

Admission Requirements
Doctoral study is full-time and year-round. Students are admitted in Autumn Quarter only. Most candidates will require four to five years to complete the program. In ranking applicants, we give primary consideration to student background, academic potential, and aspiration. Each applicant is evaluated in terms of the following:

  • Academic accomplishments to date, as evidenced by graduate and undergraduate grades and courses taken,
  • Institutions attended
  • Scholarships, awards, and honors earned
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Relevant nonacademic experience
  • Academic and other references
  • Statement of academic objectives

In addition, it will be helpful but not required that students have an undergraduate degree (BS or BA) in science or technology (engineering fields) or have a minimum of three years’ work experience in a high-tech or related firm. A background as an entrepreneur or experience with start ups is not a requirement for entering the program.

To enroll, the student must complete the Business School's Ph.D. application, and prepare a formal written statement, outlining his or her interests and preparation for the program. To stay in the TE program, the applicant must remain in good standing and maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.3.

Recommended Preparation Prior to Entry

Students entering the PhD Program should be comfortable with the basic concepts of calculus and statistics before they arrive on campus. It is strongly recommended that students carefully review this material during the summer before entering the program.

Technology Entrepreneurship Area Faculty Coordinator
Prof. Suresh Kotha, Technology Entrepreneurship Area Faculty Coordinator, would be glad to answer your questions. You can contact him by phone (206-543-4466) or by email (

With the guidance of a TE doctoral area adviser, students take formal coursework and participate in doctoral seminars, independent study, and research. A faculty Supervisory Committee chosen by the student early in the program will assist each student in constructing a course of study that fits that individual's background and interests.

Students who select Option #1, double major in TE and Management, should complete requirements in TE and Management. Additionally, he or she needs to complete the requirements for the Research Methods minor. Throughout the program, doctoral students receive support and training to hone their skills as researchers, teachers, and course developers.

Student who opt for Option #2 need to complete the TE major requirements, and additionally complete requirements in two minors: a minor in Research Methods and a minor in either Marketing, Finance, or Information Systems. 

Option #1: Course Requirements for TE-Management Double Major
Option #1: Typical Course Schedule

Option #2: Course Requirements for TE Major
Option #2: Typical Course Schedule

Requirements for TE Minor
Other TE Requirements
TE Faculty

Prof. Suresh Kotha, Technology Entrepreneurship Area Faculty Coordinator, would be glad to answer your questions. Contact him by phone (206-543-4466) or by email (