Many students (including 5 St. Edward’s U. grads since 2014) come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. For this reason, ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields.
- 11 months
- includes design thinking, customer validation, financial modeling, BMC, data analysis, finance and prototyping
- Master’s Thesis Capstone: go-to-market approach with ND-based research, industry-sponsored projects or Founder’s Idea
- 44 students in the class of 2018 from various STEM fields
- 100% receive some level of scholarship award
- Average scholarship of $20k
- are changing the world at companies such as Apple, Eli Lilly, McKinsey, Walt Disney and more
- 83% are placed at graduation; 95% @ 90 days from grad
- 1 in 4 alums are in startups; 36% as founders or co-founders
Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. They are fascinated and passionate about science or engineering while yearning to put their learning into action with the tools of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is not unusual for ESTEEM graduates to leave the program throwing around words like “transformed”, “confident”, “problem solver”, and “entrepreneur” to describe themselves. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields. Our alums include Janaee Wallace (2016), Karl de Zoeten (2017), Ralph Hayyat (2017), EB Conklin Reyes (2018), and Valeria Gonzalez (2018) from St. Edward’s University.
Hey guys, for those of you who do not know me, my name is Antoine Chamoun-Farah and I am a sophomore studying chemical engineering and mathematics through the dual degree program with Washington University in St. Louis. This past Christmas break I was fortunate enough to go take the “January Intensive Term” (J-Term) at Washington University. I was enrolled in the Engineering Mechanics class, a semester-long course which I took in the span eleven days. While it was very intensive and fast paced, it confirmed that I wanted to do engineering because of how much I enjoyed the course and the school. A typical day at Washington included waking up around 6:30, taking the shuttle to the university at 8:30am and having class from 9am-5:00pm (with a lunch break and some intermediate breaks between problem solving and class time).
Another reason I wanted to participate in J-Term was so that I could explore Washington University (with the little free time that I had). Even though I did not get much time to go out and explore, the university campus is beautiful (I’ve attached some pictures at the bottom) and the faculty and engineering services staff were very welcoming. If you are at all interested in engineering or are not sure if it is for you, I would highly recommend doing the J-term and seeing how the class goes.
Overall, I had an amazing time at Washington University and hope that others will consider taking this course next Christmas break. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a STEM, economics, or design major, but also interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology?
The ESTEEM Graduate Program is an 11-month master of science degree program at the University of Notre Dame that equips students from technical backgrounds with the skills and experience to launch new businesses, become innovators within large corporations, and be leaders of dynamic, innovative teams. Over the course of a year, students are immersed in an entrepreneurial sandbox, where they get their hands dirty with entrepreneurship and innovation through a cutting-edge curriculum, a capstone commercialization thesis for an emerging technology, and outstanding out-of-the-classroom experiences. You can hear about how transformative this program can be from one of our most entrepreneurial alumni here!
ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it, by letting students get their hands dirty with entrepreneurship in one of the most realistic entrepreneurial sandboxes in higher education. By the time they graduate, due to the rigorous academic experience, exposure to real-life business ventures, and exceptional mentorship, ESTEEM students find their technical skills impactful and marketable in a rapidly changing economy. Students are launched into career tracks outside of narrow technical roles, taking leadership positions at the intersection of business and innovation. The attached brochure contains the latest career placement statistics for our graduates.
ESTEEM has had a great relationship with St. Edward’s University, with alumni/current students such as Janaee Wallace, Karl de Zoten, and Ralph Hayyat. After being on campus again this past fall meeting faculty and students, we would love to see more St. Edward’s University graduates join the program!
This year’s event features guests from Washington University in St. Louis, Valparaiso University (Indiana), and Notre Dame (Indiana) and will be held in Ragsdale 338 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 19 October. Learn about our dual 3+2 degree programs with Wash. U. and Valparaiso U., and the 4+1 Masters Degree program in Entrepreneurial Engineering with Notre Dame. For more information, contact Michael Lykaios.