Entrepreneurship and Innovation was a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the School of Graduate StudiesThis discipline is currently NOT accepting new students for the primary or the co-discipline. Students interested in graduate study in Entrepreneurship can contact the department chair, Dr. Jeffrey Hornsby, at (816) 235-2205.

Note: The discipline-specific requirements listed here are in addition to the requirements listed in Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application Procedure and Minimum Criteria for Admission and Minimum Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements.

Program Intent

The Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GEI) participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and meets the needs of students interested in supplementing his or her primary research interests with a course of study in entrepreneurship and innovation. Students interested in specifically focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation, with the intention of pursuing a career as a tenure-track faculty member in a business school, should consider the GEI full-time Ph.D. program offered through the Bloch School of Management.  

Suggested Primary Disciplines

Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Physics

Program Requirements

Students who select entrepreneurship as a co-discipline must complete four doctoral seminars (12 credits) offered by GEI doctoral faculty. The Ph.D. Program Director must approve the chosen courses, consistent with the student’s research interests and background.

Comprehensive Examination

Students will complete an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Comprehensive Examination determined by the GEI faculty at the completion of the four required courses.  


Students will work with the primary discipline on the extent to which the entrepreneurship and innovation literature informs the dissertation’s central research question. At least one dissertation committee member should be a member of the GEI doctoral faculty, but may not chair the committee.