A Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to the Chris and Carol McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, dedicated to building innovative capacity in individuals, firms, and society through world class teaching and research.
Renowned for their rigor and relevance, our Entrepreneurship programs engage talented, focused students in mastering all aspects of developing ideas into viable enterprises that meet needs and solve problems. Through a combination of direct expert teaching, intense practical work, and close guidance from experienced mentor-entrepreneurs, our students leave the McGuire Center equipped with the spirit, mindset, and process skills necessary to excel as innovators and entrepreneurs in whatever path their imagination takes them.
Complementing our educational programs is a rich research program aimed at developing and diffusing in-depth understanding of the nature and complexity of innovation and entrepreneurship as an essentially creative and collaborative human endeavor that transforms and benefits society. In addition to our own research, we support competitive research grants, research colloquiums and workshops, and visiting scholars.
We invite you to get to know our people and programs by browsing our website—or joining us. We welcome relationships with scholars from diverse disciplines, and seek exceptional and highly motivated students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level from all fields of study, who share our enthusiasm and interest in creating a better world through innovation.
About the McGuire Center
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was established in 1984. One of the first university-based centers for entrepreneurship, the Center is one of the few to consistently maintain top tier ranking status.
Rankings and awards include #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate nationally by Entrepreneur / Princeton Review; #6 globally by Financial Times; #4 among public undergraduate programs and #6 among public graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report; National Model Program by United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
The Center houses the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, open to graduate and undergraduate students from across The University of Arizona, a variety of elective and stand alone courses, robust research agenda and a rich community service mandate.
The Center is committed to enabling and advancing entrepreneurial goals of all university populations, and to advancing the understanding of the influence and role of entrepreneurship in both the business and academic communities. Through the vision and commitment of partners and supporters throughout the university, entrepreneurship offerings exist in a range of departments, colleges and fields of study.