Masters in Disruptive Innovation

Learn how to harness disruptive technologies to drive innovation and maintain relevance in a rapidly changing business landscape with Hult’s Masters in Disruptive Innovation.

Masters in Disruptive Innovation


Masters in Disruptive Innovation at Hult

Available only as part of the Dual Degree program, this degree is designed to equip you with both a practical business understanding and the knowledge of how people, technology, and digitization overlap to impact decision-making and organizational change.

You’ll be based at Hult’s San Francisco campus, just a few miles from the giants of Silicon Valley at the heart of where the innovation revolution first began, surrounded by disruptive startups and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Program overview

Candidates who have successfully completed a Hult masters degree immediately prior

Home campus options:
San Francisco

Rotation campus options:
Not available

Length of program:
6 months

Potential careers:
– Entrepreneur
– Marketing Strategy Manager
– Product Manager
– Innovation Architect
– Product Innovation Executive
– Program Manager

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This highly practical curriculum equips you with cutting-edge business and digital acumen. Disruption and innovation impact all areas of the workforce and fundamentally change how businesses grow.

As companies race to innovate in a shifting digital landscape, this degree will enable you to link successful business decisions with technological advancement. Develop an understanding of the potential impact of emerging technologies and lead the charge in the next generation of innovation.

Male Disruptive innovation Business Masters student | Hult

“It’s vital to look at disruptive markets and how to mitigate risk in an environment of high uncertainty. I dream of being an entrepreneur, and being able to have a future outlook and methodically gain insights about which markets might be disrupted, and which cues to look for, will be very valuable to me.”

Andreas Moeller, Danish, Masters in International Business with Dual Degree in Masters in Disruptive Innovation, Class of 2019, San Francisco campus


At Hult, you'll go beyond business to learn about the world, the future, and yourself through a practical approach that is embedded into the student experience and the curriculum.

Immersed in diversity
Join classmates of more than 160 nationalities, speaking more than 100 languages as you learn about the world and how to work across cultures.
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Learn by doing
Put theory into practice and gain firsthand experience throughout your degree by working in diverse teams to solve real-world problems.
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Lead with confidence
Develop deep self-awareness through self-assessments and skills diagnostics, and continually improve through practice, coaching, and peer feedback.
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Shape the future
Learn to thrive in a time of constant change, understand the technologies driving it and how you can harness their power to shape the future.
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Available only as part of the Dual Degree program, you will complete your core courses over six months of accelerated study. Electives are not available for this program.

Fall - Winter

Leading for Innovation

Evidence shows that generating and sustaining innovation is among the most daunting challenges business leaders face. You will explore concepts for generating breakthrough innovation and tools for making innovation real. Dive into the dynamics of innovation and learn how leading teams hold the key to succeeding at innovation, and what we can learn from the innovation process, with examples of different organizational designs that stimulate innovation. Explore the characteristics that distinguish successful leaders, including ambidexterity, i.e. the ability to exploit existing knowledge and explore new knowledge, tolerance to ambiguity, and above all persistence.

Disruptive Business Models

Increasingly, business model innovation is the most critical form of sustainable competitive advantage. Yet all too often, companies attempt to compete and bring new products and services to market with outdated business models, a certain recipe for failure. Learn how to effectively manage creativity in the process of generating high-potential ideas and converting them into disruptive new business models. The focus is on drawing and synthesizing concepts, practices, and techniques from the functional areas of entrepreneurship, strategy, sales and marketing, and business process design, and implementing them.

Digital Disruption

Explore how digital technology impacts existing business practice in disruptive ways, threatening and invalidating existing business models. At the same time, digital technologies offer new opportunities for the creation of innovative business models for entrepreneurs to compete in a wide range of industries. How can a company protect its business from the negative effects of digital disruption and take advantage of the opportunities brought in by the development of digital platforms with network effects, artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics and intelligent autonomy, tying into the emerging Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution? You will focus on finding the answer to this question and will also address broad industry change brought about by digital platforms in such industries as music, mobile communication, and advertising.

Co-Creation Networks

Explore innovations resulting from co-creations of partners in knowledge networks and the relationships and technologies that facilitate these networks. You will address a variety of open collaborations, including university partnerships, innovation contests, and research consortiums. Examples will be drawn from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, power generation, and medicine.

Managing Emerging Technologies

Learn about how the global economy looks to innovation hubs to help industries drive growth through technology innovation. Technology industries often have distinctive features which challenge conventional wisdom regarding economic, market, and organizational dynamics. Success in commercializing new technologies often requires these interrelated mindset shifts: from diminishing returns to increasing returns logics, from market environments which seek consistency to those which promote constant disruption, from tactics to achieve market share to winner-takes-all tactics, and from understanding consumer purchase behavior to understanding the dynamics of diffusion.

Venture Financing

A new business does not have the financing opportunities of an established business. You will learn about effective financial and business techniques necessary for a successful business startup. You will gain the essential tools and know-how you need to build a sturdy financial foundation for a profitable business. A practical road map is developed to guide you in crafting a meaningful business plan, fundraising, business execution needed to bring the business to the next level, and developing an exit strategy. You’ll also discover methods for how entrepreneurs can keep financial control of their enterprise and insightful tips for avoiding the multitude of financial barriers that may block their entrepreneurial dream.


*Course titles and sequencing are subject to change.

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Your campus location

Study in the global center of innovation, San Francisco, just a few miles from the giants of Silicon Valley. You’ll study alongside students from over 160 nationalities and graduate with a global network in place.



Billed Cost of Attendance for 2019 - 2020

Dual Degree Program Fee

San Francisco USD


Insurance Coverage*

San Francisco USD


Library Materials**

San Francisco USD


* Insurance provider varies by campus location.

** Library includes Harvard cases, articles and other licensed materials.

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You can apply for a range of merit-based scholarships that reward your achievements and potential. So whether you’re an academic high achiever, an aspiring entrepreneur, or have a demonstrated aptitude to lead—there could be a scholarship for you at Hult.

Social Impact Scholarship

The Social Impact Scholarship is for applicants who have had, and will have, a positive impact in making the world a better place. Successful candidates will either be from a developing country with plans to use their degree to improve the lives of their fellow citizens, or have worked in organizations serving underprivileged populations. Hult is seeking candidates who can represent the world’s underprivileged and who have high potential for positive impact.

Application requirements

For relevant position(s) held please detail:

  • Name of organization
  • Title of position held
  • Dates position held
  • Overview of role and responsibilities
  • Brief essay detailing the impact you had (max 300 words)

You can apply for scholarships as part of your online application to Hult.

Global Professional Scholarship

The Global Professional Scholarship is awarded to aspiring business leaders who have worked full-time for a minimum of one year in a large global corporation. For this scholarship, Hult is seeking applicants who have experience in an international company and understand the global business environment.

Application requirements

For relevant position(s) held please detail:

  • Name of organization
  • Title of position held
  • Dates position held
  • Overview of role and responsibilities
  • Brief essay detailing what it taught you about the challenges of international business (max 300 words)

You can apply for scholarships as part of your online application to Hult.

Entrepreneurial Impact Scholarship

The Entrepreneurial Impact Scholarship is for professionals who have had an internship or volunteer experience and have demonstrated involvement, leadership, or had a role in the outcome of an entrepreneurial project. For this scholarship, Hult is seeking candidates who think and act with an entrepreneurial spirit and have a strong sense of how to put a project or idea into action.

Application requirements

For relevant position(s) held please detail:

  • Name of organization
  • Title of position held
  • Dates position held
  • Overview of role and responsibilities
  • Brief essay detailing the impact you had (max 300 words)

You can apply for scholarships as part of your online application to Hult.

Future Leader Scholarship

The Future Leader Scholarship is for students who have demonstrated enthusiasm and a natural aptitude to lead. This may be in a work context through inspiring and managing a high performing team, or by holding significant leadership roles in a social, charitable or entrepreneurial context. For this scholarship, Hult is seeking candidates who can lead successfully through exciting and motivating others.

Application requirements

  • Name of organization
  • Title of position held
  • Dates position held
  • Overview of role and responsibilities
  • Brief essay detailing the impact you had (max 300 words)

You can apply for scholarships as part of your online application to Hult.

Women in Business Scholarship

The Women in Business Scholarship is for female applicants who have work or internship experience or have led a team in an international environment. For this scholarship, Hult is seeking female leaders who have experience in a global company and understand today’s international business environment.

Application requirements

  • Name of organization
  • Title of position held
  • Dates position held
  • Overview of role and responsibilities
  • Brief essay detailing from your experience, why you think it is important to have women in leadership positions (max 300 words)

You can apply for scholarships as part of your online application to Hult.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is for candidates who have excelled in their studies, earning an outstanding GPA.

Application requirements

  • Documents demonstrating your academic achievement
  • Degree certificates including course name and university
  • Brief essay detailing what academic achievement you are most proud of and why (max 300 words)
  • GMAT score report (if applicable)

You can apply for scholarships as part of your online application to Hult.

Contact us for more information on the needs-based financial aid available


Apply to Hult’s Masters in Disruptive Innovation

We assess candidates individually based on the strength of their whole profile. Your drive and your mindset are important indicators of your success here, and we value them as much as your proven achievements.

Hult's Masters in Disruptive Innovation is only available as a second masters degree. For your first degree, you can choose between the following Hult Masters degree programs: Masters in International Business, Masters in International Marketing, Masters in Finance, and Masters in Business Analytics.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of immediately prior Hult masters degree

Apply online now, and one of our Enrollment Advisors will get in touch to support you through the process.

How to apply

01 Activate your profile

  • Go to the application page
  • Enter your personal details, recent employment history, and education history
  • Pay the $150 USD application fee to activate your profile, and your personal Enrollment Advisor will be in touch

02 Application consultation

  • A member of the Enrollment Team will call you to discuss your suitability for the program and guide you through the next steps

03 Complete your application

Submit the following documents in Hult's online application. A conditional acceptance may still be given prior to submission of test scores.

  • Current resume/CV
  • Personal statement as a 400-500 word essay *One academic or professional reference
  • A copy of your bachelors degree or equivalent
  • Transcripts (in English) from all universities attended
  • Admissions test scores, if required. i.e. GMAT, GRE, or the Hult Business Assessment Test (your Enrollment Advisor will let you know if you are required to submit this)
  • Evidence of English proficiency, i.e. TOEFL/ IELTS, if required (your Enrollment Advisor will let you know if you are required to submit this)
  • Scholarship and financial aid application

04 Personal assessment interview

  • We will assess your profile, goals, and overall fit for the program in an in-person or phone interview
  • We will also review your English proficiency during the interview

05 Admissions decision

  • You will receive an admissions decision within two weeks, including decisions on any financial assistance applications
  • If you have yet to submit required documents, you may receive a conditional acceptance.

06 Submit outstanding documents

  • If you receive a conditional acceptance, you will need to submit any outstanding required documentation— such as your test scores or college transcripts—before you start your program

Apply for this program

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Application deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis with priority being given to those who apply by our official application deadlines.

Early decision

Apply by

September 4, 2018

Round 1

Apply by

October 24, 2018

Round 2

Apply by

December 18, 2018

Round 3

Apply by

February 12, 2019

Round 4

Apply by

March 26, 2019

Round 5

Apply by

May 14, 2019

Round 6

Apply by

June 25, 2019

Round 7

Apply by

July 23, 2019



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