10 best business schools for aspiring entrepreneurs


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Want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates… minus the whole dropping out of school thing? Then you might want to consider enrolling in one of these M.B.A. programs.

Harvard University, where Zuckerberg and Gates both studied, tied for first place with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business for the best business schools of 2018, according to a ranking by the U.S. News & World Report.

But the best business schools for accountants might not be the best business school for the next startup founder. That’s why U.S. News also ranks schools for specialty professions, including accounting, finance and entrepreneurship.

For the career-specific rankings, U.S. News asked business school deans and directors of accredited M.B.A. programs to nominate up to 10 programs for excellence in each area. The schools were then ranked based on how many votes they received.

Here are the top 10 business schools for entrepreneurs:


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10. University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

USC’s Marshall School of Business requires all full-time, first-year students to enroll in the Pacific Rim International Management Education program, which examines the business environment and management styles in Pacific Rim and Latin American countries in class and during a 10-day trip abroad. Many attribute USC’s strong “Trojan Family” alumni network as a reason for graduates’ successful job searches.

The M.B.A. program also ranked No. 8 in U.S. News & World Report’s accounting specialty ranking.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Annual tuition: $55,474 a year

Full-time enrollment: 441

Famous alumni: Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce.com

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; Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of MySpace; Chris Hansen, founder of Valiant Capital Management


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9. University of Texas— Austin, McCombs School of Business

For aspiring entrepreneurs, McCombs School of Business offers a program called the Texas M.B.A.+ Leadership Program. The school also ranks No. 1 in the accounting specialty.

Location: Austin, TX

Annual tuition: $34,296 a year (in-state); $50,296 a year (out-of-state)

Full-time enrollment: 521

Famous alumni: Southwest Airlines

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 CEO Gary C. Kelly;

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 Kraft CEO William R. Johnson; ConocoPhillips

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 CEO James Mulva


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8. Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Entrepreneurship is emphasized at the Kelley School of Business. From their first semester, students are placed into teams of four to work on projects, and a speaker series brings leaders to campus to speak with students.

Location: Bloomington, IN

Annual tuition: $25,500 a year (in-state, full-time); $44,460 a year (out-of-state, full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 370

Famous alumni: Steve Bellamy, founder of The Tennis Channel; Scott Dorsey, co-founder of High Alpha


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7. University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

The Wharton School was the U.S.’s first business school and now has the largest alumni network in the country. The school offers an outdoor leadership program called Ventures, which takes students mountaineering on Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro and trekking through Antarctica. The school has campuses in both Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Annual tuition: $67,516 a year (full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 1,708

Famous alumni: Warren Buffett, CEO of

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 co-founder Elon Musk; Zynga

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  founder Mark Pincus


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6. University of Michigan— Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Annual tuition: $59,350 a year (in-state, full-time); $64,350 a year (out-of-state, full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 801

Famous alumni: Sam Wyly, owner of the Bonanza Restaurants chain; Robert Shaye, founder of New Line Cinema


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5. University of California— Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Students at Haas benefit from proximity to the companies and startups of Silicon Valley. Students can earn an M.B.A. in 21 months in the traditional program, or in three years if they enroll in part-time programs in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Location: Berkeley, CA

Annual tuition: $56,009 a year (in-state, full-time); $57,560 a year (out-of-state, full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 502

Famous alumni: John Hanke, co-founder of Keyhole and co-creator of Google Earth; Donald Fisher, founder of Gap Inc.

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3. Harvard University (tie)

There are more than 100,000 graduates of Harvard Business School. Harvard landed the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s management specialty ranking, and tied for first place in the overall ranking.

Location: Boston, MA

Annual tuition: $63,675 a year (full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 1,871

Famous alumni: Larry Kramer, founder and former CEO of MarketWatch; Stephen Schwarzman, founder of Blackstone Group; Jennifer Hyman, co-founder of Rent The Runway


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3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management (tie)

Aspiring entrepreneurs at MIT’s Sloan School of Management can compete in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, with cash prizes for winning business plans.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Annual tuition: $67,938 a year (full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 809

Famous alumni: Former Hewlett-Packard

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 CEO Carly Fiorina; Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase; E-Trade founder William Porter


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2. Stanford University

Leadership is a focus at Stanford, where students have to go through simulations of tough management cases, such as laying off employees. The school offers clubs ranging from topics such as finance to wine.

Location: Stanford, CA

Annual tuition: $66,540 a year (full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 833

Famous alumni: Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coulombe; Charles Schwab; Nike

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1. Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Babson College has held the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of top entrepreneurship education programs for the 24th year in a row, according to the school. It ranks No. 69 overall in U.S. News’s ranking of full-time M.B.A. programs.

The school was founded in 1919 as an all-male business institute near Wellesley, Massachusetts. It has since grown to become a coed school that offers a variety of M.B.A. programs in the Massachusetts campus as well as in San Francisco. Babson College also ranks No. 2 for entrepreneurship in The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s rankings.

The school offers only one undergraduate degree, which is, naturally, a B.S. in business.

Location: Babson Park, MA

$105,118 per program (full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 319

Famous alumni: Gerber Baby Foods founder Daniel Gerber; Alamo Drafthouse co-founder Terrell Braly; Home Depot

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 co-founder Arthur Blank


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1. Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Babson College has held the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of top entrepreneurship education programs for the 24th year in a row, according to the school. It ranks No. 69 overall in U.S. News’s ranking of full-time M.B.A. programs.

The school was founded in 1919 as an all-male business institute near Wellesley, Massachusetts. It has since grown to become a coed school that offers a variety of M.B.A. programs in the Massachusetts campus as well as in San Francisco. Babson College also ranks No. 2 for entrepreneurship in The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s rankings.

The school offers only one undergraduate degree, which is, naturally, a B.S. in business.

Location: Babson Park, MA

$105,118 per program (full-time)

Full-time enrollment: 319

Famous alumni: Gerber Baby Foods founder Daniel Gerber; Alamo Drafthouse co-founder Terrell Braly; Home Depot

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 co-founder Arthur Blank