Located: Evanston, Illinois
Tuition per year: $25,872 full time; $33,989 part time
Part-time or full-time: Both
Time needed to complete the program: two years full time, with summers off; 2.5 years part time, including summers
Degree awarded: MBA
Sample course titles: "Entrepreneurial Finance," "Internet Business Model," "Case Studies in Venture Capital"
For more information:http://www.kellogg.nwu.edu/index.htm ; (847) 491-3300
Why it's worthy: The Entrepreneur Lab offers beginning students opportunities to form teams and undertake consulting assignments with companies--mostly ones in a start-up incubator located near campus. Classes are reportedly first-rate. Graeme Alexander, 29, loved a class appropriately titled, "There Are No Rules." "I was surprised at how fluid deal-making is," says Alexander. "There is no formula. It's all about what two or more parties can agree on."
Geoff Williams has written for numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Consumer Reports, LIFE and Entertainment Weekly. He also is the author of Living Well with Bad Credit.