The Deliberate Entrepreneur

University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)

Located: Los Angeles

Tuition per year: $21,374 full time; $28,500 part time

Part-time or full-time: Both. Part-timers receive an Executive MBA, instead of a traditional MBA. It's the same thing, except classes are held evenings and weekends.

Time needed to complete the program: Two years (both full time and part time)

Degrees awarded: MBA; Executive MBA

Sample course titles: "Feasibility Analysis," "Managing Rapidly Growing Ventures," "The Business Plan"

For more information:http://www.marshall.usc.edu ; (213) 740-1111

Why it's worthy: The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies takes its name very seriously. While the building is new, the program has been around since 1971. "It's the best overall program for budding entrepreneurs," one 28-year-old student raved. "Unbelievable teachers and contacts," said another.

Real-world experience can also be found here. You could join the Entrepreneur Venture Management Association, which features a zillion different events, "such as speakers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists," says 26-year-old student Lorena Martin, "or idea forums, where students present their ideas and receive feedback in a confidential environment."

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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.

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This article was originally published in the May 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: The Deliberate Entrepreneur.

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