The Deliberate Entrepreneur

University of Texas at Austin (The Texas Business School)

Located: If you can't figure this out, you don't deserve to attend.

Tuition per year: In-state $19,062; out-of-state $28,212; international $28,312

Part-time or full-time: Full-time

Time to complete program: Two years

Degree awarded: MBA

Sample course titles: "Managing Growth," "Entrepreneurship and New Ventures"

For more information: ; (512) 471-7603

Why it's worthy: Like the state, UTA's interest in entrepreneurs is big. The graduate program has 20 internships at start-up companies, lots of professors who double as entrepreneurs, an Austin Technology Incubator that specializes in high-tech start-ups, and a very active club called the Entrepreneurship Society.

Second-year student Laura Bennett didn't intend to be an entrepreneur, but was so impressed by the curriculum she now plans to start her own business someday. The school's location is also a plus, Bennett says: "The Austin community is full of small to medium-sized businesses that like to tap into MBA knowledge. This provides us with a great learning experience. The projects I've participated in have been mostly with large, national companies. But I've also [had] classes where students have worked with local companies, including Dell, Whole Foods and several smaller technology companies."

Contact Sources

Isochron Data Corp., 3925 W. Breaker Ln., #2470, Austin, TX 78759,

Geoff Williams ( got a C- in bioanthropology.

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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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