Top 10 Graduate Programs 2008

If you're looking to hone your entrepreneurial skills, don't miss our look at the top graduate programs in the country.

What better place to learn about entrepreneurship than from professors who have already experienced it themselves?

With the Princeton Review, Entrepreneur magazine compiled a list of the top 25 graduate programs for entrepreneurship in the country. Here, we take a more in-depth look at the top 10. Whether you prefer the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, you'll be sure to find a well-respected program that will put you on the path to business ownership.

Babson College

The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Location: Babson Park, Massachusetts
Enrolled students: 1,583
Faculty who are entrepreneurs: 95 percent

Babson believes that the links between business and art, and entrepreneurs and artists are compelling and rich. The two-year MBA program features creativity as one of the early and essential components. Rather than engaging intellectually with creativity, for example, by reading scholarly articles, discussing theories or simply talking in a classroom setting about what creativity might be, Babson MBA students actively "practice" creativity.

DePaul University

University of Southern California

Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Location: Los Angeles
Enrolled students: 1,059
Faculty who are entrepreneurs: 100 percent

University of Southern California's program covers the entire span on entrepreneurship while teaching against a model of feasibility. Real entrepreneurs don't write business plans--initially. The school's success is its alumni, which include Paul Orfalea of Kinko's, Marc Benioff of SalesForce.com, Chris DeWolfe of MySpace.com, and Dave Gilbert and Dan Feder of FivePoint Capital.

The University of Arizona

University of South Florida

University of Illinois, Chicago

University of California, Los Angeles

Drexel University

Chapman University

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kenan-Flagler Business School Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Enrolled students: 1,300
Faculty who are entrepreneurs: 94 percent

Kenan-Flagler has a unique strength internationally in venture capital and private equity. It's nationally recognized for the depth of curriculum in private equity finance, deal structure and valuation. The Venture Capital Investment Competition is the nation's premier student venture capital competition, with the leading business school participating in regional competitions throughout the U.S. and Europe, with an Asian competition being added this year. As a capstone of the program, the school is forming two student-managed venture funds: one investing in private equity and a second focused on real estate.

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