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Hit the Books Earning an MBA is a great way to beef up your business know-how, whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner. Check out The Princeton Review's list of top-ranked schools to find the program that's best for you.

By Nichole L. Torres

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Going back to school to get your MBA used to be a step on the way to becoming an executive at a Fortune 500 firm. Today, many aspiring entrepreneurs are enrolling in MBA programs, too, hoping the advanced degree and intensive courses in finance, management, marketing and more will help them build a solid foundation before they make the leap to full-fledged business owner.

To be sure, getting your MBA isn't a prerequisite for becoming a successful entrepreneur. But one thing is for certain, at least according to our sources at some of the nation's top-ranked MBA programs: Whether you're looking for a program with the best professors, the best classroom experience or the greatest opportunity for women, business schools are the place to be--especially if you are interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and real-life case studies. Read on to learn more about the leading MBA programs and what they have to offer. To view all 11 of The Princeton Review's ranking lists--which are based on student opinion--or to order the book Best 290 Business Schools, visit

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