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Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

The Princeton Review, in partnership with Entrepreneur, ranks the top graduate programs at universities.
Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019
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Entrepreneur Staff
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There are two tracks to entrepreneurship: You can dive in and figure it out (hopefully) as you go, or attend a college or a university dedicated to teaching the tools needed by -- and harnessing the passion of -- entrepreneurs. These classrooms are where tomorrow’s CEOs and startup founders focus their drive and, more important, meet the people who can help turn their ideas into reality.

Each year Entrepreneur partners with The Princeton Review to rank the top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate schools for entrepreneurs. The annual survey, now in its 13th year, looks at more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S and abroad and weighs each institution’s commitment to provide its students with world-class mentors, professors, and alumni and an environment for budding entrepreneurs to thrive. (To read more about our methodology, pick up our Dec. 2018 issue of Entrepreneur.)

Related: What's Happening on the Entrepreneur Index Right Now

Click on the slideshow to see who made the list for the top 25 grad programs for entrepreneurship.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

1. Babson College

1. Babson College
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Babson Park, Mass.
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Tuition:
$69,520
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
36
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
987

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
100%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
678
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$218 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Babson College was established in 1978. It currently offers 36 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 678 companies and have collectively raised $218 million in funding.

Its entire graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

2. University of Chicago

2. University of Chicago
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Chicago, Ill.
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Tuition:
$59,753
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
35
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
1,803

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
56%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
296
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$552 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at the University of Chicago was established in 1998. It currently offers 35 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 296 companies and have collectively raised nearly $552 million in funding.

Fifty-six percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

3. Rice University

3. Rice University
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Houston, Texas
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Tuition:
$56,097
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
30
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
713

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
83%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
192
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$1.9 billion

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Rice University was established in 2001. It currently offers 30 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 192 companies and have collectively raised over $1.9 billion in funding.

Eighty-three percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

4. Northwestern University

4. Northwestern University
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Evanston, Ill.
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Tuition:
$73,074
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
61
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
1,761

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
86%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
173
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$191 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Northwestern University was established in 2003. It currently offers 61 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 173 companies and have collectively raised over $191 million in funding.

Eighty-six percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

5. Columbia University

New York, NY
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Tuition:
$71,624
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
24
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
5,000

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
NR
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
644
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$17 billion

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Columbia University was established in 2013. It currently offers 24 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 644 companies and have collectively raised over $17 billion in funding.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

6. University of Texas at Austin

6. University of Texas at Austin
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Austin, Texas
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Tuition:
Out of state: $54,500
In-state: $40,500
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
49
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
466

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
92%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
70
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
NR

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at the University of Texas at Austin was established in 2001. It currently offers 49 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 70 companies

Ninety-two percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

7. University of Virginia

7. University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, Va.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $67,668
In-state: $65,350
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
30
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
655

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
100%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
151
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$408 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at University of Virginia was established in 1995. It currently offers 30 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 151 companies and have collectively raised over $408 million in funding.

Its entire graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

8. University of Michigan

8. University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $64,678
In-state: $59,678
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
60
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
2,449

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
43%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
194
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$129 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at University of Michigan was established in 1999. It currently offers 60 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 194 companies and have collectively raised over $129 million in funding.

Forty-three percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

9. Northeastern University

9. Northeastern University
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Boston, Mass.
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Tuition:
$44,605
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
60
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
1,956

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
47%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
131
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$12 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Northeastern University was established in 2012. It currently offers 60 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 131 companies and have collectively raised over $12 million in funding.

Forty-seven percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

10. Brigham Young University

10. Brigham Young University
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Provo, Utah
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Tuition:
$13,060
 
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
31
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
531

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
93%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
94
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$217 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Brigham Young University was established in 1989. It currently offers 31 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 94 companies and have collectively raised nearly $217 million in funding.

Ninety-three percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Related: 5 Schools That Offer Serious Cash for Business Plan Competitions

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

11. University of Texas, Dallas

11. University of Texas, Dallas
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Richardson, Texas
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Tuition:
Out of state: $31,090
In-state: $15,921
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
28
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
676

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
67%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
392
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$21 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at the University of Texas, Dallas was established in 2005. It currently offers 28 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 392 companies and have collectively raised $21 million in funding.

Sixty-seven percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

12. The University of South Florida

12. The University of South Florida
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Tampa, Fla.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $20,637
In-state: $11,253
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
58
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
704

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
96%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
341
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$17 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at the University of South Florida was established in 2002. It currently offers 58 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 341 companies and have collectively raised $17 million in funding.

Ninety-six percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

13. University of Washington

Seattle, Wash.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $49,671
In-state: $34,404
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
52
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
528

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
45%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
208
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$19 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at the University of Washington was established in 1991. It currently offers 52 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 208 companies and have collectively raised over $19 million in funding.

Forty-five percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

14. Syracuse University

14. Syracuse University
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Syracuse, N.Y.
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Tuition:
$43,346
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
24
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
1,616

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
100%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
90
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
NR

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Syracuse University was established in 1996. It currently offers 24 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 90 companies.

Its entire graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $61,252
In-state: $46,128
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
31
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
726

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
90%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
34
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$21 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established in 1985. It currently offers 31 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 34 companies and have collectively raised over $21 million in funding.

Ninety percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

16. University of California–San Diego

16. University of California–San Diego
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La Jolla, Calif.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $55,546
In-state: $48,961
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
28
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
349

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
57%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
75
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$500 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at University of California San Diego was established in 2012. It currently offers 28 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 75 companies and have collectively raised $500 million in funding.

Fifty-seven percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

17. University of Rochester

17. University of Rochester
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Rochester, N.Y.
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Tuition:
$47,212
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
35
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
359

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
77%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
105
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$41 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at University of Rochester was established in 2006. It currently offers 35 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 105 companies and have collectively raised nearly $41 million in funding.

Seventy-seven percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Related: The 5 Grad Schools With the Most Opportunities for Mentorship

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

18. Washington University in St. Louis

18. Washington University in St. Louis
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St. Louis, Mo.
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Tuition:
$55,385
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
33
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
479

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
69%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
58
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$100 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Washington University in St. Louis was established in 2003. It currently offers 33 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 58 companies and have collectively raised over $100 million in funding.

Sixty-nine percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

19. University of Utah

19. University of Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Tuition:
Out of state: $31,225
In-state: $30,400
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
19
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
303

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
88%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
107
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$11 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at University of Utah was established in 2002. It currently offers 19 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 107 companies and have collectively raised over $11 million in funding.

Eighty-eight percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

20. DePaul University

20. DePaul University
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Chicago, Ill.
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Tuition:
$24,960
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
43
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
440

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
54%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
131
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$10 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at DePaul University was established in 2003. It currently offers 43 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 131 companies and have collectively raised nearly $10 million in funding.

Fifty-four percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

21. Saint Louis University

St. Louis
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Tuition:
$52,475
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
75
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
739

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
64%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
63
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$40 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at St. Louis University was established in 1987. It currently offers 75 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 63 companies and have collectively raised over $40 million in funding.

Sixty-four percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

22. New York University

22. New York University
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Tuition:
$71,658
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
19
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
1,124

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
38%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
42
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$229 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at New York University was established in 1983. It currently offers 19 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 42 companies and have collectively raised nearly $229 million in funding.

Thirty-eight percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

23. Texas A&M University

23. Texas A&M University
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College Station, Texas
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Tuition:
Out of state: $34,847
In-state: $22,213
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
22
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
593

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
50%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
7
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
NR

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Texas A&M University was established in 1999. It currently offers 22 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 7 companies.

Half of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

24. Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Okla.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $18,118
In-state: $6,492
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
21
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
208

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
82%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
70
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$15 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at Oklahoma State University was established in 2009. It currently offers 21 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 70 companies and have collectively raised over $15 million in funding.

Eighty-two percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019

25. University of Maryland

College Park, Md.
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Tuition:
Out of state: $54,409
In-state: $45,499
No. of entrepreneur-related courses:
34
Students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes:
791

Percent of faculty with entrepreneurial experience:
70%
Startups launched by grads in last 5 years:
44
Funding raised by grads in last 5 years:
$6 million

About the program

The entrepreneurship center at the University of Maryland was established in 1986. It currently offers 34 entrepreneurship-related graduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 44 companies and have collectively raised over $6 million in funding.

Seventy percent of the total graduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business.

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  • Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019
  • 1. Babson College
  • 2. University of Chicago
  • 3. Rice University
  • 4. Northwestern University
  • 5. Columbia University
  • 6. University of Texas at Austin
  • 7. University of Virginia
  • 8. University of Michigan
  • 9. Northeastern University
  • 10. Brigham Young University
  • 11. University of Texas, Dallas
  • 12. The University of South Florida
  • 13. University of Washington
  • 14. Syracuse University
  • 15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 16. University of California–San Diego
  • 17. University of Rochester
  • 18. Washington University in St. Louis
  • 19. University of Utah
  • 20. DePaul University
  • 21. Saint Louis University
  • 22. New York University
  • 23. Texas A&M University
  • 24. Oklahoma State University
  • 25. University of Maryland
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