Top Schools for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Jan 04, 2020

Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners can prepare for career success by earning an undergraduate or master's degree in business or a related topic.

School Overviews

Aspiring entrepreneurs can find programs at these colleges and universities below. All the schools have designated centers or programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and offer degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each school also earned a high rank from U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Babson College in Babson Park, MA

School Highlight: 86 percent of the faculty at this school holds at least a doctorate degree.

Primarily taught and administered in the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, the school offers both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurship. Students have access to the Arthur M. Black Center for Entrepreneurship, which houses additional programs and resources, such as the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) and Diana Project. Babson's graduate-level entrepreneurship program was #1, per U.S. News & World Report's 2020 list.

University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

School Highlight: In-house faculty at the Eller College of Management have experience in the corporate world.

Through the Eller College of Management, which hosts the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, students can pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship. These include a traditional MBA in Entrepreneurship, as well as a Master of Management Information Systems (MIS) and Master of Accounting, both of which allow for a track in entrepreneurship. The school's graduate entrepreneurship program was ranked #12 by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: The school has an Entrepreneurship Club.

At the Harvard Business School, students can pursue an MBA, DBA or PhD. The school also offers educational programs and courses for senior executives at organizations in a wide range of industries. The school is also home to the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, which offers relevant resources for both students and alumni. For 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard tied at #3 among business schools and #4 for its graduate-level entrepreneurship offerings.

Top Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Schools

Here are two more schools with excellent business programs:

  • Indiana University in Bloomington was ranked tied at #10 for its undergraduate business entrepreneurship programs by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.
  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor sponsors students for 12-week summer internships at venture capital firms.

Students who want to become entrepreneurs or small business owners can enroll in programs at some of the nation's best business schools.

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