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Getting an MBA can be a huge boost if you want to advance your career by starting your own business. Here are some of the best MBA programs in the world where you can get that boost.

Education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds annually rank the best MBA programmes in the world based on surveys of employers, academics, and business school programs.

They recently released rankings of MBA programmes that are good for specific career specialisations, focusing on programs with strong career outcomes in particular industries or activities.

For their ranking of the best MBA programmes for careers in entrepreneurship, they combined their overall ranking of the best MBA programmes in the world with further data on how many graduates went on to start their own businesses, the programmes' reputations among employers for developing entrepreneurial skills, and faculty members' research output in fields related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Here are the 25 best MBA programmes for careers in entrepreneurship, according to QS, along with the share of recent graduates who started their own businesses and the programs' scores from 0 to 100 in the three entrepreneurship-specific categories listed above:


25. Copenhagen Business School

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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Share of graduates starting their own business: 5%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 95

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24. IMD

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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Share of graduates starting their own business: 4%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 86

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23. Northwestern (Kellogg)

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Location: Evanston, IL

Share of graduates starting their own business: 2%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 94

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22. Yale

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Location: New Haven, CT

Share of graduates starting their own business: 6%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 80

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21. SDA Bocconi

Location: Milan, Italy

Share of graduates starting their own business: 4%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

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20. NYU (Stern)

Location: New York, NY

Share of graduates starting their own business: 3%

Career placement score: Not Available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 88

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19. ESSEC

Location: Paris, France/Singapore

Share of graduates starting their own business: 30%

Career placement score: 100

Employer reputation score: 60

Research strength score: 87

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18. University of Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong

Share of graduates starting their own business: 12%

Career placement score: 80

Employer reputation score: 80

Research strength score: 91

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17. University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson)

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Location: Los Angeles, CA

Share of graduates starting their own business: 5%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 91

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15 (tie). Columbia University

Location: New York, NY

Share of graduates starting their own business: 4%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

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15 (tie). HEC Paris

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Location: Jouy-en-Josas, France

Share of graduates starting their own business: 5%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 91

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14. University of Chicago (Booth)

Location: Chicago, IL

Share of graduates starting their own business: 3%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

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13. INSEAD

Location: Fontainebleau, France/Singapore

Share of graduates starting their own business: 3%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

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12. London Business School

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Location: London, UK

Share of graduates starting their own business: 4%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 91

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11. MIT (Sloan)

Location: Cambridge, MA

Share of graduates starting their own business: 5%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 95

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10. University of Cambridge (Judge)

Location: Cambridge, UK

Share of graduates starting their own business: 8%

Career placement score: 40

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

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9. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

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Location: Philadelphia, PA

Share of graduates starting their own business: 5%

Career placement score: Not available

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 98

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8. University of California at Berkeley (Haas)

Location: Berkeley, CA

Share of graduates starting their own business: 8%

Career placement score: 40

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

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6 (tie). Harvard

Location: Boston, MA

Share of graduates starting their own business: 7%

Career placement score: 40

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 97

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6 (tie). IESE Business School

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Share of graduates starting their own business: 10%

Career placement score: 60

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 91

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5. ESADE

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Share of graduates starting their own business: 10%

Career placement score: 60

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 91

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4. Oxford University (Saïd)

Location: Oxford, UK

Share of graduates starting their own business: 11%

Career placement score: 60

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 93

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2 (tie). IE Business School

Location: Madrid, Spain

Share of graduates starting their own business: 25%

Career placement score: 100

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 67

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2 (tie). Imperial College Business School

Location: London, UK

Share of graduates starting their own business: 13%

Career placement score: 80

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 95

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1. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Share of graduates starting their own business: 16%

Career placement score: 100

Employer reputation score: 100

Research strength score: 92

Read more about Stanford at TopMBA»

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