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Rady School of Management’s MBA Program Nationally Recognized for Entrepreneurship


The MBA program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego has been recognized as one of the top programs for entrepreneurship in the U.S. The school’s MBA program ranked 16th in The Princeton Review’s "Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship of 2019.” The ranking recognizes the best programs for students aspiring to launch their own businesses. The Rady School ascended from 25th to 16th in the 2019 ranking, placing the school’s MBA program among the elite programs for entrepreneurship in the U.S.

“Since its founding, the Rady School has been dedicated to providing an outstanding education focused on innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “This ranking recognizes that the Rady School is a leader in entrepreneurial education. The incredible companies founded by our students and alumni are transforming our world and are proof-positive of the quality of entrepreneurship education the school provides.”

Since the school’s first MBA class graduated in 2006, students and alumni have started over 150 operational companies, contributing over $2 billion to the economy. The rapid success of startups originating at the school can be attributed to the unique structure of the Rady School’s MBA program, which integrates entrepreneurial education into the program through its capstone Lab to Market course sequence.

The 2019 Princeton Review ranking list identifies the 25 graduate schools believed to offer the best programs in entrepreneurship studies. The ranking is based on a survey of more than 300 institutions offering such programs. The survey asked schools to report on levels of their commitment to entrepreneurship studies inside and outside the classroom. More than 40 data points were analyzed for the tally to determine the rankings. Areas where the Rady School excelled in the ranking include: 88% of companies started over the past 10 years are still operational, 99 active entrepreneurship mentors that work with students, and 87% of MBA students have developed an actionable plan to launch a business.

In addition to the Rady School’s signature Lab to Market courses focused on entrepreneurship, the school is home to the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Development (Formerly CIID). The Sullivan Center operates the school’s startup accelerator programs mystartupXX and StartR, which provide mentorship and resources for early-stage companies, as well as several other programs focused on startups and venture funding.