The Princeton Review has recognized the MBA program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego as one of the top programs for entrepreneurship in the U.S. The only California graduate program to be recognized, the Rady School ranked 22nd in the “Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship in 2020.”
The 2020 Princeton Review ranking 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. In the ranking, the Rady School excelled at the amount of funding raised and the number of operational startups launched by graduates.
“The Princeton Review ranking distinguishes the Rady School as a vanguard of entrepreneurial education,” said Rady School Dean Lisa Ordóñez. “We are honored to be recognized for our MBA program’s emphasis on developing entrepreneurial skills in our students.”
Entrepreneurship is integrated into the Rady School’s MBA core curriculum through its Lab to Market capstone course, which teaches students how to bring an idea to the marketplace. Graduates of the school’s MBA program often launch startups or innovate within existing companies. Since the school’s first MBA class graduated in 2006, students and alumni have started over 180 operational companies, six with IPOs, contributing over $2 billion to the economy.
Students and alumni also gain entrepreneurial experience outside the classroom through the Rady School’s StartR accelerator programs, which provide mentorship and resources for early-stage companies. The school has several other programs focused on startups and venture funding such as the Rady Venture Fund, Triton Innovation Challenge and Rady Innovation Fellows, which are all managed by the school’s California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID).