CU-Boulder Entrepreneurship Program's Ph.D. Ranks No. 1

Published: July 6, 1997


The University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate School of Business Administration was recently ranked No. 1 in doctoral entrepreneurship education at the 42nd World Conference of the International Council of Small Businesses in San Francisco.

The entrepreneurship doctoral program out-ranked competing schools such as Harvard, Purdue, Northwestern, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, Wharton, Michigan, University of North Carolina and Texas A&M.

CU-Boulder’s entrepreneurship program has found a successful formula – combining entrepreneurship and strategic management. “That’s one aspect that distinguishes our program – the Ph.D. students here receive their degree in strategic management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship,” explained Professor Dale Meyer.

“They have a ‘mother discipline’ and have research and teaching experience in entrepreneurship. This makes them versatile and attractive when applying for teaching positions,” Meyer said.

Meyer says the doctoral students who study entrepreneurship at CU are exposed to the nation’s leading scholars when participating in conferences, research projects and university activities. They also work with CU business faculty members who have been awarded an entrepreneurial research grant in finance, human resources management, organizational behavior, strategic management and marketing.

Former CU-Boulder students are now teaching entrepreneurship at schools such as Vanderbilt, Cornell, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Wake Forest, California State-San Marcos, University of Connecticut, Bentley and the University of Oregon.

The ranking criteria for the International Council of Small Businesses award included:

• Research and publication output of doctoral students in the 1990s;

• Placement records;

• Continued visibility of students as researchers and teachers;

• Internal and external research grants for faculty;

• and quality of doctoral entrepreneurship seminars.