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Top University in San Francisco for International Business

Students interested in studying international business in San Francisco have several schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' programs, tuition, and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

International business studies in and near San Francisco can be found in both 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions, with three of these schools located directly in the city. The following schools are considered the top three in San Francisco for international business programs based on location, graduation rates and program offerings:

  • Winner: The University of San Francisco takes the winning spot because it the only school of the three that is nationally ranked and that has highly ranked undergraduate business programs. The university also has the highest graduation rate and awards the most degrees in this field of study. International business can be studied at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
  • Runner Up #1: Named as the first runner up is Golden Gate University, since it awards the highest number of master's degrees in international business and also has online course offerings. Students can also pursue a bachelor's degree in international business.
  • Runner Up #2: City College of San Francisco is the third option. The school is not ranked and offers only certificate programs in international business, but it does have the lowest tuition and grants the second-highest number of awards in the area of study.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of San Francisco Golden Gate University City College of San Francisco
Rankings 106th among national universities*, 117th among undergraduate business programs, nationwide* N/A N/A
Location San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees in 2012-2013 $38,884 (undergraduate), $20,390 (graduate)** $14,160 (undergraduate), $15,120 (graduate)** $1,238 (in-state, undergraduate), $6,270 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
International Business Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's and master's degrees** Certificates**
International Business Degrees (all levels) Awarded in 2011-2012 31** 7** 21**
Most Popular International Business Program in 2011-2012 Bachelor's degree (31 awarded)** Master's degree (6 awarded)** Certificate (21 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 70% (for 2005 entering class)** Not reported** 26% (for 2008 entering class)**
Noteworthy USF was founded in 1855 and was San Francisco's first university GGU's CyberCampus platform provides an online learning classroom to over 1,000 students yearly One of the largest multicultural, multi-campus community colleges in the nation, which educates about 100,000 students yearly

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of San Francisco

  • The McLaren School of Management is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • The School of Management revises its curriculum periodically to match current AACSB standards

The McLaren School of Management offers a BSBA with an international business major curriculum consisting of 20 credits, including electives. International business topics include international finance and marketing, global economics, and foreign languages. Students can experience international business, become proficient in a foreign language, and learn about global culture by studying abroad or taking an international study tour.

The 1-year Master of Global Entrepreneurship and Management (MGEM) program allows students to study international business in three locations - San Francisco, Barcelona, and Taipei - for four months each. The graduate curriculum includes global business perspectives, global competition, entrepreneurship and innovation, multi-cultural management, and business technology.

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Runner-Up #1: Golden Gate University

  • GGU prepares students for career success by offering internships, posting job openings, and offering networking opportunities with faculty
  • A number of GGU's adjunct faculty are entrepreneurs and are available to help graduates establish their own businesses.

At its San Francisco campus or online, GGU offers a BS in Business that teaches foundations of business, including accounting, finance, operations, legal contracts, and human resources. The program further allows students to select from among nine concentrations, including international business. This concentration requires 33 credits and has courses that teach international marketing and banking, imports and exports, and doing business in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Students can also complete a management internship and a management directed study.

The MBA program's international business concentration requires students to select four courses, which may cover international aspects of finance, business transactions, supply chain management, human resources management, marketing, and more. Students are also instructed in current global issues related to the environment, cultural diversity, technology, and ethics. MBA students may choose to complete a second or third concentration; options include entrepreneurship, public relations, and project management.

Golden Gate also has an international business undergraduate certificate program that can be completed on-campus or online. It consists of 15 units, including many of the same courses as the BS program.

Runner-Up #2: City College of San Francisco

  • The international business certificate program serves students at a wide range of career levels
  • The non-credit program does not charge tuition
  • International business courses are offered at the Ocean Campus and Downtown Campus

CCSF offers an international business certificate of accomplishment and an international business non-credit certificate. Business professionals who want to expand their skills, as well as individuals who want training to start a new career, can take the certificate of accomplishment. The 18-unit program's curriculum includes courses in international law, finance, e-business, marketing, and import-export business. There are also two courses focusing on business practices and business culture in Vietnam.

The non-credit certificate requires 15 units. Courses cover various areas of import-export business, like financing, documentation, and shipping insurance. There is also a selection of courses focused on trade in major global regions: the U.S., the Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

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