School and Ranking Information
Students who want to pursue business degrees can choose from about 11 schools within a 15-mile radius of downtown San Bernardino, California. According to graduation rates, program rankings, locations and program offerings, the top three schools are the University of California - Riverside, California State University - San Bernardino, and University of Redlands.
- Winner: The University of California - Riverside had the highest undergraduate business school ranking among area schools, according to U.S. News & World Report, and the second-highest graduation rate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), securing its position as the top school. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business.
- Runner-Up #1: California State University - San Bernardino was the 1st runner up based on its ranked undergraduate business program and location right in the city. It also offers certificates and master's programs.
- Runner-Up #2: University of Redlands featured the highest graduation rate of these three schools and an impressive regional universities ranking. It offers bachelor's and master's programs in business.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of California, Riverside||California State University, San Bernardino||University of Redlands|
|Rankings|| 72nd among best undergraduate business programs, nationwide (2013),
112th among national universities (2014),
35th among best value schools nationwide (2014)*
|306th among best undergraduate business programs nationwide (2013),
17th among top public schools in the West (2014),
57th among regional universities in the West (2014)*
| 6th among best value schools in the West (2014),
12th among regional universities in the West (2014)*
|Location||Riverside (about 12 miles from San Bernardino)||San Bernardino||Redlands (about 8 miles from San Bernardino)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$12,960 (in-state, undergraduate); $35,838 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $12,790 (in-state, graduate); $27,892 (out-of-state, graduate)**||$6,327 (in-state, undergraduate); $17,985 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $7,801 (in-state, graduate); $17,347 (out-of-state, graduate)**||$39,338 (undergraduate); $16,228 (graduate)**|
|Business Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees||Certificate; bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees|
|Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||810**||734**||633**|
|Most Popular Business Program (2011-2012)||Bachelor's in Business Administration (640 awarded)**||Bachelor's in Business Administration (652 awarded)**||Master's in Business Administration (204 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||66%**||44%**||72%**|
|Noteworthy||Career services helps students transition into employment after graduation||Opportunities for students to study abroad in Taiwan||Business students have access to a mentor program|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES, College Navigator.
Winner: University of California - Riverside
- Student ambassador program promotes leadership skills
- Undergraduate business program offers several internship opportunities at organizations such as Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch, and Sony Studios
- Undergraduate program offers five areas of specialization
- MBA program is offered in a traditional and flexible format
In this college's School of Business Administration, undergraduate students can major in business administration to learn about concepts like marketing, corporate finance, and organizational behavior. Students can choose from a number of concentrations within the major, including finance, accounting, marketing, and information systems. The university also offers a MBA program though it's Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) where students learn about management styles, information systems, and organizational theory. A final degree option is the Ph.D. in Business, which largely focuses on research and gives students the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues and trends within the business field. Students have access to faculty members with expertise in several business administration fields and can take part in student organizations like the AGSM Student Ambassadors, AGSM Student Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Graduate Student Association.
Runner-Up #1: California State University - San Bernardino
- Academic collaboration connects students with international universities
- Students can take part in internships to gain practical business skills
- Business Alliance organization promotes networking and business skills among students
- Students have access to an international program
The College of Business & Public Administration at California State University - San Bernardino offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Administration. With both degree programs, students can declare concentrations in areas like accounting, marketing, business economics, management, real estate, and supply chain management. The schools also offers certificate programs for students who want to gain specialized training in a specific aspect of business, like accounting and human resources.
At the graduate level, students can pursue a MBA. The school offers traditional MBA, online MBA, executive MBA, and professional MBA programs, and which program a student enrolls in often depends on his or her professional experience. The traditional, on-campus program has nine concentration options, including accounting, cyber security, global business, and management. In addition to hands-on training through international programs and internships, students can connect with professionals and students through student associations such as Beta Gamma Sigma, Students in International Business, and the Taiwanese Business Students Association.
Runner-Up #2: University of Redlands
- Access to the Banta Center for Business, Ethics, and Society, a forum designed to facilitate discussions and interaction with business leaders
- Study abroad program allows students to study international business firsthand
- University hosts a speaker series for students to learn about issues in business and best career practices
The University of the Redlands' School of Business offers a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business. Both degree completion majors involve 60 credits. By the end of their studies, students can take part in an innovative capstone class where they study and work in England. Graduate students can earn a MBA or a Master of Arts in Management. The 48-credit MBA program teaches students to communicate effectively and develop smart business practices. The 32-credit graduate program in management transforms students into strong business leaders who understand organizational and business theory. Both master's programs include a capstone course.