Top School in Sacramento for an International Business Degree

Students interested in studying international business management in Sacramento, CA, have few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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Best Schools in Sacramento for International Business Management

There are approximately five schools within a 70-mile radius of downtown Sacramento that feature international business programs or international relations programs with a focus on business. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, level of study and graduation rates.

  • Winner: Saint Mary's College of California, based about 60 miles from Sacramento in Moraga, CA, is chosen as the best option for international business studies in the area because it offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in this field of study.
  • Runner Up #1: University of California - Davis is the first runner up due to its national ranking and the size of the school in terms of student enrollment. It is located about 14 miles from Sacramento. This school offers a bachelor's degree in international relations.
  • Runner Up #2: Holy Names University, found just over 66 miles from Sacramento, came in third based on its regional ranking and its low student-to-faculty ratio. Holy Names offers a bachelor's degree in business with an international business emphasis.

School Comparison Chart

Category Saint Mary's College of California University of California - Davis Holy Names University
Rankings/Distinctions One of the oldest schools in the West* #38 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)** #68 (tie) Best Regional Universities in the West (2015)**
Location Moraga, CA Davis, CA Oakland, CA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $39,890*** $13,895 (in-state), $36,773 (out-of-state)*** $33,020***
International Business Management Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's Bachelor's Bachelor's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 68%*** 81%*** 35%***
Noteworthy Students have the opportunity to travel to international locations to further their studies Oldest international relations program within the University of California system**** Adults with work or family obligations can earn their bachelor's degree on weeknights and weekends

Sources: *Saint Mary's College of California; **U.S. News and World Report, ***NCES College Navigator; ****University of California - Davis

Winner: Saint Mary's College of California

  • Students can travel to countries with new and emerging economies, allowing for hands-on experience
  • Offers an Executive Speaker Series in which corporate leaders discuss views and current issues in business

Students earning their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree can select a concentration in global business. Courses include global marketing, international company management and global financial management. In order to qualify for admittance to the Trans-Global Executive MBA program at Saint Mary's, students must have at least five years of work experience. Master's degree students have the opportunity to travel to such places as Australia, Argentina, Brazil, China and New Zealand. Course topics examined in this MBA program include global management, global corporate ethics and sustainability.

Runner-Up #1: University of California - Davis

  • International relations students can complete internships focused on business
  • Education Abroad Program allows international relations students to travel to other countries to learn about foreign cultures

UC - Davis offers a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a track in world trade and development, which emphasizes economics. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language and complete a set of courses focused on international relations with a major world region (like Latin America or Western Europe). Courses may include political science, microeconomics, macroeconomics, global economics, resource economics and agricultural development. Tracks in peoples and nationalities (which requires a global experience), global environment and peace and security are also offered.

Runner-Up #2: Holy Names University

  • 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • According to the school, 100% of freshmen receive a university scholarship or grant

Holy Names University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in international business. Courses include professional writing, political systems, international relations and global business practices. Students then choose one class from among those focusing on Latin America, China and Japan, Asia, Europe or Central America.

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