School and Ranking Information
There are a few schools within 50 miles of the Colorado Springs area that have degrees in business administration. The following schools are considered the top three based on ranking, program levels offered and total amount of business administration degrees awarded:
- Winner: University of Colorado in Colorado Springs secured the top spot for its location, numerous rankings from U.S. News & World Report and vast number of business administration degrees awarded.
- Runner Up #1: Colorado State University in Pueblo is the first runner up due to its program level options for business administration and high percentage of classes that are instructed by full-time faculty.
- Runner Up #2: Pueblo Community College, located in Pueblo, came in third place because of its low tuition rates and availability of short-duration programs.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Colorado - Colorado Springs||Colorado State University - Pueblo||Pueblo Community College|
|Rankings||119th among undergraduate business programs, national (2013),
112th among part-time MBA programs, national (2013),
36th among online graduate business programs, national (2013),
10th among top public schools, national (2014),
42nd among universities in the West, regional (2014)*
|Location||Colorado Springs, CO||Pueblo, CO (39.8 miles from Colorado Springs)||Pueblo, CO (42.7 miles from Colorado Springs)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees 2012-2013||$6,688 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,768 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$8,882 (graduate, in-state),
$17,432 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|$7,327 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,649 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$5,330 (graduate, in-state),
$13,675 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $3,235 (undergraduate, in-state),
$11,630 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
|Business Administration Program Award Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Certificate; associate's degree|
|Business Administration Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||415**||136 (listed as Business/Commerce, general)**||49**|
|Most Popular Business Administration Program (2011-2012)||Bachelor's in Business Administration and Management, General (282 awarded)**||Bachelor's in Business/Commerce, General (97 awarded)**||<1-Year Certificate in Business Administration and Management, General (36)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||47% (for 2006 entering class)**||34% (for 2006 entering class)**||29% (for 2009 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||UCCS trademarked the Bachelor of Innovation degree, which gives students training in technology and teamwork in addition to the standard courses for a B.S. in Business Administration||Facilities include the Healy Center for Business and Economic Research, where students have completed business and marketing plans and analyses for dozens of real businesses||N/A|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
- In 2011-2012, approximately 20% of all bachelor's degrees and over 26% of all master's degrees awarded were in business administration, per NCES
- In 1996, the College of Business launched one of the first AACSB-accredited online MBA programs, per the school's website
- Faculty members teach all of the undergraduate classes, instead of graduate assistants
The University of Colorado - Colorado Springs offers a Bachelor of Science in Business with a business administration emphasis, a Bachelor of Innovation in Business, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA program is flexible in order to fit the schedules of returning professionals, with classes held in the evening and online and the option for part-time enrollment. Out of the 11 MBA specializations, 6 are available both online and on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to complete an internship for up to 3 credit hours. The Career & Placement Office helps College of Business students and alumni find internships and jobs.
Runner-Up #1: Colorado State University - Pueblo
- In 2011-2012, MBAs made up around 43% of all master's degrees at Colorado State University - Pueblo, per NCES
- Per the school's website, 90% of classes are taught by full-time faculty members, rather than graduate assistants
The Hasan School of Business has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program with 5 major areas of study as well as a Master of Business Administration program. Business students can also opt for a program to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in 5 years total. Advanced students may be invited to join CSU's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a prestigious business honor society. Assistantships are available for graduate students both as financial aid and curriculum enrichment. Alumni are employed by major national brands and organizations, such as FedEx, Lowe's, and Hewlett Packard.
Runner-Up #2: Pueblo Community College
- Variety of certificate programs in business management can prepare graduates for different career paths, such as opening their own business or obtaining a Colorado real estate license
- The associate's degree program hosts guest speakers who are professionals in business to talk about applying academic concepts in the real world
Students can qualify for entry-level work in sales, management, or marketing with the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Management degree. It can also help develop the skills needed to open a business. Core coursework involves business legal environments, public speaking, workplace stress-management, marketing principles, and business ethics, among other topics. Certificates in business management, entrepreneurship, and real estate are also available, and their coursework can be applied to the AAS degree. The associate's degree may be transferrable to a bachelor's program.