Top Business Administration Degree Programs - San Diego, CA

School and Ranking Information

The majority of schools in the San Diego area that offer degrees in business administration are either private or 2-year schools. Based on programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for business administration degrees:

  • Winner: San Diego State University is the only 4-year public school in the area with degrees in this field. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.

School Info Chart

Category San Diego State University
Rankings Tied for #149 for National Universities (2015)*
Location San Diego, CA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $6,766 (in-state), $17,926 (out-of-state)**
Business Administration Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Business Administration Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 1,216**
Most Popular Business Administration Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (968 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 66%**
Noteworthy As of 2014, SDSU's undergraduate business program is tied at #93, and the graduate business program is ranked at #87 in the United States*

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

San Diego State University

  • SDSU's College of Business Administration has had full accreditation since 1959 with AACSB
  • The business college alone has an alumni in excess of 50,000
  • There are close to 20 different student organizations available to business students

Since its founding in 1897, San Diego State University has produced more than 280,000 alumni. As of 2014, it's home to more than 32,000 students and offers nearly 200 degree programs. SDSU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

The College of Business Administration offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. The B.S.B.A. program requires students to complete pre-major core coursework in subjects like economics, statistics, business mathematics, financial accounting, information systems and communications. These lower-division courses are commonly completed alongside general education courses and must be taken before declaring a major within the B.S.B.A. curriculum. Students can choose to major in subjects like finance, management, marketing or information systems. The curriculum at the upper-division level is largely based on the selection of a major.

All full-time MBA students are required to complete core courses in subjects such as marketing, economics, statistical analysis, financial reporting and financial management. There are 9 areas of specialization that students can choose from, which accounts for up to 18 credit hours of study. A specialization is not required, and students can take up to 18 credits in electives. The completion of a capstone class or a thesis satisfies the program's culminating experience requirement.

The Executive MBA lasts for about 21 months, and it's a part-time option for students who work full-time, allowing 2 courses to be taken at a time. This program requires a total of 48 credits and has classes on Fridays and Saturdays.

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