Top Business Degree Programs - Fresno, CA

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

School and Ranking Information

Within 25 miles of Fresno, CA, students can find several schools that offer business degrees. Based on rankings, institution type and tuition rates, these schools are considered the top three:

  • Winner: California State University in Fresno is the winning school due to being ranked both regionally and nationally in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report, awarding a large number of degrees in the field and for being a public school.
  • Runner Up #1: Fresno Pacific University, situated in Fresno, appears on the list as the first runner up for its various program options for students, in addition to the school's top-75 regional ranking given by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.
  • Runner Up #2: Fresno City College in Fresno is the second runner up, since it has low tuition rates and offers an associate's program option designed to accommodate students who work.

School Comparison Chart

Category California State University - Fresno Fresno Pacific University Fresno City College
Rankings (2013) 38th top regional university in the West*,
166th top business school for part-time MBA programs*,
233rd best undergraduate business program*
72nd top regional university in the West* N/A
Location Fresno, CA Fresno, CA Fresno, CA
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,228 (in-state, undergraduate);
$17,886 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$7,529 (in-state, graduate);
$17,075 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$25,336 (undergraduate);
$12,435 (graduate)**
$1,140 (in-state, undergraduate);
$6,780 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
Business Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Certificates and associate's degrees
Business Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 643** 217** 135**
Most Popular Business Program 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Business Administration (558 awarded)** Bachelor's in Organizational Behavior Studies (95 awarded)** Associate's in Business Administration and Management (74 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 48% (for 2006 entering class)** 59% (for 2006 entering class)** 15% (for 2009 entering class)**
Noteworthy Scholarship opportunities for business students Degree completion programs for students who have previous college credit Offers a 25-month associate's degree in business with classes held in the evenings and on weekends for working students

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

Winner: California State University - Fresno

  • 9th top public school in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • The most popular majors for 2011 graduates at Fresno State were in business, management, and marketing-related fields, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Internship program allows students to gain professional experience

At Fresno State's Craig School of Business, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, or a Master of Business Administration. Students who major in business administration complete 120 credits and can choose an accelerated program that allows them to earn the degree in 15 months. As for the master's degree program, students complete 36 credits, or 51 credits for those who don't have an undergraduate degree in business. There's an online MBA program, as well as an executive program for students who have professional experience. In general, classes cover accounting, finance, decision sciences, and global business.

Runner-Up #1: Fresno Pacific University

  • About 22% of all degrees awarded by FPU in 2011-2012 were in an area of business, according to NCES data
  • Students can choose from 5 areas of emphasis within the business major
  • Christian school affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church

Students who enroll at this private university can enroll in a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration program that covers marketing, organizational theory, economics, and business law. Within the program, students can concentrate on accounting, finance, management/organizational studies, marketing, and nonprofit administration. At the graduate level, the Global Master of Business Administration program exposes students to international business practices and examines the role of Christian ethics in a global society. There is also a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies for students who want to learn how to become innovative leaders.

Runner-Up #2: Fresno City College

  • Most affordable option for students seeking business degrees in Fresno, based on NCES tuition data
  • Honors students can apply for special scholarship opportunities

This community college offers certificates and associate's degrees in business. The Associate of Arts in Business Administration prepares students for a business degree at a 4-year university. The Associate of Science in Business Management gives students the opportunity to transition into entry-level management positions. In general, classes cover business writing, business law, consumer rights, and ethics. Business students who don't want to commit to degree programs can opt for certificates, which cover business finance, human relations, personal finance, and small business management.

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