School and Ranking Information
Almost thirty schools in the Phoenix area offer programs related to business. Many of the schools are private for-profit universities, but the three top schools in the area are all not-for-profit universities. Based on school type, rankings, and graduation rate, the following schools are the top schools in the area for business:
- Winner : Arizona State University (ASU) is a 4-year public school. It has received a top 30 ranking for both its undergraduate and graduate business programs. The school offers a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a doctorate related to business.
- Runner Up #1 : Arizona Christian University is a 4-year private school. It offers a bachelor's degree in business administration. It has the smallest number of business graduates of the three schools.
- Runner Up #2 : Phoenix College is a 2-year public school. It has the lowest graduation rate of the three schools. Phoenix College offers an associate degree related to business as well as a number of certificates.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Arizona State University||Arizona Christian University||Phoenix College|
|Rankings|| 27th for Best Undergraduate Business Programs, nationwide;
2nd for Up-and-Coming Schools, nationwide;
30th for Best Business Schools, nationwide (graduate);
22nd for part-time MBA program*
|Location||Tempe, AZ (about 8.4 miles from downtown Phoenix)||Phoenix, AZ||Phoenix, AZ|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-13)|| $9,724 (in-state, undergraduate);
$22,977 (in-state, graduate);
$10,517 (in-state, graduate);
$25,066 (out-of-state, graduate)**
|$21,040**|| $1,854 (in-state, undergraduate);
$7,638 (out-of-state, graduate)**
|Business Degree Programs Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's degree||Associate's degree|
|Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-12||2,984**||22**||101**|
|Most Popular Business Program (2011-12)||Master of Business Administration (674 degrees awarded)**||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (22 degrees awarded)**||Associate of Applied Science in General Business (71 degrees awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||57%**||35%**||19%**|
|Noteworthy||Offers executive MBA program in Shanghai, China||Only accredited, evangelical Christian university in Arizona where both employees and students declare they are followers of Jesus Christ||Flagship college of Maricopa Community Colleges|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: Arizona State University
- One of the largest business schools in the U.S.
- About 16% of 2011-12 undergraduates and graduate students earned degrees in a business-related major
- Ranked 2nd for its online MBA program in 2013 by U.S. News and World Report
The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is noted for its exemplary business education, research productivity and distinguished faculty. Undergraduate students can choose from a variety of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs, including those in economics, management, global leadership, agribusiness and tourism management. Internships are encouraged, and some can be taken for credit. In addition, undergraduate business students can pursue double majors.
Arizona State also offers full-time and part-time MBA programs; part-time students can choose from evening, weekend and online learning formats. The full-time program includes specializations in strategic marketing and services leadership, financial management and supply chain management, among others. Full-time MBA students must complete an internship.
Students in the part-time program can pursue an area of emphasis through elective choices; emphasis areas include marketing, finance and leadership. An executive MBA program is also available, though students who enroll typically have 10-15 years of professional experience.
Runner-Up #1: Arizona Christian University
- 25% of 2011-12 graduates earned business-related degrees
- All undergraduate students must complete a minor in Bible as a degree requirement
Arizona Christian University, located in Phoenix, offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Topics covered include leadership, marketing, financial data interpretation and planning. All undergraduate students must complete a minor in Bible as part of their bachelor's degree requirements. The university offers off-campus study programs to juniors and seniors.
Runner-Up #2: Phoenix College
- 10% of 2011-12 graduates earned business-related degrees
- College serves more than 30,000 students each year
Phoenix College, the main campus of the Maricopa Community College system, offers business associate programs for students pursuing employment upon graduation or transferring to bachelor's programs at an Arizona university. The Associate of Applied Science in General Business program covers major business subjects and the factors that influence business decisions. The program's curriculum includes accounting principles, marketing and human relations.
Phoenix College's Business Department also offers associate's degrees in computer information systems, marketing, banking and finance, accounting and management. Certificates are offered in a variety of fields as well, including real estate and organizational leadership. Business students may pursue internships in accounting, general business, marketing, management and computer information systems.