Top Degrees for Business Administration - San Francisco, CA

School and Ranking Information

There are nearly 20 schools within 15 miles of San Francisco that offer degree programs in business administration, including several large 4-year universities. The following institutes are considered the top three schools in the area for business administration, according to school and program rankings, accreditation and business degree options. All three of these schools are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

  • Winner: The University of California in Berkeley is in first place for its top ten business school rankings and for its high graduation rate.
  • Runner Up #1: The University of San Francisco, located in San Francisco, is the runner up for its multiple program options in business administration and for being within the city.
  • Runner Up #2: San Francisco State University receives third place for awarding the most business degrees among these schools in 2011. It also offers the lowest tuition rate among the top schools.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of California - Berkeley University of San Francisco San Francisco State University
Ranking(s) Undergraduate business program ranked #3 among national universities in 2012
Graduate business program ranked #7 among national universities in 2013
Ranked #1 for top public schools among national universities in 2013*
Undergraduate business program ranked #117 among national universities in 2012* Undergraduate business program ranked #166 among national universities in 2012*
Location Berkeley (10.7 miles from San Francisco) San Francisco San Francisco
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $12,874 (undergraduate, in-state)
$35,752 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$12,874 (graduate, in-state)
$27,976 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$38,884 (undergraduate)
$20,390 (graduate)**
$6,440 (undergraduate, in-state), $18,098 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$7,706 (graduate, in-state)
$17,252 (graduate, out-of-state)**
Business Administration Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees** Bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's and master's degrees**
Most Popular Business Administration Program (2011-2012) Master of Business Administration (558 awarded)** Master of Business Administration (153 awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1,134 awarded)**
Business Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 932** 248** 1,350**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 90%** 70%** 46%**

Sources: *US News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of California - Berkley

  • Ranked #21 among national universities in US News and World Report
  • Institute for Business Innovation (IBI) promotes research, corporate outreach, and business and technological innovation
  • Includes six business research centers
  • Named the #1 university for producing U.S. tech industry CEOs, like alumnus Paul Otellini of Intel by Network World

The University of California - Berkeley (UC Berkeley) offers a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree and a concentration in global management. The curriculum includes courses in accounting, finance, marketing, and communication. Students are eligible to complete a CPA license exam to become Certified Public Accountants. UC Berkeley also offers full-time and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs with areas of emphasis on marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and other areas. MBA students can choose to study abroad in London, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. PhD programs in business administration in various concentrations like accounting, business and public policy, finance, marketing, management, and real estate are also offered.

Runner-Up #1: University of San Francisco

  • Offers Global Immersion Program, where students travel to countries like China, Spain, and Dubai
  • Gellert Family Business Resource Center provides academic programs and scholarships to promote future and current family businesses
  • Students can become members of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honor society accredited by AACSB

The University of San Francisco offers a bachelor's degree in business administration. Undergraduates must take 20 credits in non-business courses along with the required business programs. USF offers a full-time MBA program, which can be completed in two years, and a part-time MBA program, which takes less than three years to complete. MBA students must complete 34 business credit hours, 19-20 elective credit hours, and 2-3 units in business communications proficiency. MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, international business, marketing, nonprofit management, and organization development are offered.

Runner-Up #2: San Francisco State University

  • Has Graduate Business Association social organization
  • Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business promotes environmental and social responsibility in business

San Francisco State University offers a BSBA degree in 8 concentrations such as accounting, decision sciences, international business, and management. Required core courses consist of courses in accounting, finance, and management. MBA degrees in 10 concentrations, such as sustainable business, electronic commerce, and information systems, are also offered. MBA students have the opportunity to study abroad in Nice, France at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Students in this program complete the fall semester in France, and then complete the spring and summer semesters at SFSU. An Executive MBA (EMBA) degree, which is a cohort-based program designed for working professions to complete an MBA in 22 months, is also available to students at SFSU.

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