School and Ranking Information
The Long Beach area has over two dozen schools offering business programs. Students interested in studying business have choices that include small to medium-sized private colleges, larger public 2- and 4-year colleges, and a couple of niche-market private schools offering online and/or specialty programs. Based upon the variety of programs offered, school rankings, and graduation rates, the following three schools are considered the top schools in the Long Beach area for studying business:
- Winner: California State University-Long Beach (CSULB) stands out as the top choice based upon being nationally ranked for its business school and programs. CSULB also graduates the highest number of students with business degrees in the area.
- Runner Up #1: Biola University comes in a close second, partially based upon being ranked as an up-and-coming school in 2013. Biola has a very good graduation rate, the highest of the three options here, and offers a variety of internship and scholarship options.
- Runner Up #2: California State University-Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) places third in the area, based both on the number of business programs offered and the fact that business is its most popular degree program. CSUDH is the only school among these three that offers both undergraduate and graduate certificate programs.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||California State University - Long Beach||Biola University||California State University - Dominguez Hills|
|Ranking(s)||#28 among regional universities in the West,
#4 among top public schools in the region,
#233 among best undergraduate business programs, nationally,
#184 among part-time MBA programs, nationally*
|#174 among national universities,
#6 among 2013 up-and-coming schools, nationally*
|#143 among best online graduate business programs, nationally*|
|Location||Long Beach, CA**||La Mirada, CA (13.8 miles from downtown Long Beach)**||Carson, CA (7.6 miles from downtown Long Beach)**|
|School Type||4-year public**||4-year private, not for profit**||4-year public**|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)||$6,052 (in-state), $17,710 (out-of-state)**||$31,004**||$6,095 (in-state), $17,753 (out-of-state)**|
|Business Programs Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Certificates, bachelor's, and master's degrees|
|Business Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2012-2013||1119**||194**||560**|
|Most Popular Business Program (2012-2013)||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration**||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration**||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class||54% (5% transfer-out rate)**||71%**||24% (5%transfer-out rate)**|
|Noteworthy||AACSB reaffirmed CSULB's accreditation of the undergraduate and graduate business programs in 2009, which is a distinction claimed by fewer than 500 business schools in the United States ***||Business curriculum incorporates Christian doctrine and encourages degree seekers in the Crowell School of Business to see business careers as a ministry***||The Institute of Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development, and Global Logistics creates opportunities for business students, which include an annual business plan contest, scholarships, research projects, and partnerships with global business leaders***|
Sources: *US News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, *** Schools' Websites
Winner: California State University - Long Beach
- CSULB has more than ten business-related student organizations including the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society, the Black Business Students Association, the Hispanic Students Business Association, and a club sponsored by the American Marketing Association, according to the school website
- Data reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) shows that Business was the most popular field of study for 2011-2012 graduates
- According to the school's website, the College of Business Administration's advisement center provides degree-planning assistance and advisement for current and prospective business students
- According to the CSULB website, internship opportunities in the marketing, finance, information systems, or international business industries are available for business students
- The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, according to its webpage, provides educational service-learning opportunities for students, awards faculty research grants, and regularly sponsors ethical leadership seminars at CSULB
The College of Business Administration at CSULB offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), which is available in seven areas of emphasis. The accounting, information systems, management, marketing, finance, legal studies in business, and international business programs all require students to complete a 1-year pre-business program. Furthermore, at least 120 units of coursework, general education requirements, and major-specific upper and lower-division core courses are required to earn the BSBA.
In 2013, CSULB's Master of Business Administration program was listed as one of Princeton Review's 296 best business schools in the United States. The MBA program can be completed in three different formats. The accelerated day program, self-paced evening program, and Saturday program all require the completion of 48 units.
Runner-Up #1: Biola University
- According to the school's website, the MBA Speaker Series provides exposure to local and global business leaders
- Several local and international internship opportunities are available for Business students, according to the BU website
- The Crowell School of Business's web page reports that here are three student clubs on campus that provide extra-curricular business-related opportunities like mock interviews, networking opportunities, mentorship, and investing experience
- According to BU's website, several scholarships are available for business students
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), business was the 2nd most popular field of study for 2011-2012 graduates
Biola University offers several program options in its Crowell School of Business (CSB). For undergraduate students, there is a BSBA program, which requires a 1-year pre-business course of study before declaration of this major. Students in the BSBA program can choose from six concentrations: marketing, accounting, marketing management, information systems, international business, and management. An undergraduate minor is also available in the CSB.
The Master of Business Administration program at Biola offers evening classes and individualized mentoring. MBA students are offered networking opportunities with business leaders, and exposure to coursework that is relevant to Biola's goal of creating 21st-century business leaders with a Christian outlook.
Runner-Up #2:California State University - Dominguez Hills
- An advisory board, which consists of professionals from global and local businesses and non-profit organizations, is involved in curriculum planning, providing mentoring, internship, and research opportunities, participating in fundraising efforts, and screening faculty
- According to the school's website, internships are available for business administration students at several local companies
- According to the NCES, Business was the most popular field of study for 2011-2012 graduates
- Business administration faculty are hired for academic and professional excellence and are encouraged to contribute to research and development in the fields of business, accounting finance, and related fields, according to the CSUDH website
The College of Business Administration and Public Policy (CBAPP) at CSUDH offers several programs in fields including management and marketing, information systems and operations management, accounting and finance, and public administration. For business students, there are several undergraduate programs in this department that can lead to the completion of a BSBA degree.
Students enrolled in the BSBA program can choose to focus one of eleven possible concentrations including marketing, global logistics and supply chain management, entrepreneurship, and accounting. For students in other majors seeking supplemental business courses, there are also four undergraduate minors available in business administration, information systems, management, or marketing.
Furthermore, CBAPP offers two graduate programs: the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Business Administration. The MBA program is available in eight different specializations. Both master's programs are offered on campus and online. Additionally, for students seeking short-term options, there are three undergraduate and two graduate certificate programs.