School and Ranking Information
There are several schools within a 10-mile radius of Mesa, AZ, offering business administration degrees, including both 2-year and 4-year institutions. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, cumulative number of degrees awarded in the field and tuition:
- Winner: Arizona State University in Tempe is the winner due to its numerous national rankings in 2012 and 2013 from U.S. News & World Report and large number of degrees awarded in the field.
- Runner Up #1: Chandler-Gilbert Community College, located in Chandler, is the first runner up for its program options and available scholarships.
- Runner Up #2: Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale takes third place for its low tuition rates and specialized job training.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Arizona State University||Chandler-Gilbert Community College||Scottsdale Community College|
|Rankings|| #24 among best undergraduate business programs (2012),
#30 among best graduate business schools (2013),
#139 among top national universities (2013),
#4 among up-and-coming schools (out of top national universities) (2013),
#70 among top public schools (out of top national universities) (2013)*
|Location||Tempe (5.2 miles from Mesa)||Chandler (7.8 miles from Mesa)||Scottsdale (7.4 miles from Mesa)|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees in 2012-2013||$9,724 (in-state undergraduate); $22,977 (out-of-state undergraduate); $10,517 (in-state graduate); $25,066 (out-of-state graduate)**||$1,854 (in-state undergraduate); $7,638 (out-of-state undergraduate)**||$1,854 (in-state undergraduate); $7,638 (out-of-state undergraduate)**|
|Business Administration Program Levels Offered||Certificate; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees||Certificate and associate degree||Certificate and associate degree|
|Business Administration Degree and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||1,045**||146**||116**|
|Most Popular Business Administration Program in 2011-2012||Master's degree (674 awarded)**||Associate degree (141 awarded)**||Associate degree (111 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||57% (2006 entering class)**||17% (28% transfer-out rate) (2009 entering class)**||17% (32% transfer-out rate) (2009 entering class)**|
|Noteworthy||Business school is one of the largest in United States||Students can complete focused business certificate programs||Certificate programs offer specialized workforce training|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics
Winner: Arizona State University
- More than 250 faculty teach at the W.P. Carey School of Business
- Faculty are experts in topics like decision making, risk management, housing, immigration, and real estate
- There is an honors program for top business students
- Select students are invited to take part in the Leaders Academy, which involves special courses, business events, and networking opportunities
This public school has a range of business programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students who want to earn a Bachelor of Arts take a set of basic business courses along with a set of courses in 1 of 14 concentrations, which include legal studies, technology, and sustainability. The Bachelor of Science degree program offers 8 concentrations that range from economics to computer information systems and supply chain management.
Students who already have business experience or an undergraduate degree in the field can opt for a Master of Business Administration. The school offers a full-time program, as well as professional and executive programs. Internships and international study may be included in the MBA degree program. Students who want to go on to teach business in higher education can explore the Ph.D. in Business Administration, which offers 6 concentrations and involves original research.
Runner-Up #1: Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- There are scholarship opportunities for students
- The school's Career Services provides career counseling and job fairs
Students who want to gain an overview of the business field can earn an Associate in Applied Science in General Business. The program may prepare students for transfer studies at a 4-year university, but not all of the credits may transfer. In general, students must earn up to 63 credits to earn the associate degree. Core courses cover accounting and economics while electives include marketing, real estate, human relations, and society and business. A certificate in general business is offered, as well as certificate and degree programs in specialized areas of business (including small businesses, organizational management, and computer business software).
Runner-Up #2: Scottsdale Community College
- The school offers business students counseling to help them understand transfer programs and entry-level career requirements
- Accounting and statistics students can access a campus learning center
- Faculty backgrounds cover all aspects of business
- The Business Department provides a real estate pre-licensing program for business students who want to transition into real estate
Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science in General Business as a way to gain an overview of the field and transition into entry-level careers within the business industry. In general, classes cover accounting, investments, human relations, salesmanship, and real estate. Students can customize the curriculum for a focus on management, marketing, retail, or accounting. Students who may not want to earn an associate degree can choose from certificate programs, which provide job training through specialized classes. For example, the Certificate of Completion in Small Business Management is for students who want to start their own companies.