School and Ranking Information
More than 30 schools offering business administration degrees are found within a 15-mile radius of Los Angeles. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, tuition and number of degrees awarded in the field:
- Winner: University of Southern California in Los Angeles is the winner for its national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2013, vast amount of degrees awarded in the field and high graduation rate.
- Runner Up #1: Los Angeles Southwest College, located within Los Angeles, secures second place for its tuition rates and numerous available concentrations in business administration.
- Runner Up #2: California State University in Los Angeles is the second runner up for its degree level options in the field and its AACSB accreditation.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Southern California||Los Angeles Southwest College||California State University|
|Ranking(s)||The undergraduate business program was ranked #10 in 2020, while the graduate business program ranked 17th**||N/A||The university's graduate business school ranked 16th in 2020, while the university was ranked #12 in top public schools in the West**|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles, CA|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees 2019-2020||$58,195||$1,220 (in-state), $8,110 (out-of-state)*||$6,768 (in-state), $18,648 (out-of-state)*|
|Business Degree Award Levels Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Associate's; Certificates||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2018-2019||1,630*||29*||1,135*|
|Most Popular Business Program 2018-2019||Bachelor's degree Business Administration and Management, general (1,022 awarded)*||Associate's degree, Business/Commerce, general (26 awarded)*||Bachelor's degree, Business Administration and Management, general (1,072)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||92% (2013 entering class)*||15% (2016 entering class)*||52 (2013 entering class)%*|
|Noteworthy||The Marshall School of Business includes 10 centers of excellence dedicated to business***||Students can explore entrepreneurship at the college's student entrepreneurship club***||Ninety seven percent of students who began their studies in Fall 2017 continued at California State University Los Angeles in Fall 2018*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **U.S. News and World Report, ***Schools' websites
Winner: University of Southern California
- Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the undergraduate business program 22nd in 2019-2020 rankings
- In 2019, the Marshall School of Business awarded $95,000 to student business startups from across the university, according to school of business sources
Just 3.7 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in multiple concentrations as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in multiple formats. The university's business school faculty members are award winners - like Peer Fiss, the McAlister Associate Professor of Business Administration, who was one of several professors awarded the Evan C. Thompson Award for Mentoring and Leadership. In the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, students can choose from concentrations in accounting, finance, information and operations management or entrepreneurial studies. The school also allows students to take part in international exchanges and internships.
At the graduate level, students can choose a Master of Business Administration in multiple concentrations. Students can pursue an MBA in a full-time basis, or part-time in the Executive MBA, the Professional MBA, the International MBA or the Global Executive MBA. The school also offers a Master of Science in Business Administration.
Runner Up #1: Los Angeles Southwest College
- Although the graduation rate is just 15%, more than half of the students who began their studies in Fall 2017 continued in Fall 2018, according to the NCES
- Nearly 80% of students received some form of financial aid to attend in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the NCES
Los Angeles Southwest College is a public, 2-year college with 5,600 undergraduate students in attendance. There, students can pursue an Associate of Arts in Business Administration in multiple concentrations. Students can choose from accounting/general business, banking and finance, economics, and management/supervision. Courses common to the associate degree programs cover topics like accounting and software for use in an office. The school also offers a handful of certificates, in concentrations like general business, bookkeeping, banking and finance, and income tax forms.
Runner Up #2: California State University Los Angeles
- More than 82% of students who began their studies in Fall 2017 continued their education at California State University Los Angeles in Fall 2018
- Students can develop leadership skills that may serve them in business by participating in the leadership academy presented by the campus' Center for Student Involvement
- California State University is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
At California State University's Los Angeles campus, approximately eight miles from downtown, students in the College of Business and Economics can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 13 concentrations. While each concentration has its own requirements, core courses touch on topics like economics, operations management and finance. Students must complete a capstone course that focuses on global management. Graduate students can also pursue a Master of Business Administration in eight concentrations. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 52% of students who began their studies in 2013 completed their degree programs by 2019.