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Top University for a Degree in Finance - Bakersfield, CA

Students interested in studying finance in the Bakersfield, CA, area have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are a few schools with programs in finance in the Bakersfield area, including both 2-year and 4-year public institutions. The following schools are considered the top three according to location, rankings and tuition:

  • Winner: California State University in Bakersfield, a 4-year school, is the winner due to its large number of awarded degrees in the field and for its national and regional rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
  • Runner Up #1: Bakersfield College, found in Bakersfield, secures first runner-up on account of its multiple program levels available in finance and co-op experience opportunities.
  • Runner Up #2: Taft College, located the farthest away in Taft, takes third place for its low tuition rates.

School Comparison Chart

Category California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield College Taft College
Ranking(s) #38 in Top Public Schools*, #89 in Top Regional Universities - West*, #267 in Best National Undergraduate Business Programs* N/A N/A
Location Bakersfield, CA** Bakersfield, CA** Taft, CA (27.9 miles from Bakersfield)**
School Type 4-year, public** 2-year, public** 2-year, public**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,709 (in-state, undergraduate)**, $18,367 out-of-state, undergraduate)**, $7,948 (in-state, graduate)**, $17,494 (out-of-state, graduate)** $1,324 (in-state, undergraduate)**, $7,484 (out-of-state, undergraduate)** $1,380 (in-state, undergraduate)**, $6,750 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
Finance Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees (business administration Certificates (general business); associate's degrees (business administration) Associate's degrees (business administration)
Finance Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 351** 87** 15**
Most Popular Finance Program (2011-2012) Bachelor's in Business Administration (297 awarded)** Associate's in Business Administration (71 awarded)** Associate's in Business Administration (15 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) 41% (for 2005 entering class)** 19% (for 2008 entering class)** 27% for 2008 entering class)**
Noteworthy Home to Small Business Development Center Offers individual how to courses about establishing a small business Has Transition to Independent Living program for students with learning disabilities or autism.

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: California State University - Bakersfield

  • Home to a chapter of Financial Management Association, International
  • All professors at CSUB School of Business and Public Administration hold a Ph.D. in their field
  • Alumni association has scholarships for CSUB alums who return to pursue MBA

Through the School of Business and Public Administration, California State University - Bakersfield offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Business Administration. The School of Business and Public Administration is the only school in Kern County and one of 681 schools worldwide that have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate work at the main campus in Bakersfield or the secondary campus 87 miles away at Antelope Valley in Lancaster, CA.

Bachelor's degree candidates can elect to concentrate in finance by choosing 20-30 units of elective courses dealing with finance. Concentration consists of five courses in the area of finance. In senior year, all students participate in a business administration seminar.

While the master's program doesn't offer a concentration in finance, through the selection of electives, students can build a program that focuses on the field of finance. All master's degree candidates must participate in two seminars of financial management and policy.

Runner-Up #1: Bakersfield College

  • Business administration degree candidates must complete cooperative work experience course
  • Business administration degree program meets most of lower division requirements at California State universities and colleges

In addition to the main campus at Bakersfield, Bakersfield College maintains a secondary campus 32 miles to the northwest in Delano, CA. Students can pursue training in finance at Bakersfield College through the school's business department. The curriculum of an Associate in Arts in Business Administration includes courses in personal finance, accounting, and financial accounting. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course. Students may opt to complete a 4-course program leading to a Job Skills Certificate in General Business. Finance and finance-related courses can also be found in certificate and degree programs in real estate and marketing.

Runner-Up #2: Taft College

  • Home to chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society
  • Associate in Arts program in business administration transfers to 4-year college

Training in finance is available at Taft College is offered through the school's Applied Technologies Division. There is a 60-credit Associate in Arts in Business Administration program that includes financial and managerial accounting, mathematics and economics. With this degree students can enter the workforce directly; however, it's also designed to transfer to a 4-year school. Upon transfer, students can elect to concentrate in finance. Students also have the opportunity to earn an Associate in Science in General Business. This is a terminal degree and not intended for transfer, although some individual courses might be eligible. Students in this degree program can choose to complete a capstone course as one of their electives. In both degree programs, all required courses and general education courses must be completed with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

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