School and Ranking Information
There are nearly 10 schools within a 20-mile radius of Fremont offering degrees in business administration. The following schools are considered the top three based on their rankings, number of business degrees awarded and graduation rates:
- Winner: Stanford University, found in Stanford, is the winner due to its high national rankings in 2013 and 2014 from U.S. News & World Report, high graduation rate and its distinguished graduate business school faculty members.
- Runner Up #1: Santa Clara University in Santa Clara secured second place for its multiple national rankings from U.S. News & World Report between 2013 and 2014 and for the high grade the graduate business school received from Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013 for both faculty and facilities.
- Runner Up #2: San Jose State University, located in San Jose, is in third place for its tuition rates, multiple degree options and vast amount of degrees awarded in business administration.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Stanford University||Santa Clara University||San Jose State University|
|Ranking(s)|| Graduate business school ranked #1 among national universities in 2014*
Executive MBA program ranked #13 among national universities in 2013*
| Undergraduate business program ranked #58 among national universities in 2013*
Executive MBA program ranked #19 among national universities in 2013*
Part-time MBA program ranked #24 among national universities in 2013*
| Undergraduate business program ranked #141 among national universities in 2013*
Part-time MBA program ranked #146 among national universities in 2013*
|Location||Stanford, CA (13.3 miles from Fremont)||Santa Clara, CA (15.2 miles from Fremont)||San Jose, CA (16.3 miles from Fremont)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$41,787 (graduate)**||$23,976 (graduate)**|| $6,852 (undergraduate, in-state),
$18,510 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$8,394 (graduate, in-state),
$17,940 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|Business Administration Degree Levels Offered||Master's degrees***||Master's degrees***||Bachelor's and master's degrees***|
|Business Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||451**||303**||1,383**|
|Most Popular Business Administration Program (2011-2012)||Master of Business Administration (451 awarded)**||Master of Business Administration (303 awarded)**||Bachelor of Business Administration (1,242 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||95%**||86%**||47%**|
|Noteworthy||Graduate School of Business has three Nobel laureates, four members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and two recipients of the John Bates Clark Medal in Economics***||Graduate business school received an A+ for faculty quality and facilities in Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013***||School is the number one supplier of business graduates to Silicon Valley***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites.
Winner: Stanford University
- Ranked #5 among national universities and #4 among best value schools in 2014, according to U.S. News and World Report
- Stanford's library ranked #7, and its financial aid program ranked #9 among national universities in 2013, according to Princeton Review
- Graduate School of Business has Entrepreneur Club, Venture Capital Club, and Private Equity Club
- Has centers for research specializing in entrepreneurship, global business, leadership, and social innovation
Stanford University offers a two-year, full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. First-year students take courses in general management perspectives and foundations. Students in their second year take seminar courses and electives in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing. Students may also pursue joint degree programs to earn a JD/MBA or a master's degree in education, public policy, computer science or environment and resources along with the MBA. A dual degree option is also available, yielding an MD/MBA. Alternately, students may pursue dual enrollment at Stanford and another graduate school to earn an MBA combined with another degree of their choosing.
Runner-Up #1: Santa Clara University
- Ranked #2 among regional universities in the West in 2014, according to U.S. News and World Report
- Students can become members of professional business fraternities like Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Delta Sigma Pi
Students in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program take courses in finance and managerial economics, marketing and operations, and business creation. Students in this program visit companies in Silicon Valley and also travel to countries like China to study the impact of global economics. Students can also choose the 22-month accelerated MBA option, which also has an emphasis on global business. Students in this program visit countries like Korea, Switzerland, and Chile. The evening MBA program takes 2-6 years to complete, and students in this program are required to choose a concentration like finance, digital marketing and E-commerce, or supply chain management. SCU also offers an MBA for Emerging Professionals, which is designed for newly graduated or first-year professionals and also takes 2-6 years to complete.
Runner-Up #2: San Jose State University
- Ranked #36 among regional universities in the West in 2014, according to U.S. News and World Report
- Students can become members of over 19 student organizations, including Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Psi, and the International Business Association
- Has facilities such as the Silicon Valley Center for Business Solutions, the Global Leadership Advancement Center, and the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship
San Jose State University (SJSU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with concentrations in management information systems, marketing, management, general business, entrepreneurship, and human resource management, among many others. A full-time, conventional MBA program is offered, as well as an MBA-One program, which is a one-year accelerated program. A part-time EMBA-style program is also available; this program is designed for working professionals and consists of evening classes that can be completed in 28 months. Additionally, students have the option of obtaining a dual MBA/MS in Engineering with a concentration in system engineering or an MBA/MS in Software Engineering, which takes 34-36 months to complete.