School and Ranking Information
The San Jose, CA, area, which is known as Silicon Valley for its high-tech industry, has about 20 school options for students interested in studying e-business and e-commerce. Based on relevant program offerings and U.S. News & World Report rankings, the top universities in the area are:
- Winner: Santa Clara University (SCU) comes in first because it offers four relevant programs at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels, and it's business programs are ranked among the top 100 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.
- Runner-Up: Stanford University has the highest U.S. News rankings, but it places third because it only offers a master's degree with optional classes in e-commerce and e-business.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Santa Clara University||Stanford University|
|Rankings||#61 best undergraduate business programs (2015), #37 best part-time MBA nationally (2015), 2nd best regional university in the West (2015)||2nd best business grad school nationally (2015), 4th best university nationally (2015)*|
|Location||Santa Clara, CA (3.5 miles from San Jose)||Stanford, CA (18.7 miles from San Jose)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$45,300**||$46,320**|
|E-Commerce and e-Business Management Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Master's degrees|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||85%**||95%**|
|Noteworthy||Alumni association founded in 1881||Globally recognized as a top teaching and research institution|
Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: Santa Clara University
- 4th in graduation rate among master's universities in the U.S.
- Instructors include IT executives
- Operations management and information systems (OMIS) is one of SCU's most popular majors
SCU is the oldest functioning institution of higher education in California and was established in connection with a Spanish mission. The Leavey School of Business offers e-business related programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate students can pursue a major in management information systems (MIS) through the OMIS department or in marketing with an emphasis on business and technology. The MIS program focuses on the business use of analytical decision-making approaches and computer information systems. The business and technology marketing emphasis includes classes on internet marketing and integrated marketing communications. Graduate students can choose a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a marketing emphasis that also includes a sub-emphasis in digital marketing and e-commerce. A Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems program is also offered.
Runner-Up #1: Stanford University
- Faculty includes John Bates Clark Medal recipients, Nobel Prize winners, and members of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences
- 4:1 student-faculty ratio
- Admission is exceptionally selective
- Leaders from the government, social, and business sectors, as well as academia, visit through the Global Speaker Series
The Center for E-commerce is hosted by Stanford's law school
According to U.S. News & World Report, Stanford is one of the highest rated universities in the country. It boasts small class sizes and flexible curriculum tailored to the goals of each student. The Graduate School of Business (GSB) offers an MBA that includes the option of up to three elective classes in relevant topics such as electronic business, electronic commerce, and business use of social media. Also covered are a range of business classes, such as management ethics, accounting, and leadership. In addition, the degree has a global experience requirement that can be fulfilled through a summer project in another country, collaboration with a Chinese MBA student through the Stanford-Tsinghua Exchange Program, or a student-initiated global study trip. Summer internships are offered through the GSB.