Top 10 MBA Programs in California

While many are drawn to the Golden State by the surf and the sun, California is the eighth-largest economy in the world, and home to a range of industries. And from San Diego to San Francisco, California is also home to dozens of business schools, many of them in the state’s two world-class public university systems. A handful of full-time MBA programs stand out from rest of the sun-soaked pack.

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Stanford, California 92 Followers 168 Discussions

In the top tier of schools on the full-time MBA rankings from the Financial Times and Businessweek, Stanford is not just one of the best schools in California, it’s one of the best in the world.

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Berkeley, California 94 Followers 115 Discussions
UC Berkeley - Haas

Cal ranks highly in most of the main MBA rankings, and is listed as a top business school in several career specialty categories on FIND MBA, including Strategy/Business Development and Sustainability/CSR.

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Los Angeles, California 85 Followers 142 Discussions
UCLA - Anderson

For those looking for an MBA program in the City of Angels, UCLA is one of the best.

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Irvine, California 40 Followers 39 Discussions
UC Irvine - Merage

Ranked by both the Financial Times and Businessweek, Irvine offers one of the best MBA programs in Orange County.

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Los Angeles, California 100 Followers 120 Discussions
USC - Marshall

One of the only top business schools in California to offer an accelerated one-year MBA program, Marshall is imminently popular with those with time or budget constraints.

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La Jolla, California 35 Followers 18 Discussions
UCSD - Rady

One of the newer business schools on the list (it was founded in 2001), Rady’s MBA program has quickly become one of the best in San Diego. It’s now ranked in the Financial Times

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Davis, California 21 Followers 26 Discussions
UC Davis

UC Davis’ MBA program is ranked in the Financial Times as well as the Economist.

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San Francisco, California 28 Followers 40 Discussions
Hult - San Francisco

Perhaps the most internationally-oriented of the schools on the list, Hult’s San Francisco-based students can choose to study for up to two modules in places like London and Dubai.

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Long Beach, California 31 Followers 26 Discussions

CSULB is popular with those on a timetable: its AACSB-accredited MBA program can be completed in just over one year.

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San Bernardino, California 25 Followers 18 Discussions

Because of its relatively low tuition fees, CSU’s MBA program appeals to international students on a budget. The program is accredited by AACSB and the university regularly appears in regional rankings.

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