Business majors account for approximately 350,000 bachelor's degrees and 175,000 master's degrees each year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. By far, more people graduate with a business degree than any other degree granted. With so many students graduating with business degrees, a well-rounded writing-intensive degree may be the key to a well-paying job. Several top universities in California offer business degrees that could lead to a promising career.
Stanford University in Palo Alto is ranked second in the "U.S. News & World Report" list of graduate business schools for 2014. The university offers a Master's of Business Administration degree and an accelerated master's program that takes one year. Students are able to tailor their studies towards interests in social change, global businesses or financial leadership. Stanford combines business and technology for students to identify and evaluate feasible projects and work on entrepreneurship skills. Undergraduate degrees in business are not offered at Stanford, but a students may take a minor in business courses.
University of California at Berkeley
The University of California at Berkeley ranks second in undergraduate programs according to the "U.S. News & World Report" 2014 edition. The Bachelor of Science degree program allows students to obtain a broad education, with electives that the student can use to tailor his degree toward business leadership, advanced accounting, trademarks or corporate finance. Students may also choose an international study and global management concentration and spend time studying abroad. A summer program is available for undergraduate students who are not majoring in business, offering introductory business courses for credit, career workshops and field trips.
University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA does not offer an undergraduate business degree, but does confer a bachelor's degree in business economics. UCLA master's programs can fit the schedule of a full-time student or a working student who needs to take classes on the weekends. The university also offers an accelerated MBA program. A master's degree in financial engineering, which prepares students for a career in investment banking, market analysis or risk management, is an option. UCLA is ranked seventh among business schools by "U.S. News & World Report" for 2014.
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California in Los Angeles is ranked 26th among business schools, according to the 2014 "U.S. News & World Report" rankings. USC offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. Undergraduates can choose to specialize in accounting or business administration. A World Business degree is also offered, in which students take courses in Milan, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Graduate students may choose an MBA or a master's degree in accounting. Eight specialized business master's programs include management studies, logistics, medical management, veterans studies and long-term care administration.
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Lori Garrett-Hatfield has a B.J. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She has a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. She has been working in the Education field since 1994, and has taught every grade level in the K-12 system, specializing in English education, and English as a Second Language education.