Historically, California assumed the title 'The Golden State' because of the great Gold Rush of the 1840s and '50s. The discovery of gold led to mass migration westward by enterprising 19th century pioneers with a longing to make a quick buck. Fast forward almost two hundred years, and California has kept its reputation as somewhere that dreams can be fulfilled.

California's higher education system is comprised of ten University of California campuses, 22 California State University campuses, 106 community colleges, and many high quality independent and private colleges and universities. The University of California, the California State University, and numerous accredited independent institutions award MBAs.

The University of California (UC) campuses offer a wide range of programmes leading to baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Eight of the ten UC campuses offer MBA programmes: Irvine, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Davis, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Riverside. MBA students at a University of California campus will find access to some of the world's highest quality faculty, facilities, new technology, and libraries.

The California State University system offers both baccalaureate and masters degrees. Of its 23 campuses, 20 offer MBA programmes for their students, located in nearly every major metropolitan area of California. The campuses that offer MBA are:

San Jose


San Luis Obispo




Los Angeles


Long Beach

East Bay




Dominguez Hills


San Bernardino


San Marcos

Monterey Bay

Channel Islands

Most of the Masters degree programs within the CSU system are ideal for the working student, with many classes offered at various times of the day, including evenings. Those students who wish to pursue the practical application of business while obtaining their degree can choose to enrol full or part-time, making a CSU programme the ideal choice for working professionals.

Many of California's independent institutions also offer MBA program. These universities vary greatly in size and scope - some are large and well-known, such as the University of Southern California (USC), while others enrol fewer students but are no less well respected, such as Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. California's independent institutions also vary hugely in admissions requirements and tuition costs. Many offer programs for working students, including evening and weekend courses, courses through technology, and classes held at various locations.

Virtually all MBA programs in California take advantage of the State's robust economic environment. Business leaders and faculty work together to ensure that MBA students not only get the knowledge and theory they need for a good foundation in business, but that they have access to California's full range of opportunities in which they can apply that theory to real life situations. Additionally, it is common for business leaders to serve as instructors in courses. Collaboration between schools of business and industry leaders ensures a seamless transition for students between the academic and business worlds.

The combination of good planning and solid commitment by California's political leaders and general public to invest in higher education has made its system of higher education the envy of many worldwide, and the reputation and quality of education offered by California's colleges and universities continues to attract students from around the world. California is an exciting place. Choose it as the location for your MBA and you could soon be on the way to great things. 

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