California is among the top 10 states for high-wage services, the top five for science and technology, and is the best state for attracting venture capital and foreign investment, according to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. The state boasts world-class universities where students can major in business, according to college ranking services including Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report.
Haas School of Business
The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, was among the top business schools in 2014 as ranked by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report and QS Top Universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Berkeley's undergraduate business program as the second best in the nation. The average grade-point average for undergraduate business majors entering the school in 2014 was 3.71. The entering class consists of 59.3 percent minorities and 51.55 percent women. Haas weighs 50 percent of its admissions decisions on grades, 35 percent on application essays and 15 percent on activities. The curriculum covers accounting, finance, marketing, business communication and organizational behavior.
Marshall School of Business
Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek rank the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California among the top 40 business schools in the United States. QS Top Universities ranks the Los Angeles school among the 100 best in the world. Marshall business majors can pursue degrees in business administration, accounting or a World Bachelor in Business degree. Business majors can dive into business classes in their first year. When they graduate, they join a 400,000-member USC alumni network. The student-teacher ratio for business administration majors was 23 to 1 in 2014.
Rady School of Management
The Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, was ranked among the best 150 business programs in the world in 2014, according to QS Top Universities, and its global MBA program is one of the top 100 in the world, according to The Financial Times in 2014. Rady undergraduate business majors take a series of accounting and business courses. Undergraduates can use the career center to land internships, and 48 percent of graduates in 2011 who had jobs lined up by graduation got their jobs through an internship. The school’s behavioral lab, where researchers study individuals' decision-making processes, encourages students to volunteer as assistants.
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business was ranked 43rd in the country in 2014 by Bloomberg Businessweek. Undergraduate majors can take classes from seven departments: accounting, accounting and information systems, economics, finance, management, marketing, and operations management & information systems. Most business majors take exploratory courses for two years. You declare a major and take an internship during your junior year or during the summer after your junior year. Leavey includes a global experience program, where you can take a two-week trip to destinations such as Spain or Vietnam to conclude the academic year.
- Forbes: The Best Business Schools, 2014
- Bloomberg Businessweek: Best Undergraduate Business Schools, 2014
- U.S. News & World Report: Best Undergraduate Business Program Rankings, 2014
- QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 -- Accounting & Finance
- University of California, Berkeley: Haas School of Business: Undergraduate Program
- University of Southern California: Marshall School of Business: Undergraduate Programs
- University of California, San Diego: Rady School of Management: Rady Undergraduate Program
- Santa Clara University: Leavey School of Business: Business for Undergraduates
- California Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development: Why California?
- Financial Times: Global MBA Ranking 2014