Accreditation & External Recognition
The undergraduate and graduate programs of the College of Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
AACSB is one of higher education's most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies, stressing academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement. Established in 1916, AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration worldwide. Meeting the rigorous standards of AACSB is a measure of a school's quality of curriculum, faculty, facilities, students, and strategic planning. Of about 13,000 business programs worldwide, only 648 are accredited by AACSB, of which 120 are outside the U.S. Since 1972, the College of Business Administration has been one of these elite schools. The CBA received re-accreditation in April 2009 and is proud of its accomplishments for faculty qualifications and the assurance of student learning.
The CBA is the only California business school to have received the California Prospector Award. The Prospector Award is the second level of recognition of the California Awards for Performance Excellence. These honors are based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is the country’s highest recognition of organizational excellence in business, education, and health care. Receiving this award signifies that the CBA's commitment to quality, continuous improvement, and performance excellence, is reflected not only in our educational programs and offerings, but also in our organizational systems and processes.
In 2010, our MBA program ranked as one of Princeton Review’s 301 best business schools in the United States. To be ranked in the top level of schools by the Princeton Review, a school must meet criteria for excellence and also allow the Review to conduct surveys of its students. According to our students, the CBA is considered to have a safe, cooperative, and pleasant campus atmosphere that creates an appealing backdrop for its MBA programs. As one student explains, “The campus is very casual, and the students are very nice and friendly. It is like a second home, and I feel comfortable and safe in the environment.” Those who would like to augment their coursework with extracurricular activities will find opportunities to participate in professional development seminars and events offered by the MBA Association. Our Evening, Day, and Saturday MBA programs enroll students who range from recent college graduates to professionals with many years of experience, from business professionals to those with technical backgrounds, and from local students to those with global backgrounds.
The College of Business Administration is an institutional member of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®), an association of leading graduate business schools around the world. GMAC meets the needs of business schools and students through an array of products, services, and programs; it serves as a primary resource of information about quality graduate management education. Its mission is to be the leader in the discovery and evaluation of talent through assessment in business education around the world. GMAC members are distinguished by the quality of their students and programs, and by providing services that enhance student academic and professional success. Worldwide, a total of 183 business schools are GMAC member-schools, of which six are from the University of California system and two are from the California State University system. The CBA is also a member of the MBA Roundtable and the MBA Career Services Council.
Since 2009, the CBA has been awarded three Palms by Eduniversal, which is a French company specializing in higher education that was founded in 1994. Eduniversal’s goal is to provide students around the world with information about the Best 1,000 Business Schools in more than 150 countries over nine regions across five continents. Eduniversal offers students a ranking that reflects the international dimension of each school and enables students to make the best decision regarding where to pursue their education. Eduniversal Palms indicate the level of international reputation and are awarded by a twelve-member International Scientific Committee that compiles the list of criteria and includes assessments made by business school Deans.