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April 8, 2019

CSU, Chico College of Business and its MBA Program Recognized for Continued Excellence



Students line up at the Master's Commencement Ceremony in front of Laxson Auditorium.

California State University, Chico and the College of Business’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program continue to be recognized for their excellence. In addition to the recent re-accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), CSU, Chico College of Business and its MBA program were recognized by Money magazine, Washington Monthly, CEO Magazine, EDUniversal, Princeton Review, and The Financial Engineer (TFE) Review.

Money magazine named CSU, Chico as one of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” in its 2018 rankings. Out of more than 2,400 colleges and universities across the country, CSU, Chico ranked No. 62 based on its educational quality, cost, and alumni success. Among the criteria used by Money to rank colleges and universities are graduation rates, student-faculty ratio, cost to obtain a degree, student debt and graduates’ earnings.

Ken Chapman, associate dean of the University’s College of Business, said that the many successful programs within the college—like the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Excellence in Finance, Seufferlein Sales Program, and Business Student Success Center—provide students with real-world experience and help to drive the college’s overall success.

“I seriously believe the value students get from our excellent faculty and staff, applied curriculum and phenomenal co-curriculum opportunities just can’t be beat,” Chapman said.

This is the fourth year in a row the University has been recognized by Money in this way. 

In addition, Washington Monthly’sBest Bang for the Buck in the West” rated CSU, Chico No. 29 on the list, and No. 27 on their list of “Best National Master’s Schools.” The rankings are based on net price, graduation rates, and whether students go on to earn enough to pay off their loans.

“We are exceptionally proud to be recognized in this way,” said Matt Meuter, director of the MBA program at CSU, Chico. We have known for quite some time that our MBA program is affordable, valuable, and of high quality. However, external validation, such as Washington Monthly’s rating, is exciting.”

Additional rankings include TFE Times’ ranking of CSU, Chico as No. 138 on its list of “2019 Best MBA Program Rankings” programs for 2019.

CEO Magazine ranked CSU, Chico’s MBA program as a “Tier 1 MBA Program in North America.” This ranking is based on quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, prices, and other factors. 

EDUniversal ranked the MBA program No. 48 in their “Top 2018 MBA Full Time in North America,” just ahead of San Diego State at No. 50 and CSU Long Beach at No. 51.

Finally, Princeton Review’s ranking of the College of Business as one of the top 251 Business Schools with an on-campus MBA program. Although the Princeton Review does not list specific rankings, it is quite an honor to be on its set of the top 251 universities.

“We’re honored to be chosen once again as a top MBA program among some of the very best business schools globally,” said Dean Terence Lau. “Our program features small class sizes and cutting-edge curriculum, all designed to help our students unlock their potential as organizational leaders. Given the affordable cost of our MBA program and the return students see in their earnings, it's easy to see why we are recognized as an outstanding investment that our MBA program represents."

The MBA program at CSU, Chico provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective managerial decision-making. In addition to the general MBA option, students may specialize in enterprise information systems or project management. The MBA program, along with all of CSU, Chico’s business programs, has maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1972. To learn more about the program, please visit Masters of Business Administration.


Matt Meuter
MBA Director, College of Business
530-898-5880
mba@csuchico.edu