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MBA Programs in California

General and operations managers are on the list of top occupations in California, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The position is projected to see 72,690 new job openings between 2008 and 2018, making it one of the occupations with the most opportunities in the Golden State. Jobs for general and operations managers can be financially rewarding-- and an MBA can help you strike it big.


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Table of contents:

  1. Average GMAT Scores of California MBA Applicants
  2. Striking It Big in California With an MBA Degree
  3. Best State For MBA Grads: California
  4. Business schools in the Golden State you might have missed
  5. MBA Programs in California

Average GMAT Scores of California MBA Applicants

California MBA applicants tend to out perform the national average on GMAT scores. As such, schools and colleges in California offering MBAs might be more selective in reviewing an applicant's GMAT score than in other states.

Average GMAT score for Men and Women test takers in 2012, 2012 Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) - GMAC Application Trends Survey, 2013.

Striking It Big in California With an MBA Degree

Big business is no stranger to California. The state is home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Chevron, Google, Wells Fargo, and more, and businesses from IT to health care to retail can benefit from trained, professional leadership. Nine of the state's Fortune 500 companies are located in San Francisco, which has a population of more than 800,000 people. Five are located in Los Angeles, with a population of nearly 9 million people. Graduates in California MBA programs might find employment opportunities in the corporate hub of Los Angeles or in San Francisco, a retail hub and the headquarters for Gap, Levi Strauss and more. Explore business schools in California and boost your earning potential today.

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Best State For MBA Grads: California

Overall Rank:

# 4

Overall Ranking of California is based on average salary ranking of individual MBA professions. The salaries of individual MBA professions are ranked from highest to lowest across the nation and include Guam, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands. As such, some states can be ranked worse than 50 for individual professions.

Individual MBA Profession Salary Ranking:

  • Ranked #4 as Best State for Finance MBA graduates
  • Ranked #7 as Best State for Human Resource MBA graduates
  • Ranked #7 as Best State for Logistical MBA graduates
  • Ranked #4 as Best State for Accounting MBA graduates
  • Ranked #9 as Best State for Entrepreneurship minded MBAs
  • Ranked #8 as Best State for Marketing MBA graduates

While our state rankings measure overall median salaries for a professions which hire MBAs, please remember that due to the Cost of Living Index of California, salaries could feel up to -22% lower than they initially appear.

These rankings are based on 2013 median annual salary data supplied from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salary data for professions which MBA graduates typically find employment was sorted by specialty and ranked.

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Business schools in the Golden State Forbes didn't see:

Not every school has the public relations team needed to dominate the Forbes MBA rankings every year. As it would happen, there are more Golden State B-Schools than appear in the listings most MBA applicants follow. Here are a few schools we think you might have missed in your search for an MBA program.

The following school information is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, part of the Department of Education. All of the following schools offer master-level business degrees.


Alliant International University

American Jewish University

Antioch University-Los Angeles

Antioch University-Santa Barbara

Azusa Pacific University

Biola University

Brandman University

California Baptist University

California Institute of Integral Studies

California Lutheran University

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

California University of Management and Sciences

Chapman University

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont McKenna College

Concordia University-Irvine

Dominican University of California

Fielding Graduate University

Fresno Pacific University

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

Holy Names University

Hope International University

Humboldt State University

International Technological University

John F Kennedy University


Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from California.