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2019 Best Online Business Administration Colleges in California

Methodologies and Sources

Methodology

In order to qualify for our ranking a college needed to have the following requirements:

  • Offer a degree or certificate program in that subject, either in an online or hybrid format
  • Have at least 1% of students attending some form of distance education
  • Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2016-17
  • Have reported data for all 11 ranking variables listed below

After applying the above criteria, we ranked 38 colleges and universities in the United States offering an online business administration degree program, using 2016-17 data from the National Center for Education Statistics on the following criteria:

  1. Bachelor’s Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2016-2017 were in this particular subject
  2. Ratio of undergraduate students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Retention rate
  5. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  6. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students
  7. Student-to-faculty ratio
  8. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  9. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed,  Prepaid, Other)
    1. Payment
    2. Guaranteed
    3. Prepaid
    4. Other
  10. Services (Academic/Career Counseling, Placement for Completers)
    1. Academic/Career
    2. Placement for Completers
  11. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
    1. Dual
    2. Life
    3. AP
    4. Military

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Business-Administration-California

California is home to 49 of the Fortune 500 companies coming in second only after New York on the list of states with the highest number of Fortune 500 companies. With giants like Alphabet Inc. (Google's parent company), Cisco, Intel, E-bay and Oracle headquartered in the California, there can be some very interesting career opportunities to be had for those with a business administration degree. In the Bay area alone are 70 companies that employees love working for, reported by Fortune magazine in 2019.

If you're thinking of earning an online business administration degree in California, there some good news for you:

There are jobs to be had. Among all employment sectors in California, "Professional and Business Services" shows the highest growth rate — 34.1% from 2014 to 2024, according to the California Labour Market. If you're looking at specific areas that are doing the most hiring of business professionals, here they are: metropolitan areas such as the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale MD, Anaheim-Santa-Ana-Irvine MD, and the San Diego-Carlsband MSA show the highest employment projections for business professionals.

There's good money to be made. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $68,350 in May 2018, higher than the median wages for all other occupations at $38,640.

What can you do with a business administration degree in California?

According to California's Employment Development Department Occupations, the most jobs openings in California in the field of business include those of:

  • General and operations managers
  • Management analysts
  • Accountants and auditors
  • Market research analysts
  • Marketing specialists
  • Sales managers

These jobs require at least a bachelor's degree and less than 5 years of experience. Employment opportunities for these jobs and others in the business field exist in a variety of industries in California including management, hospitality, construction, universities, insurance companies and hospitals.

With the highest number of higher education institutes in the country, California online colleges have plenty to offer those who'd like to earn an online business administration degree. Online degree programs are often designed to fit busy lifestyles with flexible learning options. Our list of the best online business degrees in California present you with the top online college choices.

15 Best Online Business Administration Degrees in California

Our ranking explained.

Using data from IPEDS, a government database containing information reported by colleges across America, our methodology takes into consideration factors that would of high value to prospective online students, such as average tuition, graduation rates, student services, and more. To qualify to make it to our list, colleges had to meet all 11 of our criteria. We invite you to take a look at our methodology at the bottom of the page and see how these factors fit in with your needs.

Here's our top 15 picks of the best online business administration degrees in California geared for online students. Here's to your success in meeting your career goals!

1

California Miramar University

California Miramar University (CMU) offers online business administration degrees from the associate degree level through to doctoral degrees. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASCUC). The University is able to engage in delivering interactive lessons delivered by a "highly educated practitioner faculty", according to their website. Students can take their prerequisites in an accelerated format allowing them to focus on their core courses.

At the associate and bachelor's levels, students are able to choose from a variety of subjects for emphasis such business administration, hospitality management, international business, finance, marketing, and sports management. MBA students may choose from concentrations such as strategic leadership and management in global business, healthcare management, and technology management.

Not only does CMU have a low student to faculty ratio with ten students to one faculty member, one hundred percent of qualifying students received some form of federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid in 2016-17 at an average rate of $5219, according to their website.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $8,772
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5,219
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit , Dual Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Student Services Offered 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 219,702

2

San Diego Christian College

San Diego Christian College (SDCC) is a four-year liberal arts college regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASCUC). This is a Christian college offering an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration to help students prepare for careers in management built on strong Christian ethics.

Students have the option of choosing a concentration in marketing. The business administration degree program is also open to non-business majors who can pursue a minor allowing those coming from non-business majors to expand their skill sets in business and enhance their marketability.

One hundred percent of their students received some form of financial aid last year and it has the largest electronic library collection on our list making this university a serious contender for one of our top spots.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $21,057
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5,110
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 1,318,909

3

Ashford University

Ashford University offers its business administration degrees through the Forbes School of Business and Technology. The University is accredited by the WSCUC along with programmatic accreditation for its business degrees from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). The business administration degree programs are also certified for quality by Quality Matters.

The college offers online business administration degrees at the bachelor's and master's level. Students at the bachelor's level can choose accounting, business, economics, information systems or management as majors while MBA students can choose from business, information systems and mathematics.

In 2016-17, a hundred percent of their business administration students were online students, indicating the college's commitment to online programs. As per their website information, online students can benefit from extensive support services including peer mentoring programs, writing support and various online student organizations like the Forbes School of Business and Technology Business Management Club. 

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $10,848
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,391
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 291,114

4

National University

One of National University's goals is to provide accessible, achievable education to adult learners and offers online business administration programs that are designed to meet industry and employer demands as well as help adult learners achieve their career goals. These degree programs are offered in different formats such as hybrid or fully online, conducive to online adult learners. NU has articulation agreements with more than 110 community colleges making it easy for adult learners who have previous credits or life experience to transfer credits toward your degree, as reported by their website.

The online Bachelor's in Business Administration offers concentrations such asproject management, human resource management, finance, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship, business law, alternative dispute resolution and accountancy. At the graduate level students can choose from international business, supply chain management, marketing, human resource management, managerial accounting, organizational leadership, and financial management as concentrations. Courses and enrollments run on a monthly basis allowing you greater flexibility while taking classes.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $13,032
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $3,797
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 441,095

5

California Baptist University

California Baptist University's Division of Online and Professional Studies is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This is a Christian college where students are taught to approach business issues with the ethical standards of Christian principles.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration offers concentrations in management or logistics and operations, while their online MBA programs are offered with accounting or general management concentrations. The University offers accelerated online Bachelor's in Business Administration degree programs for students with an associate degree allowing them to complete their bachelor's degree in two years instead of four years.

Three semesters offered through the year allow students to access education at their convenience.

The college reports on their website that apart from career services like resume writing and job search tools on offer, students are assigned a "One-Stop" advisor to help them with planning schedules, accessing financial aid and work through any other challenges throughout the duration of their online degree program.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $30,446
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,874
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 292,696

6

Trident University International

Trident University International was the first 100% online university to be regionally accredited by WSCUC. Trident University prides itself on their professional, caring faculty over 80 percent of who hold doctoral degrees. They approach student learning by emphasizing the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills through active, case-based learning as opposed to standard test methods.

The University offers online business administration degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Concentrations offered at the bachelor's degree level include contract management, general business, human resource management, information technology management, logistics, management / leadership, project management and safety management thereby catering to diverse interests.

Their MBA program offers seven concentrations which are conflict and negotiation management, general management, human resource management, information security and digital assurance management, information technology management, logistics, safety management and strategic leadership.

One hundred percent of the university's students received some form of federal financial aid in the year 2016-17.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $9,240
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $3,570
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 487,145

7

Coastline Community College

Coastline Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers online certificates as well as two-year online business administration associate degrees which can be transferred to four-year colleges for students wishing to advance their education.

It offers business administration degrees as both Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees. In addition to helping eligible recent high school graduates transition to college though free tutoring and covering first year fees, they also offer support for students with special needs including interpreting services, note taking, registration assistance, special materials/equipment and more, according to their website.

With average in-state tuition of just $1,104, it is one of the two highest ranked colleges on our list in terms of affordability.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $1,104
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,807
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 181,602

8

Santa Barbara Business College-Ventura

Santa Barbara Business College offers online business administration degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree level. It is one of the oldest business colleges in California and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Students of online degree programs are given one-on-one support in classes from professionals who are committed to seeing their students succeed.

Each online business administration degree program is designed with student-specific goals in mind such as being able to deal with real-world problems right from the beginning of their careers. Their associate in business administration degree program is designed for both students who want to get working immediately as well as for students who want to transfer to a four-year degree.

Their online bachelor's degree program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers across a wide variety of careers. According to their website, the master's degree program can be completed in just seven 10 week terms which means you can have your MBA in less than 2 years! They offer 27/7 technical support for their online students.

The business college has the lowest average student to faculty ratio on our list with 8 students per faculty member.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $9,900
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5,173
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 139

9

Barstow Community College

The College is accredited by WSCUC by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Barstow Community College offers an online Associate in Science in Business Administration, a transfer degree for students who plan to complete a Bachelor's in Business Administration at a California State University.

The College has extensive student support services with free online tutorial services for almost all classes available 24/7, per website information. Being a community college, the average in-state undergraduate tuition at $1,404 is one of the lowest on our list of the best online business administration colleges making it a worthwhile consideration for prospective online students.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $1,104
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,905
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 61,983

10

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University offers degree completion programs that help working adults fit advanced education into their busy schedules. Their accelerated online Bachelor's in Business Administration degree completion programs include cohort programs, general education, and elective courses.

The general education and elective courses are directed towards students who do not have enough previous college credits to make up the units they require to obtain their bachelor's degree. Although these are degree completion programs, students may be able to enroll without an associate degree by using life experience, military training and AP credits, according to their website.

Fresno Pacific University is regionally accredited by the WSCUC. The university offers online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentrations in business management and organizational leadership. Apart from career counseling and placement services, online students can also receive support with essay construction, development and editing through an automated service that is available 24/7.

The university is another one on our list where a hundred percent of qualifying students received some form of federal financial aid in 2016-17.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $29,998
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,644
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 294,803

11

Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary's University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphases on management and accounting. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASCUC). The university's mission is to "foster a spirit of service, leadership and digital learning innovation to a global community of scholars".

Their business administration programs aim to prepare students for professional careers through encouraging "rigorous, imaginative, analytical, and inquisitive attitudes," states their website.

Classes start every 8 weeks. Students are also assigned a Success Coach who can help them navigate through the ups-and-downs of achieving their academic goals.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $38,498
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,480
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 464,057

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Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University offers an online MBA program which can be completed in less than two years. It is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree and at least two years of relevant career experience. Classes are synchronous, streamed live online so you can interact with your faculty and peers in real-time without having to wait for a reply via email or messages on discussion boards. Apart from a general MBA, concentrations are offered in finance, marketing, digital innovation and information systems and leadership and managing organizational change.

Students of the program receive a WeWork Membership which gives them access to a network of shared workspaces in hundreds of cities around the world, as per website information. Their alumni network of over 40,000 individuals allows you build relationships with like-minded individuals worldwide. Pepperdine University's Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Students of the university received an average of $5,784 in grant aid in 2016 -17, the highest amount on our list!

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $51,740
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5,784
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 502,726

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) offers its online Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) program in three different setups: once-a-week, eight-week format, or online, so you can choose the method that suits your lifestyle and learning style. It also offers a fully online MBA program in a flexible format which means you can choose to access courses when it is most convenient to you. Eligible APU alumni receive a 15 percent tuition discount for the MBA program.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) as well as the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Azusa is also a Yellow Ribbon University which can help military students convert their experience and training into college credits, according website information.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $36,926
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4,750
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 225,311
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Concordia University-Irvine

Concordia University-Irvine offers an accelerated online Bachelor's in Business Administration and leadership which can allow you to complete your bachelor's degree in as little as 19 months if you have an associate degree. They also offer fully online general education classes to help you make up your required credits as well as accept Prior Learning Assessment credit.

Although the majority of your classes are held online, Concordia University-Irvine also holds periodic real-time sessions, typically in the first, third, fifth, and seventh weeks of each course allowing you to interact with your peers and faculty via two hour long sessions, as per information on their website.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $33,400
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5,322
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 253,232
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Hope International University

Hope International University is a Christian University that inculcates Christian values along with studies. Their unique online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration program can be completed in a little as three years with tuition reduced to just $5000 a year which means you may be able to complete your undergraduate degree in just $15,000, reports their website!

Online students are assigned dedicated academic coaches who can help them through various issues they may face in the course of achieving their academic goals including scheduling and time management. Students also have access to a job portal at no cost along with resume writing and career counseling services.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17:$30,700
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $3,670
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 158,587

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