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Top 7 MBA Programs - California (2017)

California switched hands between the Spanish, the Mexicans (from 1821 to 1848), and finally stood on their own as a state in 1850, following the 1846-48 Mexican–American War.

The networking equipment, the personal computers, the microchips, and the new media explosion would not have happened if Stanford University were not financially struggling in 1950. To bring in predictive revenue, the management's initial plan was to lease out the 8,800 acres under Stanford’s land holding for residential development, shopping centers, and campus infrastructure, but when Al Brandin, the Vice President of Business Affairs, visited Denver, Colorado, he noticed the residential development in a park-like setting. The idea was adapted for Businesses, and the Stanford Industrial Park was formed, leading to the rise of ‘Silicon Valley.' It was not until Hewlett-Packard (HP) made the Stanford Industrial Park its headquarters in 1956 that competitors and prospective employees started taking the San Francisco and the San Jose area seriously.

Intel continues to be in the top 10 Technology companies in the world with a market capitalization of 143 billion (2016). The generational shift in technology is evident in the companies that have taken over the top five spots.

California Tech Companies market Cap 2017

Top 7 MBA Programs in California

1) Stanford Graduate School of Business


Stanford Full-time MBA is a 24-month program with the 2018 class taking in a record 417 students. With the acceptance rate in the 6-8% range, the selected students are encouraged to take the risk, and see inaction as the biggest risk.

2) Haas School of Business


The Berkeley MBA Program at Haas School of Business is a 24-month General Management program with options to specialize in a job function and gain skills to work in start-ups, multinational companies or non-profits.

3) UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA MBA program at Anderson School of Management is a 24-month program with a strong emphasis on field study. With an emphasis on collaboration, impact, and rigorous use of analytics, students develop the skills required to excel at the highest level.

4) USC Marshall School of Business

USC Marshall Full-time MBA program is a 20-month program offered with the goal of building the foundational management skills in the first year, followed by the option to choose four paths: multidisciplinary electives, specialization, study project, or concurrent degree from other USC graduate schools.

5) UC Davis Graduate School of Business

UC Davis Full-time MBA program is a 21-month program with a small class size (48 students), designed to develop the candidate’s leadership and management skills. A balance of case studies, lectures, discussions, team projects, and speaker series give students a well-rounded learning experience.

6) Paul Merage School of Business

The Merage MBA is a 24-month full-time MBA program designed with strategic innovation, technology, and analytical decision making as the foundation. With just 75 students in the full-time class, the approach is to build a tight knit small Business environment where the professors, faculty, and students work towards the post-MBA goals while meeting all the learning objectives for the program.

7) University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - The Rady School of Management

The Rady Full-time MBA program makes the immersive study a unique selling point by emphasizing on entrepreneurship, technology, and decision science. Although the soft skill development is integrated throughout the curriculum in top MBA programs, the electives in the program offer students a broad and unique list of courses.

Rank in 2017Full-time MBA ProgramsTotal Median Salary (Base + Bonus)Total Cost
1Stanford Graduate School of Business$161,000$237,672
2Haas School of Business$149,777$173,196
3UCLA Anderson School of Management$140,000$183,115
4USC Marshall School of Business$135,000$172,925
5UC Davis Graduate School of Business$115,060$136,243
6Paul Merage School of Business$106,500$144,960
7UCSD The Rady School of Management$68,000$161,332

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

Download How to Choose the Best MBA in US: The Ultimate Guide
(2018 Entering Class)

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

Download How to Choose the Best MBA in US: The Ultimate Guide
(2018 Entering Class)

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