U.S. News Ranks Saint Mary’s College Top 100 in the Country for Best Online MBA Programs

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Saint Mary's College has placed in the top 100 in the United States (#82) for Best Online MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report, moving up 34 spots from last year, as well as placing again in the top 50 in the country (#43) for Best Online Graduate Business programs (non-MBA). Of notable mention is our placement at (#45) for Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.

In the competitive landscape of the Bay Area, the College is tucked away in the hills of Moraga. Some call us a "silent giant." Our cutting-edge business programs continue to draw students from the local area and around the globe. Our Lasallian values combined with our focus on innovation, creativity, and community continue to attract a wide range of students committed to making the world a better place, as well as move to that next level in their career.

About Saint Mary's College Business Schools

As one of the first Executive MBA programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Saint Mary's College of California alumni network is strong, lifelong, and worldwide. Small class sizes and cohorts lead to an intimate feel other colleges often lack, creating a network of alumni students can draw on for life. In addition, the worldwide Lasallian network leads to endless possibilities for Gael alumni once they graduate and head out into the world to make a name for themselves.

Recently, the College has become increasingly focused on entrepreneurship, as we are located close to Silicon Valley, a world mecca for the latest and greatest in the tech industry. Our EMBA, M.S. in Finance, M.S. in Accounting, Professional MBA, Executive Doctorate in Business AdministrationGlobal Executive MBA, M.S. in Business Analytics, and M.S. in Management programs offer students access to dedicated professors, the latest in graduate learning, and industry expertise.

Part of the Elite 5 Percent of Business Schools Worldwide

Using indicators of academic excellence, U.S. News ranks regionally accredited colleges and universities. The online graduate business programs at SMC are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an honor reserved for the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide. The AACSB is the gold standard of business school accreditation. Online programs in professional areas with the largest enrollments are evaluated annually by U.S. News, based on criteria such as employment outcomes of graduates.

Our graduate business classes are offered in Moraga, San Ramon, and Silicon Valley, as well as in a hybrid format (half online, half in-person). The half-online, half-traditional classroom hybrid format combines classroom and digital technology to work with modern working schedules.

Saint Mary's Offers Multiple Top-Ranked Graduate Business Programs

Offered in San Ramon and Moraga, Saint Mary's College’s Executive MBA Program allows you to earn a well-respected MBA degree in just 18 months—while continuing your career. Filled with accomplished participants and educated practitioners, the atmosphere is interactive, collaborative, and designed to stimulate critical thinking and engage in dynamic discussion.

The Saint Mary’s Executive MBA Program has long been on the cutting edge of using technology to help deliver quality business education, and since its beginning, our hybrid approach has been a model for other top schools and institutions. Our approach to online classroom technology in the Executive MBA Program is aligned with the Saint Mary’s tradition—we only use technology when it enhances Saint Mary’s mission to provide a high-quality education that places students first, with emphasis on small classes and personal attention.

Our Non-MBA programs include the B.A. or B.S in Economics, B.S in Business Administration, and B.S. in Accounting.

The M.S. in Accounting degree meets the 150-hour educational requirement set by California law. The Department of Accounting provides a comprehensive accounting education, including in-depth instruction in accounting principles and theory, state-of-the-art computer training, seminars on current issues, income tax law, and auditing standards. Students learn technical aspects of accounting and economic consequences of accounting rules and practices, and hone their skills in analysis, communication, and ethical decision making.

Well-Respected Undergraduate Business Program

The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) also hosts the Undergraduate Business Administration (BUSAD) program of Saint Mary’s College. The BUSAD program is the most highly sought major on campus because it is committed fully to preparing students for successful careers in a world of commerce that is ever-changing and increasingly complex. BUSAD majors gain technical expertise in a liberal arts learning environment where intellectual inquiry, ethical sensitivity, and communication skills are nurtured by an accomplished and caring faculty (not TAs) in small classes. Many faculty members hail from countries outside the United States or have international business experience that contributes to the SEBA focus of “Think Globally, Lead Responsibly.”

Economics, a social science, centers around the utilization of limited resources to provide the goods and services society desires. Economists study how business and personal decisions are made in various kinds of markets under conditions of scarcity, as well as uncertainty and incomplete information. They also provide insight into solving both short- and long-term problems, including those involving investment and savings decisions, and stability of the economy. Students of economics receive a strong grounding in both theoretical and applied aspects of economics, which allows them to use their knowledge to understand economic behavior and provides them a basis for evaluating economic policy.

The Bachelor of Arts Economics major with a concentration in Sustainability Studies is aimed at students interested in the environmental and social impacts of growing economies. The economics minor is an excellent complement to many majors such as politics, history, mathematics, communication, accounting and business administration. The minor provides students with a core of economic theory and a sampling of the many fields of economics.