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AACSB ssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) affirmed accreditation for all undergraduate and graduate programs of the College of Business in 2019.

AACSB is one of higher education's most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies, stressing academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement. Established in 1916, AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration worldwide. Meeting the rigorous standards of AACSB is a measure of a school's quality of curriculum, faculty, staff, students, and strategic management. Of 16,500 business programs worldwide, only 840 are accredited by AACSB, representing 56 countries. Since 1972, the College of Business has been one of these elite schools. COB achieved re-accreditation in May 2019. COB is proud of its accomplishments for faculty qualifications and the assurance of student learning.  Looks up CSULB College of Business on the AACSB Website.  Please contact our Accreditation office for more information.

Princeton Review Best Business Schools 2016

The Princeton Review has named COB’s MBA program as a best business school in the United States for the twelfth straight year. To be rated, a business school must meet criteria for excellence and allow its students to be surveyed.

Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher Robert Franek states: "We recommend Cal State Long Beach as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree… We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students who rate and report on their experiences on our 80-question student survey." The Princeton Review annually surveys over 20,000 students who attend the business schools profiled in its ratings. COB’s Evening, Day, and Saturday MBA programs enroll students who range from recent college graduates to professionals with many years of experience, from business professionals to those with technical backgrounds, and from local students to those with global backgrounds.

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®)

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC®) is an association of leading graduate business schools around the world and counts COB as an institutional member.

Since 1953, GMAC has provided business schools and students an array of products, services, and programs, and it serves as a primary resource of information about quality graduate management education. Believing that business and management are critical to the economic and social well-being of people worldwide, GMAC helps improve decision making that contributes to the effective use of human, natural, and financial resources throughout the world. A total of 200 business schools are GMAC members, of which six are from the University of California system and two are from the California State University system. The COB is also a member of the MBA Roundtable and the MBA Career Services Council.

Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking

Eduniversal, a French higher education company founded in 1994, has recognized COB since 2009.

COB ranks in the North America Good Business School (Two Palm) category. Eduniversal provides students around the world information about the Best 1,000 Business Schools in 154 countries over nine regions across five continents. Its rankings reflect the international dimension of each school and enables students to make the best decision regarding where to pursue their education. A twelve-member International Scientific Committee determines Eduniversal’s Palms and includes assessments made by business school deans. At the Master's level, our Accelerated MBA program (AMBA) was awarded Two Palms and ranked 58th in North America while our MBA specialization in Human Resource Management was awarded Three Palms and ranked 31th in North America.

Carnegie Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2015 selected California State University, Long Beach to receive its Community Engagement Classification. 

The university is one of only 361 institutions to achieve this distinction. Colleges and universities with an established focus on service within the community are eligible for this classification, and selection requires proof of significant effort on the part of the institution to invest in community service and bring together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice.

California Prospector Award

The California Prospector Award was received by CSULB College of Business in 2001, and the College of Business is the only California business school to have received this recognition.

The Prospector Award is the second level of recognition of the California Awards for Performance Excellence. These honors are based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is the country's highest recognition of organizational excellence in business, education, and health care. Receiving this award signifies that COB's commitment to quality, continuous improvement, and performance excellence is reflected not only in our educational programs and offerings, but also in our organizational systems and processes


NerdWallet ranked the College of Business 12th on its list of the 100 Best U.S. Colleges for Business Majors in 2015.NerdWallet, a personal finance and information company, evaluated 358 universities and colleges across the country on affordability, prestige, earnings of graduates, and student debt at graduation.

According to this, COB students pay affordable tuition (approximately $6,600 per year), graduate with low debt (approximately $14,000), and earn excellent income ($87,400 ten years after graduation). COB is in excellent company in this ranking, with NerdWallet’s top ten business schools including the following University of California campuses: Berkeley (ranked 1st), Irvine (ranked 5th), Santa Barbara (ranked 8th), and Los Angeles (ranked 10th).  

CEO Magazine

CEO Magazine has ranked the CSULB College of Business’s MBA program as Tier One in North America since 2017.

On the Global Executive MBA Ranking, the College of Business was tied for 29th with HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany), Porto Business School (Portugal), and University of Wollongong Sydney Business School (Australia). Using a ranking system entirely geared and weighted to fact-based criteria, CEO Magazine provides potential students with performance benchmarks based on quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, price, work experience, professional development, gender parity, and delivery methods


Recognition of the University.

CollegeNET ranked CSULB 6th in the nation in 2018 on its Social Mobility Index that considers tuition, economic background, graduate rates, early career salary, and institutional endowment; in 2016, the university ranked 11th on this list.

Money Magazine ranked CSULB 13th in the nation in 2019 on its list of the 25 Best Colleges in America that recognizes universities that deliver superior education at affordable prices while preparing students for rewarding careers. Money evaluated more than 700 institutions and used 19,000 data points on cost and quality.