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Graduate Business Programs

Message from the Director

We are quite proud of Graduate Business Programs at the Craig School of Business. We would like to suggest some reasons why you may want to consider getting an MBA from us.

We are an AACSB-accredited program. This is the same business accrediting agency that all top universities in the US and around the world seek for accreditation. There are many other accrediting agencies, but AACSB is the most prestigious and its accreditation is the most rigorous to achieve.

We are consistently ranked as a top business school by the Princeton Review. Our department takes great pride in this ranking because it was based on student surveys of quality and satisfaction with the program.

Regionally, we have an excellent reputation for attracting exceptional students to our program. Our new students arrive with solid GPAs and strong GMAT scores. Quality students lead to quality graduates and a quality program. While in the program, students will have a better peer group than many other schools. Later, these graduates will be representatives of the same program from which you have earned your MBA.

The Craig School of Business has a strong reputation in various programs such as entrepreneurship (Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship), human resources (national champions in HR games), accounting (the big four CPA firms recruit our students), real estate (Gazarian Real Estate Center), finance (our students manage a $1M+ investment fund) and more. Additionally, we have an exceptional international focus with our study abroad program that serves students from other CSU campuses at the MBA level. These various programs are led by the top caliber faculty at the Craig School of Business.

Students completing their degree will leave with an MBA degree that has value. There are many alternative MBA programs, but most cannot provide the "brand" value that students need when competing for jobs. This strong brand recognition not only comes from the Craig School of Business, but it also comes from Fresno State, with strong programs in other areas such as agriculture and engineering, as well as the constant national media attention from our Fresno State sports programs.

We have a very diverse student population from both an educational and ethnic standpoint. Many have undergraduate degrees outside of business (15% are engineers and over 10% came from the medical field). Almost 20% of our students come from abroad plus our local students are also very ethnically diversified.

MBA students and alumni are encouraged to participate in mixers and our alumni social media groups. We have developed a great network for job posting and employee referrals.

As a final note, the best and most honest reason for seeking an MBA from the Craig School of Business is personal improvement. Programs cannot guarantee monetary success or fast track career paths to top level jobs. Hopefully, students can achieve these, but we feel that no one will leave this program without the pride of completing a rigorous program, the skill sets to help them in the future and tremendous personal confidence.