California State University, Los Angeles

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Study Business in One of the Nation’s Most Diverse Economic Capitals

Located five miles from bustling Downtown Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is a diverse, community-oriented microcosm of its mother city that attracts driven students from around the world.

A Market-ready Approach

With nearly 25,000 students enrolled in hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, the University takes pride in an applied learning approach that distinguishes itself from other public universities across California. Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics, Edward Hsieh commented, “We not only give students theoretical training, we make sure that when students graduate, they are ready for the job market.”

The University also partners with community colleges, high schools, and local chambers of commerce to build meaningful relationships between the University and the surrounding community. Students are frequently involved with conferences, competitions, and more.

Internships and Business Opportunities Abound

Ranked as one of the nation’s “Best 296 Business Schools” by The Princeton Review, the College of Business and Economics at Cal State LA enjoys the prestigious AACSB accreditation given to only 5% of the world’s business schools.

The MBA program at Cal State LA gives students access to the city’s niche markets, such as media and entertainment, while also incorporating experiences with international corporations and the greater business community. Students may enroll in programs such as Healthcare Management, Business Economics, Computer Information Systems, and Marketing.

International Students Thrive at Cal State LA

For students from Brazil, Healthcare Management is a popular specialization. Associate Dean Hsieh noted, “Most students in our Healthcare Management [program] are professionals in the industry who want a degree to get promoted. We also have students are who have no background in healthcare but are interested in a new career in the health industry – in pharmaceuticals for example.”

Students of all MBA specializations are required to complete field studies before graduation. “This project-based course is linked with local companies and corporations to help our students experience their industry,” stated Associate Dean Hsieh. The business school also arranges internship opportunities for both native and international students.

With such a diverse, driven community both on campus and beyond, Cal State LA provides an exceptional learning environment for international students. The University strives to provide the resources and support necessary for international students to succeed; therefore, it is no surprise that 1,100 foreign students are enrolled.


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