The AACSB-accredited Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno fosters diversity, exploration, adaptability, innovation, global perspective, engagement, inspiration, and excellence while “empowering future business leaders.” The SoB began in 1928 and then in 1992, the alumnus Sid Craig generously donated $10 million to create the Craig School of Business. He is a highly successful entrepreneur and with his wife, Jenny, founded and runs the multimillion-dollar company: Jenny Craig International. The nationally recognized, highly qualified faculty members help provide high quality, affordable and esteemed business education to promote the success of every student.
Undergraduate students can receive a Bachelors in Business Administration, Economics, or Fashion Merchandising. The BBA can be completed traditionally or in the 17-month accelerated program. The BBA has specializations in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Real Estate/Urban Land Economics, Computer Information Systems, Management, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sports Marketing, and Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Graduate students can receive a Masters in Business Administration, an Executive MBA, or an Ag EMBA for those whose career has a connection with agriculture.
The SoB also offers Leadership Training in the Aerospace Studies Air Force ROTC Program and the Military Science and Leadership Army ROTC Program. The Craig International Office provides students with an international perspective through interaction with international students on campus, globally insightful curriculum, and opportunities to study abroad. Business students can partake in Summer Study Abroad trips to places like Italy, Spain, and Australia, or exchange program trips to Europe, South America, and Asia. The International Buddy Program connects a local and international student to spend time together, attend events, and help with the transition to the United States. Many scholarships exist for business students, especially the Craig Business Scholars program which provides financial aid and the advantageous opportunity to be a Craig School of Business Ambassador.
The variety of student organizations for business students to engage in include the African-American Business Students Association, Alpha Kappa Psi, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Delta Sigma Pi, Hispanic Business Student Association, International Business Association, American Marketing Association, Financial Management Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. The Business Advising Center exists, for business students only, to assist with choosing a major, which courses to take, how to get into certain classes, etc.
Experiential learning opportunities exist throughout the School of Business and the University. Finance students can participate in managing real money, over $3 million, for the school that has been invested in the Student Investment Fund. The Craig School Internship Program connects students with businesses to intern and receive school credit while earning significant on-the-job experience. Other resources providing hands-on learning in tackling real-world issues are the four Business Centers. These include the University Business Center, Gazarian Real Estate Center, the Institute for Family Business, and the Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
The MBA is offered fully online or in a blended format that combines online work with flexible on-campus attendance.