William Jessup University is rated #2 for Regional Colleges West in U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 edition. The School of Business’ mission is to educate the next generation of Christian business leaders and entrepreneurs. The small campus of just 1,200 students allows professors to help each student reach their personal goals. All courses are taught from a faith-based perspective and include numerous experiential learning opportunities. Jessup’s motto, “Transforming Tomorrow Today,” means business students contribute to meaningful projects today, not just when they graduate. Students can earn their degree from the Rocklin or San Jose campus or fully online.
Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business. This program focuses on management and leadership and is designed to prepare students to become leaders in the business industry or in a ministry setting. Students can select a concentration in Accounting, Cybersecurity Management, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Project Marketing. The program also allows students to choose one additional elective, such as Introduction to Cybersecurity, Governance of Enterprise IT Environments, Social Entrepreneurship, New Venture Finance, Human Resource Management, and Marketing the Nonprofit. The SoB is also a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, which gives students opportunities to gain real-world experience.
Graduate students can advance their career by earning a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Business Administration, or a one-year MBA program. The 30-credit hour MAcc meets on the weekend and can be completed in one year for students with an undergrad Accounting degree, or within 18 months for all other students. This degree meets the state requirements to sit for the CPA exam, and students are taught by licensed CPAs to ensure they are well-prepared. The curriculum is the exact same for both MBA programs. The only difference is the regular MBA program only meets one evening per week, and the one-year MBA program meets two evenings per week. All classes are offered in seven-week sessions.
The Business Club is very active on campus and greatly contributes to students’ overall experience. In Fall 2019, a team of MBA students finished the CAPSIM business stimulation in the top 1% out of more than 1,500 teams. Students can rub elbows with some of today’s biggest names in the business at the Entrepreneur Panel and mingle with classmates at social events. The proximity to large businesses also provides students with internships at Hewlett Packard Intel, Kaiser Permanente Sutter Health, and United Natural Foods. The Office of Career and Life Planning hosts an annual spring career and internship expo and helps students prepare by offering resume/cover letter assistance and workshops covering interview techniques.
Jessup’s SoB understands business students tend to be busy individuals, so you get to determine when you study and complete assignments through the online programs. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, or Management, and graduate students can earn their Master of Business Administration. The 38-credit online MBA features a one-year experiential learning entrepreneurship project, guided by community professionals.