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MBA program rated among best for women in the U.S.

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by Raquel Herriott

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Professional Woman’s Magazine featured San Diego State as one of the top universities and listed the College of Business Administration as a top M.B.A. program for women this month.

The magazine creates the list after evaluating hundreds of the top U.S. companies and Universities and is measured by the accessibility for female, Hispanic and Latino, African-American and veteran population.

Both SDSU and the MBA program have been featured for the second consecutive time in the magazine’s “Best of the Best List.”

“I think it sends an important message to men in helping understand that we have created a safe and welcoming environment for women,” Chief Diversity Officer Aaron Bruce said.

The accomplishment showcases SDSU’s effort to promote a diverse learning institution. Bruce said the fact that SDSU was the first in the nation to offer a women’s studies major is an achievement within itself.

“Being a woman, this is important to me because it makes me feel like I chose the right college to attend,” psychology, sociology and women’s studies senior Jasmine Eaddy said.

According to SDSU’s analytical studies and institutional research, a higher percentage of women than men were admitted as undergraduates last fall. Admitted graduates had the steepest difference in gender, where 59 percent were female and 41 percent were male.

“SDSU and the College of Business Administration are among only six colleges and universities to be named to Professional Women’s Magazine’s Best of the Best Lists for two straight years, putting us in the same category as Cornell, Harvard, UCLA, University of Chicago and Yale” Interim Dean of SDSU’s College of Business Administration Gangaram Singh told SDSU NewsCenter.

According to the magazine, the study was designed to “assist corporate and government leaders in evaluating their ranking by comparing and contrasting to their peers the success achieved within their industries and their measurement in diversity.”

“SDSU is a school that is known for affordability, diversity and academic rigor, thus making the choice obvious,” criminal justice freshman Lea Bilange said.

Director of Graduate Programs and finance professor Nikhil Varaiya said the graduate program has a successful format, bright focus and great value for the educational dollar, which are all beneficial factors.

“The school breeds excellence and opportunity, which is significant to me because as a female it allows me to feel like gender biases aren’t at play in my education and that I can be proud of what I’ve achieved,” Bilange said.

The Professional Woman’s Magazine is devoted to promoting culturally diverse women and their advancement in all aspects of business and employment to ensure equal opportunity.

Photo by Monica Linzmeier, Photo Editor

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