Awards and Rankings

Saint Mary's College is proud to be consistently honored with awards and listed in ranking publications. Our most recent mentions:

College Consensus, a college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, rated Saint Mary's College with the 25 Best Online Executive MBA Programs 2019

Saint Mary's College Executive MBA is ranked in the top 20 for the best EMBA program by College Consensus. Saint Mary's EMBA program was ranked best for its hybrid format, convenience, affordability, and reputation. Other notable EMBA programs in the top 20 include Duke and Purdue.



US World NewsSaint Mary's College has placed in the top 100 in the U.S. (#82) for Best Online MBA Programs in US News & World Report, moving up 34 spots from last year, as well as placing again in the top 50 in the U.S. (#26) for Best Online Graduate Business programs (Non-MBA). Of notable mention is our placement at (#45) for Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.

college factualSaint Mary's College of California's accounting program has been ranked #5 out of 17 colleges in California, making us a great destination school for students who want to major in accounting. Saint Mary's College of California has achieved this ranking two years in a row.


WSJ THESaint Mary’s College of California has ranked once again among the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2019 College Rankings guide.


PR Saint Mary's is among the most
 outstanding higher-ed institutions in the country, according to the Princeton Review's annual The Best 382 Colleges: 2019 Edition.

  •    A 2019 Best College Nationally
  •    A 2019 Best Regional College

online mba todaySaint Mary’s Hybrid EMBA program ranked among the top 25 online EMBA programs in Online MBA Today.



College ChoiceSaint Mary's College School ranks #2 for Best Online MBA Programs in California on College Choice.



US World NewsSEBA Hybrid Graduate Business Programs (non-MBA) is ranked among the top 30 in the nation and among the top 5 in California, per 2018 U.S. News and World Report.

PayScale LogoPayScale ranked SMC’s business majors #22 in the nation for return on investment for 2017. Business accounts for up to one-third of all bachelor's degrees granted in the United States, according to PayScale, and business majors learn a versatile set of skills, making them some of the best-paid alumni in the report. But it's crucial, says PayScale, to choose a college with a proven track record for giving business majors a high return on their investment. 

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SEBA's non-MBA business programs rank #49 in the country.

Online MBA Report #19 Nationally among Private Colleges (Top 10% of schools considered)
 #7 on the West Coast (Top 25% of schools considered)
 #8 Nationally among Faith-based Colleges
 #5 Nationally among Catholic Colleges


CEO MBA Program and EMBA Program named to CEO Magazine’s Tier One ranking. Online EMBA Program ranked #16 in the world.


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Non-MBA Hybrid programs (M.S. in Accounting, M.S. FAIM) ranked #37 in the nation. Online EMBA Program ranked among the top schools in the nation and #2 in California.


Social Finance, Inc. LogoSoFi (Social Finance, Inc.) named Saint Mary's College the second-best school in the nation for “Return on Education” for its MBA programs—ahead of all other California universities. SoFi’s rankings analyzed 240,000 student loan refinancing applications to determine which schools delivered the best salary-to-debt ratio.


Diverse Issues in Higher EducationDiverse: Issues In Higher Education has ranked Saint Mary's College of California among the 2015 Top 100 Minority Degree Producers, within the Top 10 to Top 50, for graduating minorities with bachelor's and master's degrees in various business disciplines including:

  • Ranked among the Top 10 for graduating Hispanics with Master's degrees in Finance and Financial Management Services for 2015.
  • Ranked among the Top 15 for graduating Hispanics with Bachelor's degrees in Business/Commerce, General for 2015.
  • Ranked among the Top 40 for graduating “Total Minorities” with Bachelor's degrees in Business/Commerce, General for 2015.
  • Ranked among the Top 50 for graduating “Total Minorities”  with Master's degrees in Finance and Financial Management Services for 2015.

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In 2014, the San Francisco Business Times listed the Saint Mary's Executive MBA Program as the largest of any school in the Bay Area.


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In 2014, PayScale ranked Saint Mary's College's undergraduate business program as #7 on its list of college business programs with the best return on investment (ROI) for private or in-state public institutions.

Also according to PayScale, Saint Mary's is listed No. 45 out of 1,330 colleges surveyed for its 2014 College Education ROI Report.


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Hanover Research has profiled Saint Mary's College's Trans-Global Executive MBA program as one of the Top Thirteen (13) International Executive MBA Programs in the United States in 2011.


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Saint Mary's College of California's Executive MBA Program's hybrid format is ranked among the Top 25 Online MBA Programs of 2012 by Online MBA.


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Five School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) alumni received the prestigious Saint Mary's College Alumni Awards in 2012: Alumnus of the Year - C. Joseph Crane (1953); Signum Fidei Award - Rev. Caesar Caviglia (1950); Meritorious Service Award - Cindy Cooper (1996); Gael of the Last Decade Award - Derek Smead (2002); Athletic Hall of Fame - John Arnaudon (1981).


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Saint Mary’s College of California has received a prestigious national honor with a place on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The President's Honor Roll specifically recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Click here to see the full list of recipients.


Washington Monthly LogoSaint Mary's College ranked 70th out of 553 master's universities in 2011 by Washington Monthly Guide based on a college's contributions to society.


Business Review LogoSan Francisco Business Times names Saint Mary's College as a top 10 largest MBA program in the San Francisco Bay Area for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.


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In 2011, for the second year in a row, Saint Mary’s College was named among the most environmental responsible colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada by “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges.” Click here to learn more.


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American Marketing Association (AMA) National Headquarters awarded Saint Mary's College AMA Chapter the "Outstanding Communications" award in 2011, and Honorable Mention in 2011's Outstanding Marketing Week Activities.


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Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) professors Roy Allen and Don Snyder received the prestigious “Outstanding Paper Award” from the Emerald Literati Network for a cutting-edge analysis of the global financial crisis. Their paper "New Thinking on the Financial Crisis," published in Critical Perspectives on International Business in 2009. The network said it "was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2009."


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American Marketing Association (AMA) National Headquarters gave the Saint Mary’s College AMA Chapter the “Outstanding Professional Development” award for the year (2010).


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Three School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) alumni received the prestigious Saint Mary's College Alumni Awards in 2011: Alumna of the Year - Rena Fischer (1999); Gael of the Last Decade - Greg Teshara (2002); Gael of the Last Decade - Joe Buenavista (MBA 2004).


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In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Saint Mary's College 5th nationwide in "raising your earnings potential."


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Saint Mary's College was a Presidential Award finalist on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Saint Mary's was recognized for its Lasallian mission, which encompasses social justice and service to the poor, the College's commitment to community engagement learning goals within its core curriculum and two ongoing civic engagement initiatives.


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America's Best Colleges 2010: Saint Mary's College ranked 85th out of 600 universities in Forbes Magazine.


For information about other marks of distinction received by Saint Mary's College of California, click here.

*Contact us if you have information on other students or alumni who have recently been recognized with honors or awards.