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Dean's Welcome

 I want to personally welcome you to the School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB).  We are located in the heart of one of the top Energy producing and Agriculture regions in the nation, rich in opportunity for personal and professional advancement.

One fortunate result of this location is our connection to a thriving local economy and highly successful business leaders who partner with our School and University.  One key indicator of this connection is a demonstrated history of these local, regional, and national organizations hiring our graduates.

Our outstanding faculty and staff have chosen to work in Bakersfield at CSUB BPA to pursue their life-long passion of helping hard-working students achieve their dreams and develop into the future business and political leaders of Kern County, the Antelope Valley, and beyond.  Our accomplished and engaged faculty members have academic backgrounds from some of the finest institutions in the country.  Even more impressive is their collective years of extensive practical business experience - which greatly enhances the student experience.

CSUB BPA has excellent programs designed to inspire, educate, and develop our students. Undergraduates can select from six-degree options and from a variety of concentrations within the B.S. Business Administration degree, the Economics degree, and the Public Policy and Administration degree.  For graduate students, BPA offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science - Health Care Administration (MS-HCA), and a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

In recognition of the School's commitment to quality, the B.S. in Business Administration and MBA degree programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, which places CSUB BPA in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).  BPA offers the ONLY AACSB or NASPAA accredited programs in Southern San Joaquin and Antelope Valleys.

Even as our region, the state of California, our nation, and the world recover from the effects of the pandemic. this is still an exciting time in the business world, and CSUB BPA is here to prepare you for challenges and opportunities that will come your way.  Please explore CSUB BPA’s website. We have something special here, and we look forward to you being a part of it! 

At BPA, you can “Stay Near,” but “Go Far”.


John B. Stark, PhD

Interim BPA Dean




Contact us

  • 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93311     Phone: (661) 654-2157     Fax: (661) 654-2207