Graduate Schools on the Beach

If you're a dedicated student and love all things summer and surf, there are several great graduate programs that happen to be situated near some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

Who says you can’t get a graduate degree while catching some rays? If you’re a dedicated student and love all things summer and surf, there are several great programs that happen to be situated near some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Before you finish up those applications, take a minute to consider whether these schools should be on your list!

University of California—Los Angeles

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is located in Westwood, just a short drive from Malibu with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This school is just north of Santa Monica and the famous Santa Monica pier. Besides its world-famous M.B.A. program, it also boasts impressive graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. Learn how to surf while earning your degree in sunny California!

Australia Graduate School of Management

Ready to take your surfing skills to an entirely new level but still eyeing an M.B.A.? Located in Sydney, Australia, the Australian Graduate School of Management is #1 in Australia and has received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. You can earn a degree in a foreign country without having to learn a new language and avoiding “culture shock.” Australians have a great reputation for friendliness and hospitality!

University of Miami

Not quite ready to leave the United States? Miami is a beach lover's paradise, and the University of Miami’s M.B.A. program faculty is rated by The Financial Times as among the top 35 business school faculties in the country and among the top 40 faculties in the world. There are also impressive graduate programs in the fields of education, physiology, and psychological studies.

University of Southern California

Although not quite as close to the beach as UCLA, USC’s programs boast impressive reputations, and many students apply to both USC and UCLA, especially if they are looking into a West Coast post-graduate career. Twenty minutes from Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey, and less than two hours from San Diego, there’s plenty nearby to whet the beach-lover's appetite!  

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About Vivian Kerr

Vivian Kerr

Vivian Kerr has been teaching and tutoring in the Los Angeles area since 2005. She graduated from the University of Southern California, studied abroad in London, and has worked for several test-prep companies including Kaplan for whom she taught ACT, SAT, ISEE, GRE, GMAT, and did admissions counseling. She is a contributing blogger at Beat the GMAT, and currently blogs, tutors, and writes content for the online test prep company Grockit, which focuses on making standardized test preparation affordable and accessible for students around the world. She loves to see her former students succeed in grad school!

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