MBA - Master of Business Administration

Portland State University School of Business Administration

Program Description

MBA - Master of Business Administration

Portland State University School of Business Administration

MBA - Master of Business Administration

Leadership, Innovation and Sustainability  

The Masters of Business Administration program truly lives up to its reputation. This degree provides a wealth of advantages, from the flexibility to tailor a specialized degree to the school's outstanding connections with the area business community. Above all else, this program seeks to produce future business leaders with innovative spirit and a commitment to social, economic, and environmental stewardship.

Our program is built on three key ideas that reflect the values of the Portland community: Leadership, Innovation, and Sustainability.    

The MBA Program

  • The MBA program at PSU is ranked in the top 22% of all AACSB International accredited full-time MBA programs (US News & World Report).  
  • The MBA program is ranked 25th in the world for its emphasis on social and environmental stewardship within the MBA program (Beyond Gray Pinstripes 2009–2010).    

Full Time MBA

  •     The Portland State MBA program ranked #1 in the world among small schools for preparing our MBAs for social and environmental stewardship, according to the Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top 100 MBA Programs Report.
  •     The full time MBA cohort is limited to a maximum of 50 students. This enables students to build strong friendships and work closely with like-minded colleagues as they complete their coursework, participate in classroom discussion, network and engage in group projects.
  •     The full time MBA degree can be completed in 21 months. By following this schedule, classes will not conflict in day or time and all prerequisites will be met.
  •     Full time MBA students can tailor their degree by taking MBA electives to develop a concentration in finance, entrepreneurship, international business, sustainability, or marketing and logistics management.
  •     All students will participate in an international experience -- current trips include: Asia, France, Germany, India, the Middle East, Nicaragua or a regional option near Portland, Oregon.
  •     Full time MBA students gain valuable, hands-on business experience through their Capstone Consulting Project. This provides a great opportunity for students to get an inside perspective on a company of interest and gain relevant job skills.
  •     Students currently enrolled in the full time MBA are professionals with an average of 6.75 years professional experience working for large, small and entrepreneurial companies in the U.S. and abroad. Female students comprise 40% of overall current enrollment — significantly higher than the national average — and more than 30% of current students are international students from homelands in Asia, Europe and Africa.
  •     Full time MBA tuition and fees are based on the number of credit hours that each MBA student is enrolled in; students are billed quarterly.
  •     Whether beginning a new profession, transitioning to a new industry or growing with a current employer's workplace, MBA students have access to a full array of career management resources and alumni networking opportunities to help them prepare for long-term success.  


Online MBA


  •     Online MBA students benefit from Portland State's extensive distance-learning expertise — the Portland State online MBA was established in 2001 and continues to utilize innovative technology for increased classroom support.
  •     The online MBA degree can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. By following this schedule, classes will not conflict in day or time and all prerequisites will be met.
  •     All students will participate in an international experience -- current trips include: Asia, France, Germany, India, the Middle East, Nicaragua or a regional option near Portland, Oregon.
  •     Online MBA students gain valuable, hands-on business experience through their Capstone Consulting Project. This provides a great opportunity for students to get an inside perspective on a company of interest and gain relevant job skills.
  •     Students currently enrolled in the online MBA are professionals with an average of 13 years experience working for large, small and entrepreneurial companies in the U.S. and abroad. Students, ranging in age from 24-49, hail from across the region, including cities in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho.
  •     Online MBA tuition and fees are based on the number of credit hours that each MBA student is enrolled in; students are billed quarterly.
  •     Whether beginning a new profession, transitioning to a new industry or growing with a current employer's workplace, Online MBA students have access to a full array of career management resources and alumni networking opportunities to help them prepare for long-term success.  

Application Statistics

The Portland State's MBA program boasts some of the most talented and accomplished students in the region:  

  • Average GMAT score for full-time MBA students is 617, for part-time it is 612.  
  • Mean years of work experience for online MBA students is 6.4, for part-time it is 8.8.
  • Mean undergraduate GPA for online MBA students is 3.4, for part-time it is 3.3.    

The School of Business at Portland State University

  • Portland State is ranked among “the best business schools nationally” by the Princeton Review, which also notes we are “extremely well-connected to the Portland business community.”  
  • One of only 167 business programs worldwide accredited by AACSB International in both general business and accounting.  

Concentrations are available in the following areas:  

  • Finance Option
  • Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Concentration International Business Concentration
  • SBA Sustainable Enterprises Concentration
  • PSU Sustainability Certificate
  • Real Estate Development Certificate
  • Food Marketing & Logistics Concentration (FMLC)

It is not necessary for students to select an area of concentration. Electives may be taken any time during the program. Students may also choose to concentrate their electives in related fields, such as Engineering Management, Health Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply & Logistics, Natural Resources Policy and Administration, Non-Profit Management, and Systems Science, among others.    

MBA Career opportunities  

Thanks to our location in downtown Portland and our deep connections to the business professionals and alumni who work in the area, Portland State graduate business students have far greater opportunities to network and prepare for their future career paths.  

Examples include:  

Internships : Many students pursue internship opportunities on a part-time basis. Internships offer students experience in applying the skills they learn in the classroom to real-world business issues. Several opportunities are posted each term.  

Executive Briefings: A class required of all MBA students in which industry professionals lead panel discussions on a range of topical business issues.  

Alumni Networking Events: These events connect students to some of the more than 2,000 SBA alumni in the Portland metropolitan area.  

Mentor Program: MBA students are paired with executives in their chosen fields for informal conversations about career options and planning.  

Guest Speakers and Lecturers: Industry professionals often teach classes, bringing the “real world” into the classroom.

Recent instructors drawn from industry include:

  • David Layzell, Director of Business Practice Excellence, Intel Corporation
  • Brian McCarthy, formerly of Microsoft
  • Candace Petersen, InFocus
  • Dave Garten, formerly of Intel Corporation
  • Mike McBreen, Director of Global Apparel Operations, Nike  

Business Advisory Council: This is a group of 40 industry professionals who meet with faculty, deans and students quarterly to guide the school to best serve the economic needs of the region.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
2 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
7,024 USD
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Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
USA Portland, Oregon
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 2 - 3 years
Price 7,024 USD
per quarter; $8,008 for Non-Resident