Portland MBA Offerings 

Coming Soon to Portland

  • Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Who is the Portland MBA for?

Here’s the truth. As a prospective MBA student, you have a lot of options. And, if you’re like our current students, we know you haven’t gotten this far or considered a graduate program without first demonstrating that you know the value of hard work. Our students are the kind who underpromise and overdeliver – who get satisfaction from solving problems.

Our Portland MBA students are people looking for flexibility with their degree because they are putting in the hours to move the needle at work at the same time. As working professionals, they want to finish as quickly as they can in a rigorous program that they (and employers) can be proud of. That’s exactly who we built the hybrid program for.

Note: International students are not eligible for this program. For more information, please speak with International Student Advising and Services at isas.advisor@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6310.

What does hybrid mean?

The Portland MBA programs are delivered in a hybrid format. That means you complete 80 percent of your coursework online at a time and place of your choosing. This may include watching recorded lectures, working on group projects and/or reading case studies and other materials.

In addition to the online work, you meet in person with classmates and faculty for six hours per course each term. The in-person classes are maximized to your advantage; we don’t believe in wasting time, so don’t expect these to be lectures. (You can view lectures online.) In-person classes are all about making sure you’re forging connections with your peers, meeting the right people (including alumni and other experts), engaging in discussions on advanced concepts, and presenting project work for review and feedback.

In-person classes are held at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the South Waterfront. Classes are typically held on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Our program is part-time and designed to be completed in 30 months. Students who qualify for the accelerated program can finish in 21 months. We have 10 three-month quarters for the 60-credit program and seven three-month quarters for the accelerated program. Contact us to learn more.

Who teaches the Portland MBA courses?

We’re an AACSB-accredited college, and our courses are taught by Oregon State faculty members who are experts in their fields and have business experience.

(AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.)

Where do graduates of the Oregon State MBA program go?

Successful graduates have earned notable job placements and/or promotions in their current companies at places like Amazon, Deloitte, Edward Jones, Hewlett-Packard, Georgia Pacific, Hitachi Consulting, Nike, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, among others.

Why an Oregon State MBA?

Though our program provides the foundation students need to succeed and a community willing to support them along the way, we focus our work around one simple promise. We work hard, too.

We work to create curriculum that matters to your career and to your employer. We work to provide high-quality courses led by faculty members who know where industry trends are headed, to enable you to learn from experts and peers. We work to make the program flexible so you can balance life, work and self-improvement. We work to connect our students to other hard-working Oregon State alumni who are creating change in their industries.

We are a business school community that comes to work every day committed to empowering students like you to turn their efforts into exciting results.

What's the difference between an MBA and a graduate certificate?

Oregon State MBA programs are at least 45 credit hours and include both core and track-specific coursework. In most cases, a valid GMAT or GRE score is required for admission. Graduate certificates focus on a specific discipline and do not require the completion of MBA core courses. While an undergraduate degree is required to enroll in a graduate certificate program, a GMAT or GRE is not necessary. Students who enroll in a graduate certificate program typically complete about half of the courses required to earn an MBA and are eligible to transfer into the MBA program if they meet our minimum GMAT or GRE standards.

You have a graduate certificate that's “Coming Soon.” What does “Coming Soon” mean?

We know that our employers and our prospective students are interested in coursework in financial planning, so we are working to make these options available in Portland. Email us to let us know your interest, and we’ll contact you as soon as this option is ready to go.


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