Yuriy mba alumni

Successful marketing led Yuriy Mikitchenko to pursue an Oregon State online/hybrid MBA, and the program is delivering exactly what the Portland resident was looking for.

“Oh man, it’s been great,” said Mikitchenko, sales manager of Microsoft Solutions at information technology firm Zones, Inc. and the business development and marketing manager for PDX Pick, Inc., an online entertainment publication he founded.

“When I graduated from OSU in 2011, I always knew I’d get my MBA eventually,” he said. “I jumped into it after I saw a billboard that said, ‘OSU MBA coming to Portland.’ I kept up on it, and in January 2013 enrollment started. Toward the end of the summer, I just decided to go ahead and apply.”

For Mikitchenko, the format of the program, which is for students on the executive leadership track, meshes fabulously with his other responsibilities.

“It’s mostly online, with some in-person meetings,” he explained. “I don’t need to be in class all weekend, or three hours after work every day or every other day.”

Mikitchenko meets with each of his professors for three hours, 6 to 9 p.m., two to three times per term; since the program is geared toward convenience for the Portland market, those meetings take place at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, a facility Oregon State shares with Portland State and Oregon Health & Science University.

“There’s a meeting every couple weeks if you’re taking two classes per term,” Mikitchenko said. “The only drawback is the same one you get with any program online – you’re removing some of the human element and that makes any learning situation different. A discussion in a classroom is not the same as one on a discussion board. But I’m an OSU Beaver, and this program was here and it makes it easier on my lifestyle. There was no way to say no to that.”

Mikitchenko will complete the executive leadership program in June 2015 and credits his recent promotion to obtaining an MBA. 

“I’m thinking more critically about business,” he said. “The MBA program puts you on a path so you’re not just data dumping, you’re taking note as to whether it’s information you need to be a successful executive leader.”

Mikitchenko has appreciated particularly the expertise of faculty Aimee Huff (marketing) and David Baldridge (management).

“Yuriy is very bright, engaged and creative,” Baldridge said. “These qualities serve him well as an executive leadership student and will take him far in the years ahead.”