Master of Science in Business

Focus on a specific business discipline and gain the tools to be an expert in the field.

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Welcome to the Science of Business  

Specialized tracks

Accelerate your career with our four focused tracks that allow you to dive deeply into subject areas that matter to your career and your employer.


Take classes fully online or on-campus in Corvallis.

  • Part-time: 21+ months
  • Full-time: 9+ months


Our option in finance trains you to understand how individuals, businesses and public entities access financial markets. You’ll learn to evaluate resources and make investment decisions and to evaluate the tradeoff between risk and reward using appropriate quantitative methods. You’ll provide defensible financial recommendations by applying financial tools and analytical methods.

The finance option gives you a strong quantitative and analytical focus as you study access to and use of money and capital. Your capstone project will focus on mergers and acquisitions, international finance or ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Financial Analytics

Financial analytics is an emerging field that focuses on advanced quantitative techniques to provide critical insights into valuation, portfolio optimization, and risk management. Our master’s of science option integrates foundational work in finance and accounting and business analytics to meet the demand for advanced financial decision-making.

You’ll learn to apply core concepts and tools in the finance discipline that address current business challenges and to evaluate the tradeoff between risk and reward using appropriate quantitative methods. Coursework topics include financial and cost analysis, corporate finance, data analytics for a competitive advantage and investments.

Marketing Insights and Analytics

Our concentration in marketing insights and analytics dives into the combination of marketing insight, which gives a theoretical understanding of what drives customer behaviors, and business analytics, which provides big data analytical techniques.

You’ll learn how to incorporate customer insights and innovative problem-solving to develop a marketing strategy. Courses examine three areas: core business knowledge, a deep understanding of marketing principles, and the analytical tools to conduct and translate data analysis to value-enhancing actions. You’ll master these techniques by completing a capstone project that addresses a real-world business challenge.

Supply Chain Analytics

Our concentration in supply chain analytics is the intersection of two areas in which organizations need trained and experienced leaders: supply chain and logistics management and business analytics.

In today’s complex supply chain systems, businesses need real-time information and leaders who possess strategic decision-making abilities. You learn how to use data management and data analytics to explore the characteristics of supply chains and identify value-enhancing efficiencies.

MSB Details

The MSB requires 45 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum includes:

  • Business Core: 15 credits (five courses) of general business foundational knowledge.
  • 30 credits specific to your concentration.
Business Core
Course Number Course Name
BA 513 Business Legal Environment
BA 514 Operations Management
BA 515 Managerial Decision Tools
BA 516 Creating Value in Exchange
BA 517 Markets and Valuation

Concentration specific courses

Note: These links will take you to the Oregon State University online Academic Catalog

Finance courses >

Financial analytics courses >

Marketing insights and analytics courses >

Supply chain analytics courses >

Application to the Master of Science in Business requires the following:

  1. Application Form
    • The Master of Science in Business program uses the Oregon University Graduate School’s online application form. The application form requires completion of several short-answer questions detailing your motivation for admission and goals upon completion of the program.
    • Application requires a fee of $75 for domestic students and $85 for international students payable by credit card.
  2. Transcript(s)
    • Please provide academic records from each institution attended, showing graded course work for all academic work attempted or completed.
    • For institutions outside the United States, both an original-language version and a certified English translation of all academic records and degree statements are required. Please include certificates/diplomas for all degrees earned.
    • Unofficial transcripts may be scanned and uploaded to your online application. An unofficial transcript is a copy of the front and back of an official transcript. Grade slips and/or web-generated transcripts are not accepted. Applications will be reviewed with unofficial transcripts; however, admitted students will be required to submit official documents at the time of admission.
    • If you are admitted while finishing your undergraduate degree, please submit your most up-to-date transcript at the time of your application. You will be required to submit an official final transcript showing degrees awarded and dates earned before you will be permitted to register for your first term of study.
    • You may be able to submit your official transcripts electronically from the website of your academic institutions. Please select “Oregon State University – Graduate Admissions” as the recipient.
    • Official transcripts may also be mailed to:
      Graduate School
      Oregon State University
      Heckart Lodge
      2900 SW Jefferson Ave.
      Corvallis, OR 97331 USA
    • Minimum Academic Requirements: Admission adheres to the university’s minimum academic requirements for graduate study. These requirements pertain to previous degrees earned and prior academic performance. Generally, the admissions committee is looking at least for completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university or a recognized international college or university with a cumulative GPA at or above 3.0/4.0. Please review the graduate admissions minimum academic requirements page for more detailed information and contact us if you have any questions about your background in relation to these requirements.
  3. Resume
    • Your résumé should be detailed and current. You may wish to include full-time positions as well as part-time jobs, relevant internships, volunteer service and professional associations/affiliations. Please upload your resume in the “Document Upload” section of the online application
  4. References
    • The MSB application requires two professional or academic references. If you have completed your undergraduate studies within the last two years of applying to the MSB program, at least one of your references should be academic. Otherwise, professional references are required.
    • References can be managed through the online application’s reference system. By including the names and email addresses of your reference providers on your application form, your providers will automatically receive an email with an electronic reference form once you submit your application. Electronic references are typically added to your application file within one business day of receipt.
    • Reference providers who prefer to write letters may email their references directly to or send them as hard copy through the mail in sealed envelopes with the reference provider’s signature written across the envelope flap (refer to mailing address in the transcripts section above). Reference letters received via email should be sent by the reference provider and emailed as attachments on professional letterhead.
    • NOTE: We will not accept letters uploaded by applicants to the document-upload section of the online application form, emailed by applicants, or submitted as hard copy by applicants unless still in a sealed envelope with the reference provider’s signature across the envelope flap.
  5. TOEFL/IELTS Test Score (international applicants)
    • All international applicants who did not receive a degree in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria or the United Kingdom are required to submit scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS.
    • Scores must not be more than two years old and must be from one exam date. The most recent test date is the score considered with your application.
    • Score reports should be sent electronically by the testing agency using OSU’s ETS institution code: 4586.
    • Minimum score requirements:
      1. TOEFL iBT: 91 total score with a subscore of at least 22 on each section
      2. TOEFL PBT: 575 and a separate interview to assess speaking will be required
      3. IELTS: 7
    • The OSU MSB program does not offer conditional admission. If you are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, then you must meet the minimum requirements to be admitted.
    • The GMAT or GRE is not required for admission to the Master of Science in Business.

Admission Deadlines

Deadlines for each term are listed in the table below. A complete application, including all supporting materials, needs to be received by the deadline for the term in which you are applying.

Term Deadline Date
Fall (Scholarship Priority) February 1
Fall (Regular) Extended to June 30 for Fall 2020
Fall (Final Deadline) August 20
Winter December 1
Spring March 1
Summer May 1

Graduate school is an investment in your future. When making any important financial decision, we urge you to weigh your cost against the expected return on investment. The Oregon State MSB is one of the most reasonably priced programs in the Northwest. Please use the following information when making the decision to pursue an MSB at Oregon State.

Total Program Tuition
Portland/Bend/Online:      $38,835
Corvallis campus for:
Oregon Resident               $35,730
Non-resident                     $61,965

Financial Assistance

  • Provost's and Dean's Scholarships
    • Students applying to the MSB program are automatically considered for Provost's and Dean’s scholarships at the time of admission. Applicants must exhibit exceptionally strong qualifications (see our selection criteria for more information) and may be asked supplementary questions or participate in an interview. Neither PharmD/MBA students nor Oregon Public University employees participating in the Tuition Reduction Program are eligible for participation in the Provost's or Dean's scholarships
  • Beaver for Life Scholarships (OSU . Alumni)
    • At Oregon State’s College of Business, being a Beaver has its perks. As an OSU alumni, you are eligible to receive a scholarship toward tuition. No additional application is required to be considered for the Beaver for Life scholarship. Oregon Public University employees participating in the Tuition Reduction Program are not eligible for participation in the Beaver for Life scholarship program.
  • Financial Aid
    • Additional information on financial aid and scholarships available outside the College of Business can be found through the Graduate School website.
    • *Note: The College of Business does not currently offer any graduate teaching or research assistantships. 

    STEM designation:

    The Master of Science in Business at Oregon State University has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) code designation. As a STEM-designated degree recipient, international students who graduate with the MSB are eligible to extend their F-1 visa status from 12 months to 36 months in the optional practical training (OPT) program. The STEM designation offers important benefits for recruiting and post-graduation employment. In particular, the STEM Designated Degree Program, which is housed within the Department of Homeland Security and based on definitions administered by the Department of Education, is intended to ensure an adequate supply of STEM workers for U.S. employers.

    STEM designations for business programs are unusual and denote strong technical and quantitative rigor within the curriculum. Our MSB is centered around analytical curriculum with focus areas in finance, marketing and supply chain. It is available in Corvallis and online through our OSU Ecampus partnership.

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