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Beavers mean Business

Our Commitment to you

We have one job — and that’s to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing business world. That includes this one. Since 1908, we've been educating beavers for business. We’ve always embraced change — this time adapting to put student and community safety first.

We’ve consulted with our industry advisors to expand the degrees and specializations that we offer you and launched our award-winning business and design curriculum. We've been leading the space for years now in creating learning opportunities — fully online as well as flexible learning formats — that are supportive programs for transferring students, and welcoming to all our learners.

You’re not just earning a degree — you’re gaining the professional and leadership skills that will serve you, your business and your community throughout your life. We are leading together.

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We have 22 student clubs aligned with our majors, options and community interests to enhance the learning and leadership experiences of our business and design students.
Our college and our accounting program are accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation and only 1% separately accredit accounting.
77% of College of Business students have an internship while still studying at OSU (for the class of 2019), and, thus boost their employment prospects at graduation.


Choosing your major program of study is an exciting process, and, indeed, a major decision. The 100- and 200-level courses focus on the fundamentals of business, critical thinking and technical skills and other core requirements. As you complete these courses, you have time and flexibility to zero in on a major.

Focusing on the major curriculum, the 300- and 400-level courses immerse you into an area of expertise in business or design that most interests you.

We have 12 business and design majors to choose from as well as a full double degree track (for students outside of business who want to double major). 

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International business, digital marketing analytics, merchandising management, supply chain — those who follow business trends know that these are thriving careers both in Oregon and well beyond. And they are options of study for our College of Business students.

Options are areas of specialized study attached to certain of our major programs, for example, accounting, business administration and business analytics. We also have an international business option available to most majors at the college, and an elite, high-achieving Dean’s Academy option for honors level students.

We developed program options – in close partnership with our industry advisors — in order to elevate certain technical skills and subject knowledge that these future employers need. Industry has long turned to the College of Business to create such program options that lead to the skilled, career-ready graduates they want to hire.

Group of College of Business students at a graduation celebration
OSU students at graduation


Step into the College of Business for a business minor that elevates your skill set and prepares you for expanded career opportunities.

Alongside global businesses like Nike and Daimler, and major success stories like Reser Fine Foods, Oregon also is a place of small businesses – often operations with four or fewer employees or enterprising startups. That’s why we want every student – engineer, forester, artist, agriculturalist – to study business fundamentals.

We have several business minors to choose from, achievable in about seven to eight classes, that’ll help your ideas and career plans become real. Minors are extremely accessible to business students eager to enhance their skills, and business minors are excellent choices for OSU students from every discipline. Please get in touch with our advising team to discuss the potential to earn a business minor.

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Business programs

The College of Business’ business and accounting degree programs are accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for business degree programs.

The OSU College of Business, founded in 1908 and accredited in 1960, is one of 500 accredited schools in the United States and one of just 189 institutions globally to have achieved additional accreditation for our accounting program.

To achieve accreditation, a business school must meet a broad range of quality standards and be committed to continuous improvement relating to business curriculum, degree requirements, faculty credentials, research and scholarship and more.


Design programs

Our design degree programs — apparel design, interior design, merchandising management, and design and innovation management — and our hospitality management degree program do not fall under the AACSB accreditation process due to their interdisciplinary curriculum outside a business degree.