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Portland State University’s The School of Business

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: March 16, 2020.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $25,086

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $29,175

Acceptance Rate: 79%

Full-Time Enrollment: 22

Average GPA: 3.33

Median GMAT: 530

Median GRE: 306

International: 32%

Minority: 21%

Female: 64%

Male: 36%

Application Deadlines: Round 1: November 15th - Round 2 + Scholarship Deadline: February 1st - Round 3: May 1 - After May 1: Rolling admissions on space-available basis.

The principles of The School of Business at Portland State University are built upon diversity and sustainability. The School of Business’ urban Portland location has aided in the development of a diverse campus community that represents a variety of different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Portland State has had gender parity almost every year. This year’s incoming full-time class was 60% female, while their Master of Science in Finance was 50-50 parity of women. They’ve also focused on differentiating programs and support services for students from diverse backgrounds.

According to the Director of Graduate Business Admissions Rachel Foxhoven, sustainability is integrated into the school of business’ culture and curriculum.

“Those values and ethos go deep into who we are, especially being here in Portland, Oregon, a leader in sustainability, and thinking through not just green sustainability and environmental sustainability but social sustainability,” Foxhoven says. “And the school of business really reflects that as well.”

Coursework in The School of Business’ 21-month full-time MBA program centers around three main areas: foundations of competitiveness, the value chain of business, and applied skills and leadership. Throughout these areas, students will acquire knowledge of competitive business challenges, the technical skills involved in vital business operations, and leadership skills and perspectives. For those looking to enhance their business skills, optional certificates are available.

Full-time MBA students can expect to develop deep industry connections within the Portland business scene. These clusters of businesses are largely involved in the athletic and outdoor industry and entrepreneurship growth, especially within tech.

“We’re very focused, in our full-time program, on employment outcomes for our graduates, and most of our graduates come to Portland, and come to a program here because they want to remain in Portland as a city,” Foxhoven stated.

Eighty percent of the school’s graduates end up landing full-time positions in Portland and choose to stay in the region.

Overall, The School of Business is looking for students who know where they want to take their careers and are interested in using business as a positive force while thinking through the triple bottom line.

“So, whether (students are) exploring and figuring out what their next step is and, or really changing careers we’re focusing on giving them the opportunities and the support services that are geared towards what they’re wanting to get out of their employment outcomes at the end of the program,” Foxhoven said.


Contact Information

Location:
615 SW Harrison Street
Suite 210
Portland, OR 97201
Admissions Office:
503-725-8001
School Social Media:

From the School
Portland State University’s School of Business carries sustainability and social innovation in its DNA. Across the entire curriculum, students learn to consider the impact of business decisions and practices far beyond their own desks.

The school’s flagship MBA program – titled The Portland MBA – offers stackable credentials in addition to a rigorous core business curriculum. Available certificates include Business Intelligence and Analytics, Global Supply Chain Management, Athletic and Outdoor Industry, and Real Estate, and Social Innovation. Students also have the option to pursue a specialization in Finance.

In the core curriculum students delve into the foundations of competitiveness, understand the value chain of business, and develop technical skills and leadership capacities through challenging immersions and a hands-on consulting project.

The Portland MBA can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis within 21 months, with the full-time option including the student’s choice of a stackable credential or specialization. Part-time students can choose to complete the core curriculum only.

Place Matters: Located on the Pulse of Business

Rooted at the hub of business in downtown Portland, the School of Business is part of an urban research university, which fosters opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and community connections. The business school itself is currently renovating and expanding its building, which is designed to provide space for collaborative learning in line with today’s workplace environments. Targeting LEED Platinum certification, the new Karl Miller Center will triple square footage while cutting its carbon footprint in half.

 

Diverse Future Business Leaders

Portland State University is Oregon’s most diverse public university and The Portland MBA has been attracting a large percentage of female students compared to the national average: The current full-time MBA cohort is 58% female, significantly higher than the national benchmark of approximately 40%. Besides the Pacific Northwest’s progressive cultural climate and the values-based curriculum, the strong presence of women among faculty and leadership may be a factor in this trend.

Shifting the view toward other dimensions of diversity, the incoming class of ‘18 includes 42% international students in the full-time cohort.  45% of...

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