The Oregon MBA at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business offers a distinctive approach on an MBA education. In the Oregon MBA program, students graduate with core business fundamentals and specialized skill sets in one of four academic tracks corresponding to the Lundquist College of Business’s four centers of excellence:
- Cameron Center for Finance and Securities Analysis
- Center for Sustainable Business Practices
- Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship
- Warsaw Sports Marketing Center
In the Oregon MBA, students choose one of these four areas of emphasis before they start their studies. The centers facilitate hands-on learning projects that allow students to gain first-hand knowledge and solve current, real-world business challenges, preparing them for success in their chosen careers. Through the centers of excellence, students maintain active engagement with their specific industry networks.
The Oregon MBA positions its experiential-learning model as providing a competitive advantage to its graduates. With industry-relevant experience infused into their education from day one, Oregon MBA strives to ensure its students are sought-after candidates for exciting, competitive positions around the world. From Bank of America to Intel and Yakima, students work directly with companies throughout their MBA education and go on to high-powered jobs at Columbia Sportswear, Electronic Arts, US Bank, and more.
The University of Oregon, founded in 1876, is the state’s flagship institution. Located in Eugene, Oregon—an energetic college town—the university offers academic excellence and hands-on learning opportunities in a welcoming atmosphere. The UO Lundquist College of Business, home of the Oregon MBA, is consistently ranked among the top public business schools and is in the elite 1.4 percent of the world’s business schools accredited in both business and accounting.
The Oregon MBA offers three degree programs:
- Two-Year MBA: The Oregon MBA’s most popular degree program is full-time and open to a variety of undergraduate degrees. It includes core business fundamentals as well as specialized curricular track offerings through the program’s four centers of excellence.
- One-Year/Accelerated MBA: Qualified and highly focused students can complete their MBA in nine to 15 months by launching immediately into the specialized coursework associated with one of the four curricular tracks offered by the Oregon MBA. Eligibility requirements include an undergraduate degree with demonstrated emphasis on quantitative skills from an accredited institution, a strong overall academic record, and significant work experience
- Concurrent Degrees: Candidates may complete two degrees at the University of Oregon at a considerable savings of time and cost. The Oregon MBA offers concurrent enrollment with many other masters programs, such as a JD/MBA, MBA/Master of Architecture, and MBA/Master of Accounting, as well as others.
Students choose one of four curricular tracks—sustainable business, sports business, entrepreneurship, or finance and securities analysis—at the time of application to the Oregon MBA program. The curriculum commences with a mandatory orientation during the two weeks prior to the first day of fall term courses. Orientation prepares MBA students for success through rigorous introduction to case analysis, leadership, and team dynamics. Presentation and communication skills are also emphasized.
From there, students complete a first-year core curriculum that introduces them to all the disciplines and analytical tools of business, providing a solid foundation for subsequent coursework. The first-year curriculum forms the foundation for the four center-based tracks. Each of the four center-based tracks also has its own set of required courses and recommended electives. Students complete the track-based required and recommend courses beginning the second term of their first year through the completion of their studies. In addition, a mandatory capstone course in business leadership and ethics is required at the end of the second year of study.
Students who meet the eligibility requirements for the one-year/accelerated Oregon MBA program may skip the first-year core courses and immediately start taking courses required and recommended for one of the four tracks.
Because of the Oregon MBA’s curricular focus in four core industries, traditional business school ranking methodologies often don’t capture the true caliber of the program’s offerings. The Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, which is responsible for the Oregon MBA’s sports business track, is regarded by many as the top sports business program in the world. Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Business International, and The Sports Business Journal have all hailed the Warsaw Center as one of the preeminent sports business education programs in the country. In addition, the Oregon MBA’s tracking in sustainable business through the Center for Sustainable Business Practices was ranked the #1 Green MBA in the nation in October 2015. The Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship also hosts and operates the New Venture Championship, a top international investment competitions for MBA students seeking to start their own businesses. Both Bloomberg Businessweek (in 2003) and Forbes (in 2010) have rated the New Venture Championship among the world’s elite business plan competitions.
Lundquist has not published in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.