From the School

As Oregon's largest university, Portland State serves over 29,000 students annually. Located in the heart of the city, this public university's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field based experiences in the community. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City", is embodied through the teaching and research of accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

Portland State prepares the business leaders of tomorrow by equipping students with the tools they need to change, build and serve communities around the world. Maintaining full time, part time and online programs, Portland State’s Graduate Business Programs develop leaders with a focus on innovation, experiential learning and global awareness while integrating sustainable practices into business.

Overview

Applicants
276
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
8.8
Average Age
33

Test Scores

GMAT
580 - 660
GPA
3.05 - 3.59

Deadlines


Round 1
November 1

Round 2
February 1

Round 3
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Overall

From the School

The MBA program allows students to focus their degree in a wide array of topics, through a range of coursework both inside the business school and available through other departments in the University. Some popular areas of concentration include: Finance, Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, International Business, Sustainable Enterprise, Real Estate Development and Food Marketing Logistics.

Portland State University also values a global perspective and encourages students to gain first hand international experience while traveling the world and earning credit toward their MBA degree. Studying abroad gives students insight into the business practices of another culture, enhances their awareness of cultural differences, and expands their professional network. Current opportunities include: China, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Middle East, Mexico and Nicaragua.


Students Say

Taking a cue from its progressive environs in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University offers an MBA program with a “focus on sustainability” and an emphasis on “personal development as a leader.” Offering more than your standard MBA, “this school is committed to the whole student,” and “creativity, along with sustainable, equitable solutions, are promoted, even prized.” Throughout the hefty 74-credit curriculum, you’ll never lose sight of the school’s core values: “PSU also works hard to integrate sustainability into most aspects of the curriculum, from core classes to elective offerings.” The MBA includes plenty of required coursework (as well as required hands-on projects), yet electives give students the opportunity to tailor their education. In fact, “the wide latitude given to students to pursue their studies in a multi-disciplinary manner” is a trademark of PSU’s graduate program. One student, for example, chose to take “public policy classes through the school of Public Administration, an environmental economics course through the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Economics), and a two-term seminar on the Smart Grid, also through the school of Public Administration.”

Thanks to its strong reputation and enviable Portland location, PSU can “attract and retain an extremely high-quality faculty roster.” On the whole, “professors are informed, enlightened educators as well as experts in their respective fields.” Despite overall excellence, students say there are a few instructors who “seem unprepared, disorganized, and unclear on what they’re supposed to be teaching us.” The local community also plays an important role in the PSU experience. “Portland is truly at the center of this nation’s move toward sustainability,” and therefore, “being in Portland is a huge plus—there’s so much sustainable business thinking and practice here that it’s easy to see in the field what I learn in school.” A student adds, “I have been introduced to and met with many people that are driving regional and national movements on the cutting edge of sustainability.”

PSU is a large school, but you won’t get lost in the crowd. Despite its 600-plus enrollment, “The SBA manages by breaking up [its] graduate studies into discrete cohorts and providing a concrete plan of study for each. There’s never much doubt what you should be doing, yet there is flexibility should you need it.” Depending on your schedule, the school offers several program options. For full-time students, “MBA cohort classes are four hours long one day a week from about [noon] until four,” while part-time students “typically go to class two to three evenings a week.” The school also operates a “well-regarded online program,” which participants describe as “very smooth and very accessible.” Though students say the business school’s classrooms could use a refresh, “the academic resources are great.” For example, “the library has done a lot of work to make research as easy as possible, even for those of us who are only on campus a couple times a week.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
35:1
Total Faculty
166

61
Part-time
39
Full-time
31
Female


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
Core business courses are built on a value system that ensures the long-term viability of social, environmental, and economic system. An example includes: Managing Operations and the Value Chain: Introduces the students to basic operations and supply chain issues. In addition, issues around the use of natural systems and other models of managing work will be considered within a perspective of sustainable organizations.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.pdx.edu/sustainable-business/

School's environmental commitment 1:
One aspect of the mission of the PSU School of Business is to “serve the social and economic vitality of the region.” With the increasing drive to create a ‘green’ and socially responsible economy in our region, the School of Business created the Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability (CGLS). CGLS is a central source within our region for discovery and knowledge-sharing for furthering the creation of an economy based on social and environmental sustainability. Annual Conference CGLS works with PSU’s Center for Sustainable Policies and Practices to organize the annual International Conference on Business and Sustainability. The theme of the 2009 conference was REGENERATE. In the midst of a difficult economic time sustainability provides both an ethos and an operating principle for deriving new methods to revitalize our organizations and societies. Through the lens of regenerate, a series of presentations, interactive case study sessions and keynote addresses during this two-day event provided immediate value to those seeking ideas for sustainability-focused inspiration and implementation in their organizations.

School's environmental commitment 2:
MBA Sustainability Elective Area. Learn about sustainable enterprises, product design, and stewardship, as well as measuring sustainability in business. A total of 16 elective requirements are required: Managing Sustainable Enterprises, Metrics for Sustainable Enterprise, Product Design and Stewardship, Social Sustainability, Energy and Clean Technology, etc. Students are also required to integrate a sustainability component into their Business Capstone Project.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The School of Business MBA Program was ranked #1 among small schools, and 14th in the world, in the 2011 Beyond Grey Pinstripes review for its commitment to environmental and social stewardship.

Career overview

From The School

The School of Business Administration provides career services specifically designed to target the goals of our graduate business students. Students begin creating an individual strategic career plan early in their program, utilizing a wide range of services, including mentor programs, workshops, one-on-one advising and many opportunities to connect to the local business community. Committed to not just helping students locate jobs, helps prepare them with the skills for long-term professional success.

Career Rating
86
Average Starting Salary
$66,409

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
42%
Graduate Facilitated
33%
Unknown
25%
School Facilitiated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
42%
Graduate Facilitated
33%
Unknown
25%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

38%
Marketing
20%
Consulting
17%
Operations/Logistics
17%
Finance/Accounting
4%
General Management
4%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

63%
West
25%
International
8%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
Southwest

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 38% $60,000 $61,000 $48,000 $75,000
Consulting 20% $87,000 $74,667 $45,000 $92,000
Finance / Accounting 17% $48,000 $48,000 $48,000 $48,000
Operations / Logistics 17% $72,750 $72,750 $67,500 $78,000
Other 4% $85,000 $85,000 $85,000 $85,000
General Management 4% $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 20% $87,000 $74,667 $45,000 $92,000
Consumer Products 17% $57,750 $57,750 $48,000 $67,500
Financial Services 17%
Manufacturing 13% $72,500 $72,500 $60,000 $85,000
Petroleum / Energy 13% $61,500 $61,500 $45,000 $78,000
Technology 7% $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000

Prominent Alumni

Gary Ames
former President/CEO, U.S. West

Gerry Cameron
retired Chairman of the Board, U.S. Bancorp

Scott Davis
Chief Executive Officer, UPS

Larry Huget
President/COO, ESCO Corp

J. Greg Ness
President/COO, StanCorp Financial Group

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$20,590
Tuition (Out-State)
$24,732
Fees (In-State)
$1,263
Fees (Out-State)
$1,263

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$572
Tuition (Out-State)
$684
Fees (In-State)
$49
Fees (Out-State)
$49

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$11,019
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$11,019
Academic Expenses
$2,028

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
246
Out of State
55%

In State
99%
Foreign Countries Represented
100

Demographics

28.00%
Minorities
31.00%
International

45% female
55% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Friendly and down-to-earth, PSU students “defy the typical business school stereotype of sharkish students dying to get ahead.” A current student observes, “While I expected to enter B-school with a bunch of traders and bankers, I was surprised to find a group of students that shared my, and Portland’s, sensibilities regarding the world, and who are looking forward to showing the world that businesspeople are not only out to bring down the financial system en route to earning billions.” Although there is a general interest in sustainability and ethics, at PSU you’ll meet students from a “wide range” of backgrounds. As such, there are “a variety of activities to participate in regardless of your industry,” and, on campus, there are lots of resources for a diverse student body—including “several childcare centers.”

In both the full-time and part-time MBA program, many “people come to class and then go home,” without making time for clubs or student groups. However, most students are involved in school-related activities outside of class, such as “internships, networking opportunities, and even…regular community service.” In addition, many students are “open to meet after class or on weekends to socialize.” Thanks to PSU’s “vibrant urban location” in downtown Portland, students enjoy everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including plenty of “good food and coffee locations close by.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Caliopy Glaros
Graduate Business Programs Admissions Coordinator

Address
631 SW Harrison St
SBA 540
Portland, OR 97201

Phone
503-725-8001

Email
gradinfo@sba.pdx.edu
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Key Stats

276
Applicants
246
Size
55%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists