Academics

HERE’S THE TRUTH: As a prospective MBA student, you have a lot of options. And if you’re like our current students, we know you haven’t gotten this far or considered a graduate program without first demonstrating that you know the value of hard work. Oregon State MBA students take on new challenges and get results. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.

We offer a variety of degree programs and certificates that are uniquely flexible to meet your needs. We have part-time, hybrid programs in Portland and part-time and full-time programs in Corvallis.

OREGON STATE MBA students have a variety of academic backgrounds including engineering, science, social sciences, liberal arts and business. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in business or a business minor you will complete coursework that provides a solid foundation of business knowledge.

If you’ve earned an undergraduate business degree or business minor from an accredited institution within the past 10 years, you are eligible to participate in our accelerated program. The accelerated program allows you to complete the MBA in as little as nine months (attending full-time in Corvallis) or 21 months (attending part-time in Portland).

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The MBA program requires 60 credit-hours of coursework, including 15 credit-hours of Core-1 courses, 27 credit-hours of Core-2 courses, and 18 credit-hours within one of our available tracks.

Accelerated Program

Students who have earned an undergraduate business degree or business minor from an accredited institution in the previous 10 years are eligible to enroll in our accelerated program. Students in our accelerated program are not required to complete Core-1 courses and can begin their program with Core-2 coursework. The accelerated program allows students to complete the MBA in as little as nine months (attending full-time in Corvallis) or 21 months (attending part-time in Portland).

Core – 1

15 Credits

Core-1 courses are designed with the needs of students who do not have a recent undergraduate business degree or business minor from an accredited institution in mind.* These courses provide you with the opportunity to help identify your strengths and fully prepare you to get the most out of the Oregon State MBA while providing a solid foundation of knowledge you’ll reference throughout your career. These courses include:

BA 513

Business Legal Environment

3 Credits

Provides the essential legal foundation for business managers in companies operating in the U.S. Effective strategies for managers to prevent and resolve legal disputes will be stressed. Topics include legal issues related to corporate forms, creating and enforcing contracts, reducing exposure to tort liability and the role of employees as agents of a business.

BA 514

Operations Management

3 Credits

Provides a foundation for business managers in statistics and operations management. Emphasis on quantitative tools for sampling, interval estimation and hypothesis testing as well as operations management concepts for processes, quality systems, supply chain management, inventory management, resource planning, and sustainable lean systems.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 515

Managerial Decision Tools

3 Credits

Develop business management skills by learning the principles of managerial and financial accounting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding financial statements, cost analysis, and funding decisions. Focuses on integrating the theoretical framework of accounting and finance with the “hands on” technical skills needed to evaluate financial decisions within an organization.

PREREQS: College Algebra

BA 516

Creating Value in Exchange

3 Credits

A graduate-level survey course that provides a foundation for business managers in the concepts of marketing. The student will develop an understanding of marketing principles and an awareness of marketing challenges.

PREREQS: Microeconomics

BA 517

Markets and Valuation

3 Credits

Introduces students to the basic questions facing a financial manager and the tools a financial manager uses to find answers to these questions. Introduces the basic tools of finance and applications of financial theory in use today. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical, technology, and global issues facing a financial manager. The course is designed to enhance a student’s approach to financial decision making and emphasizes technical analysis and quantitative approaches to decision making.

PREREQS: BA 515 with a minimum grade of B- or higher.

Core – 2

27 Credits

Core-2 courses equip you with knowledge across all functional areas of business. These courses include:

BA 528

Financial and Cost Analysis

3 Credits

Analysis of the balance sheet and income statement to determine profitability, risk, and rate of return; preparation of pro forma financial statements; cost measurement for products, projects, jobs, customers, and markets; strategic cost decision making for pricing and resource allocation.

BA 540

Corporate Finance

3 Credits

Emphasizes analytical tools to measure and manage firm value, through corporate strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, international expansion, and new venture development.

BA 550

Organization Leadership and Management

3 Credits

Organization-wide implementation issues driven by change. Provides a balanced view of the structural and human sides of organization design.

BA 555

Practical Business Analysis

3 Credits

Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

BA 561

Supply Chain Management

3 Credits

Covers tools and concepts needed to manage the entire supply chain effectively. Topics include negotiation, purchasing, logistics operations, and applying e-business tools. Emphasis on creating integrated supply chains.

BA 569

Advanced Strategic Management

3 Credits

Advanced integrative case-based course on the process of systematically developing and managing firm strategies. Topics are covered from a general management perspective and include setting corporate goals and objectives, analyzing external competitive environments, understanding business models, identifying strategy options, and designing appropriate organization systems and structure for implementation of plans. International and e-business issues are integrated throughout.

BA 572

Advanced Information Systems

3 Credits

The development, implementation and management of information technology applications will be addressed. Topics will address the development and application of technology to support linkages within the organization and outside the organization. Projects will be assigned to illustrate the topics.

BA 590

Marketing Management

3 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of how a market-orientation can help firms to profitably deliver value to their targeted customers. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, and case discussions, students will learn how to analyze complex marketing challenges, and make strategic decisions based on established marketing management principles.

MGMT 559

Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

3 Credits

Introduces students to contemporary issues managers face making ethical and socially-responsible decisions in an increasingly competitive, transparent, and global environment. Practical examples and cases, as well as contemporary behavioral ethics research and theory are incorporated throughout the course.

Track-Specific Coursework

18 Credits

In addition to Core-1 and Core-2 courses, you will complete 18 credit-hours within your chosen track. These courses are dependent upon the track you’ve selected.

A complete listing of Business Course Materials can be found here.