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The 2015 Application Is Now Open!

October 23, 2014 - 3:00am

By Abby Messenger


The title says it all – after updates to our 2014 application, our Graduate Business Programs application is now live for 2015 admissions!

Whether you are ready to accelerate your career, have discovered a new field and want to make a career change, or have dreamed of obtaining an MBA to achieve your long-term educational goals, you can get started today!

 Before you do, here are some of the exciting changes to our 2015 application:

Unofficial Score Report Upload: To ensure faster processing of your application, you can now upload the unofficial copy of your GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports (for international student applicants) while our office awaits the official copy of your score report from the testing center.

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In a Portland State of Mind

October 21, 2014 - 3:00am

by Kelly Doherty

Portland State's "Portland State of Mind" celebration is in full swing — students and the public alike are invited to campus for our signature celebration of knowledge and culture. This annual celebration celebrates the unique connection between PSU and the surrounding Portland community.

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International Students Featured at Recent Careers Panel

October 17, 2014 - 3:00am

By Jodi Nelson


The graduate business programs at Portland State University welcome many international students. In fact, the full-time MBA program includes about 30% international students each year. Students come from countries such as China, India, Germany and many others.

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Portland State Earns "Top Business Schools" Recognition from Princeton Review

October 14, 2014 - 1:00am

We are pleased to announce that Portland State has once again earned recognition on the Princeton Review's list of the top business schools!

The Princeton Review tallied its 2015 lists based on its surveys of 41,100 students overall attending the schools profiled in the books - including 21,600 students attending the featured 296 business schools.

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Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Parnters with Student Groups for Joint Kickoff Meeting Tonight

October 9, 2014 - 3:00am

Portland State MBA students are invited to a joint kickoff meeting with the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC), Net Impact, and Women in Business. The meeting takes place tonight, Wednesday, October 8, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in SBA 170. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the leadership team for each group, learn more about each group’s mission, and hear what is planned for the upcoming school year. 

Following the meeting, all three groups will walk to First National Taphouse for happy hour. Please consider attending tonight's event to learn more about these exciting groups and to meet other students in the graduate business programs.

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Employer Spotlight: Aequitas Capital

October 7, 2014 - 3:00am

Did you volunteer to help with the annual School of Business (SBA) Golf Tournament on Sept. 17th? If not, be sure to participate next year. It’s a fun way to get outdoors to enjoy one the last few days of beautiful summer weather before hitting the books, and it is also a great way to meet some terrific Portland employers.

For example, this year our Silver Sponsor, Aequitas Capital, sent a foursome to play golf, a group which included three executives and a recruiter. They were there to support the PSU SBA, and also intentionally to meet our great students in a casual setting. Since their company is growing so quickly, they are constantly looking for talented candidates. In fact, Aequitas is growing so rapidly that they’ve hired well over 100 new employees already this year!

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Kickstart Weekend Starts Tomorrow

October 2, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty


This Friday and Saturday (Oct 3-4), the Portland State School of Business, in collaboration with the Engineering School, will be co-hosting the fourth annual PSU Kickstart Weekend beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and running through Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

This start-up experience is open to any PSU student who thinks they might want to start a business at some point in their career. This fun, intensive two-day session provides students with the opportunity to meet their peers, join a team, start a company, and enroll in the Launch-in-9 entrepreneurship track here at PSU.

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Guest Post: My Global Supply Chain Trip to Vietnam

September 30, 2014 - 3:00am

By Rob Hodgson. This post covers the Vietnam portion of the MBA trip to Asia. Last week, Robyn Gelfand wrote about the China portion of the trip.


Becamex Town Square


Portland State University’s International Experience program is one of the factors that most strongly differentiates its business graduate school from those of other universities, and it is one of the main reasons I chose to study here. With my focus in project management, this experience has honed my skills in operations management and even inspired me to further pursue it as a career.

One of the features that sets the Asia trip apart from the other experiences is that each day was a combination of onsite company tours and open classroom discussion. The class is divided into groups and got to evaluate the facilities in order to determine whether we would want to utilize the company as a supplier. This format spurred some great discussions and provided a framework for asking questions during the tours. 

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School of Business Adds Global Study Option in Brazil

September 26, 2014 - 3:00am

The Portland State MBA program currently offers global study opportunities in Vietnam, China, India, and Marseille, France. And we're pleased to announce that we're now adding a program in Brazil! The trip will take place August 22 - September 3, 2015, and will be led by Dave Garten.

This two-week intensive study abroad experience features deep exposure to business development and marketing. Our progam partner in Jaragua du Sol is Instituto Jourdan.

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Guest Post: My Global Supply Chain Trip to China

September 24, 2014 - 3:00am

Today's guest post is from Robyn Gelfand, who recently returned from the Portland State international study trip to Asia. Her post covers the China portion of the trip. A future post from Rob Hodgson will cover Vietnam.   

Our group at Wistron.


The international experience was invaluable in helping me develop a global mindset and think critically about the pros and cons of doing business in China and Vietnam. In addition to being an amazing cultural experience, it gave me tools to evaluate potential business partners, suppliers, and manufacturing locations both domestically and abroad

In Shanghai, we visited a wide range of companies, including LG, General Motors, Wistron, and Coca-Cola. It was interesting to see the varying degrees of automation used in factories and the different levels of importance placed on innovation and sustainability.

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MS Global Supply Chain Management Program Earns Top 10 Ranking

September 22, 2014 - 8:55am

We're excited to announce that our MS Global Supply Management (MS GSCM) program has been recognized by as being one of the nation's top graduate programs for supply chain management.

This is especially exciting news since our students have the option of pursuing a dual MBA/MS GSCM degree while at Portland State. Portland State's program earned a #8 ranking for programs across the country. selected Portland State based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

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PSU Accelerator wins U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

September 19, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty

Congrats to the Portland State Business Accelerator — Maria Contreras-Sweet, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet — recently selected the PSU Business Accelerator as one of 50 winners of the first national Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

The Accelerator was chosen out of a pool of more than 800 diverse applicants from across the country for its innovative vision, outstanding planning, and novel approach to supporting small business start-ups as they seek to get off the ground and become commercial successes.

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MBA Program Shines in Business as UNusual Rankings

September 17, 2014 - 3:00am

Net Impact recently released its 2014 edition of Business as UNusual: The Social and Environmental Impact Guide to Graduate Programs – For Students by Students.

Portland State is pleased to announce that we once again made the list:

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Career Visioning Workshop & Upcoming Events

September 15, 2014 - 10:20am

By Jodi Nelson

The career services team has been preparing for a busy fall season of events. Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Career Visioning Workshop - Tuesday, September 16

This workshop is designed for students seeking clarity on what career path to pursue. Participants will complete a CareerLeader assessment before attending the workshop. CareerLeader is a fully integrated approach to business career self assessment built on the premise that your interests, motivators and skills will drive your future career success and satisfaction.

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DeAnne Preston Joins Career Services Team

September 12, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty

We're pleased to welcome DeAnne Preston as our new Corporate Outreach Specialist. DeAnne works in collaboration with Jodi Nelson, Assistant Director of Career and Student Services, to provide students with a full portfolio of career services.

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Events: Business Briefing to Focus on Real Estate

September 10, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty


The first Business Briefing Breakfast of the 2014-15 academic year is coming up on Thursday, September 25.

September's event will highlight the BOMA Real Estate Workshop student project. Each year participating students produce a development plan for a property site in the Portland or Seattle area. In this class, students form a real estate development team and produce an original development plan, including the development concept, the market analysis, the conceptual design, economic analysis, capital and operations budget, and management plan.

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Where to Meet Up with the MBA Admissions Team in US, Asia and India

September 9, 2014 - 3:00am

By Abby Messenger


Fall is fast approaching, and with it, the start of recruiting fair season.

If you have been exploring our MBA program, and want to take the next step by connecting in person, check out all of our upcoming fall events below.

If the days and locations are convenient for you, please contact our office at, and we can arrange a one-on-one advising appointment in the area or have you drop by the event that we are attending.

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HuffPost Covers Alumni Venture, My Street Grocery

September 8, 2014 - 3:00am

Amelia Pape

Amelia Pape (MBA 2011) and her venture, My Street Grocery, are in the media again — this time, on Huffington Post.

Huffpost recently covered My Street Grocery, which has partnered with Whole Foods to run mobile markets featuring Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value products.

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Portland State MBA on tour in Asia

September 5, 2014 - 3:00am


It's that time of year again — the Portland State MBA program is participating in The MBA Tour throughout Asia.

Angela Wright, PSU Recruiting and Admissions Specialist, is currently traveling with The MBA Tour, meeting with prospective MBA students from across Asia. This year's itinerary inlcudes stops in:

  • Singapore - Tuesday, August 26
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Thursday, August 28
  • Jakarta - Saturday, August 30
  • Bangkok - Monday, September 1   
  • Taipei - Thursday, September 4
  • Tokyo - Monday, September 8
  • Seoul - Thursday, September 11
  • Shanghai - Saturday, September 13
  • Beijing - Monday, September 15

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Alumni Venture Lands $2.6 Million to Develop TriMet eFares

August 29, 2014 - 3:00am

By Kelly Doherty

Congratulations to Portland State School of Business (Master of International Management) alumni Nat Parker and Michael Gray on the success of their startup venture, GlobeSherpa.

The company developed TriMet's popular Tickets smartphone app, which has faciliated nearly two million bus and train fares since the app's launch last September. According to Nat, the company's CEO, "GlobeSherpa and its servers also process more than $900,000 in fare purchases a month."

Earlier this month, TriMet awarded GlobeSherpa with a $2.6 million contract to further develop its mobile ticketing platform.

Started in 2010, GlobeSherpa provides a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment. The company also creates easy-to-use mobile ticketing systems for parking, events, and local destinations.

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