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Business Connections

Recognized in the Princeton Review for having "deep connections to the business community"

We often hear from students and alumni — even prospective students — about how much they value the Portland State MBA Program’s deep connections to the local and regional business community. Our students have many opportunities to engage with the regional business leaders through a variety of events, programs and resources:


Capstone Consulting Project

Portland State's exclusive capstone consulting experience enables students to gain real life business consulting experience before graduation. Portland State works with regional businesses to match students with prospective projects that will provide them with a unique opportunity to put relevant job skills into action before they graduate.

Mentor Program

Portland State’s Career Management Resources team provides a wide array of business networking services to help our students plan for long-term career success. One of these services includes a Mentor Program that pairs MBA students with a regional business leader working within a company or field of interest. Each year dozens of MBA students participate in this program to gain clarification on career goals and learn more about their targeted industries and potential career opportunities.

Business Advisory Council

Portland State’s School of Business Administration (SBA) created the Business Advisory Council in the early 1990's as part of its long-term commitment to the regional business community, and to foster an active dialogue with business leaders. The Business Advisory Council, comprised of notable executives and business leaders from the Portland area, serves in an advisory role to the Dean of the SBA.

Executives in Residence

Portland State’s Executives in Residence program brings business executives from across the region and nation to the Portland State campus each term to connect with students and faculty in a variety of activities. Executives participate in classroom lectures, executive roundtables, executive perspectives on leadership, and other networking events. The Executive Roundtable series provides an intimate setting for 10 - 15 students to meet with an executive to learn about his or her career and industry and ask thoughtful questions. Executive Perspectives on Leadership is held two times each term, and is a required course for all MBA students. The program brings up to eight executives to campus for an afternoon of breakout sessions with students to share thoughts on and experience with leadership.

Business Briefing Breakfast Series

For the past 12 years, the School of Business Administration has assembled executives, entrepreneurs and innovators from throughout the region and country to explore the trends and challenges facing business leaders today. The Business Briefing Breakfast Series is held six times a year. Open to the general public, the event is free for Portland State MBA students.

Career Management Panel Discussions

The Career Management Resources team organizes a series of panel discussions to help MBA students gain insight into a variety of industries and job functions. Career panels feature professionals, often Portland State MBA alumni, from companies large and small. Examples of panels from the current academic year include, “Career Changers,” “Careers in Marketing and Product Development,” and “Careers in Sustainability.” The events provide valuable opportunities for students to ask questions and network with local business professionals in their field or company of interest.

On-Campus Recruiting

Portland State MBA students are highly sought after by area employers. The Career Management Resources team coordinates an active on-campus recruiting program that, in recent years, has included recruiting visits from major employers such as Nike, Hitachi Consulting, Textronix and Gallup Consulting.

Social Innovation Incubator (SII) and Impact Entrepreneurs

The SII is one of the programs offered by PSU's School of Business Administration through its Impact Entrepreneurs initiative. The SII assists start-up and entrepreneurial ventures built around a mission of innovating solutions for the environment and humanity. MBA students are encouraged to become involved with the SII through networking events, research projects and related opportunities such as Impact Entrepreneurs’ Social Enterprise Tours to India and Nicaragua.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

PSU's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a collaboration between The Portland State School of Business Administration, Research and Strategic Partnerships and the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Center serves as a central resource for faculty, students, alumni and community members who want to launch businesses. Additionally, the Center is a regional hub of entrepreneurship, providing critical assistance that leads to job creation and economic growth.

Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability (CGLS)

The CGLS is also a strategic initiative of the School of Business Administration, and it advances the role of business in creating systemic solutions to persistent and ecological challenges. The CGLS engages students, faculty and community partners, both locally and internationally, to build knowledge and generate positive impact across disciplines, sectors and geographies. MBA students connect to the CGLS through curriculum it has helped develop, the annual Conference on Business and Sustainability and other opportunities.

Net Impact, Portland State Chapter

PSU's Net Impact Chapter is a network of students, alumni and professionals who use the power of business to improve society and the environment. The student-run organization offers events, resources, education, networking opportunities, and career connections focused around business and sustainability. Highlights include tours of sustainable businesses and social enterprises in the region, conversations with faculty who teach courses on sustainability, and the opportunity to discuss careers with people currently working in sustainability-focused jobs.

Read more about the Portland State MBA program’s business connections at FutureForwardMBA.