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MBA - Portland State University| Portland, Oregon

Lead Fearlessly

Portland State’s MBA is specifically designed to create leaders of the future—the future of our businesses, our city, our region and our planet. Ranked top of its class, it’s everything you want your MBA to be.


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Today’s business executives face challenges that go beyond the bottom line. Successful leaders must balance sustainable business practices that take into consideration social, economic, and environmental stewardship. Portland State University’s Master of Business Administration prepares you to be a fearless leader who creates innovative solutions that make a meaningful impact in today’s dynamic markets. Across the globe, executives look to MBA graduates to fulfill strategic objectives. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 80 percent of employers plan on hiring an MBA graduate in 2014, a rate that has increased by 30 percent since 2009.

As the entrepreneurial mindset strengthens and startups continue to boom, we see an increasing number of MBA alumni launch their own businesses, 45% of MBA students who graduated nationwide in 2010-2013 according to GMAC. Our MBA program is specifically designed to foster the development of future business leaders, for both career advancement and entrepreneurship and will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to face the global and competitive business challenges of tomorrow.


It makes perfect sense that one of the country's leading sustainability MBA programs is located in Portland, Oregon — one of the country's most sustainable cities. From the #1 Beyond Grey Pinstripes MBA ranking to accolades from U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, the Portland State MBA program is continually recognized.

Our rigorous and well-rounded program is structured on sustainability, leadership and innovation. Businesses are in need of candidates that have the passion and ambition to drive innovation and growth. That’s why we’ve focused our program on impactful change. Creating the leaders of tomorrow cannot just be accomplished with philosophy; one must provide practical skills and grounded expertise that can be used in the real world, where it matters most. Because we know big change only comes from big ideas, our program will push you, challenge you and open your mind to become the strong, conscientious, and effective professional you strive to be. By the end of the program our students are equipped to be socially and environmentally responsible business leaders.


To match the diversity of our students, the MBA program offers three ways to earn your degree. Students can choose from a full-time 21-month program, a part-time 28-month on campus program or a part-time 28 month online program. The curriculum is uniquely split into 5 integrated sections (Foundations of Competitiveness, The Value Chain of Business, Applied Leadership, International Field Study, and electives) while following three overarching ideas. These ideas work as the life-blood of the program, guiding our mission for future business leaders.

Leadership: No other MBA program in the Northwest offers the focus and integration of Portland State's multi-phase leadership component. The leadership program begins with a 360-degree evaluation to help MBA students define their core strengths and weaknesses while receiving one-on-one counseling from their designated MBA coach. The leadership component culminates in our Leadership Immersion, a two-day business simulation workshop designed to assess students' technical and leadership skills. Many MBA alumni point to the Leadership Immersion as one of the most transformational and empowering experiences of the MBA program.

Innovation: MBA students learn how to manage innovation from new ideas to new products, and how to incorporate innovation into even the most traditional business practices. Through the Pioneering Innovation course, you will gain an understanding of the innovation process and how it can be sustained in the global economy. Many of our students have taken their ideas from our course into the real world; either by launching a start-up upon graduation or pitching their idea at one of many entrepreneurship competitions held annually in Portland, Oregon. Be the next pioneer of business innovation!

Sustainability: Through this program our students explore the core ideas of corporate responsibility, ethics and stewardship, and living systems. You’ll graduate with a holistic view of business success, one that seeks to create long-term economic value, improve the health and vitality of social systems and eliminate harm to ecological systems. Turn your knowledge into action and become the next change maker in sustainable business growth.


To be the best, you need to learn from the best. At Portland State, we’ve assembled a world-class faculty comprised of the brightest minds in business—thinkers and doers who are prized both for their ability to engage students and their achievements outside of the classroom. Our professors are experts in their fields. When they’re not teaching you, they’re running companies, conducting leading-edge research or speaking at industry events around the world. Join the movement of innovation, join our instructors, and become the next business leader of tomorrow.


Portland State’s MBA program provides students with the technical business skills and real world experience to help graduates achieve their business goals. Whether students pursue a specialized career path, explore international business, or launch a new entrepreneurial venture, PSU’s MBA program is an investment in your future. GMAC recently surveyed 21,000 business school alumni from the classes of 1959 through 2013 and found that 96 percent of MBA graduates were employed. Portland State’s strong connection to the business community and extensive graduate alumni network ensure that students are exposed to innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders. Through this network, executives from prominent companies such as Blount International, Facebook, Hitachi Consulting, Intel, Nike, Microsoft, Webtrends and Xerox seek to hire Portland State MBA graduates. Become part of a lifelong community of fearless business leaders. PSU MBA, prepare to make an impact!