Master of Business Administration | MBA

The master of business administration, or MBA, at Pacific University is an innovative and horizon-broadening program that prepares students to work in a multitude of careers. With a core curriculum based in fundamental business principles, the program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills, as well as insights into innovative theories.

Designed for experienced and aspiring professionals, the MBA at Pacific University helps students broaden their knowledge, launch notable careers, and become leaders in the field. Students develop targeted skills by selecting the concentration best suited to their career aspirations — human resources, finance/accounting, or small business development (entrepreneurship).

You will be empowered to unleash your creative ideas, and you will be guided by solid business knowledge in supply chain, accounting, finance and organizational behavior. With current business basics under your belt, you will be engaged in the application of your knowledge to create real businesses, work with local industries, be mentored by successful entrepreneurs and, at all steps, be encouraged in innovative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Your ideas can change the world. Are you ready to learn how to put them into practice?


The Pacific University MBA faculty reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of economic leaders in the Pacific Northwest region and throughout the nation. In addition to the permanent faculty at Pacific University, the weekend intensive structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as program faculty. Some of our faculty teach full time; some share their expertise for set modules. Guest lectures and case presentations are a prominent feature of the program. Experienced business leaders also support the program through the Innovation Academy’s Executive Council.

Program Delivery

For great convenience in Washington County, classes are held at our Hillsboro Campus in the Health and Education District of downtown Hillsboro. The campus is on the MAX line at SE 8th and SE Washington, right in the heart of Hillsboro.

MBA-501: Statistical Analysis and Thinking in Business

The practical applications of statistics and the analysis of data to make meaningful organizational decisions. Topics include probability, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and quality improvement.

MBA-502: Financial and Managerial Accounting

Accounting concepts and procedures used in preparation of corporate financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows. Measurement of reporting choices within Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Foundations of corporate financial statement analysis. Study use of accounting data in managing businesses by applying techniques for product costing, planning, control, and performance evaluation. Topics include: CVP analysis; variable, absorption, job, activity-based and standard costing; budgeting; responsibility accounting; capital budgeting.

MBA-503: Economics for Managers

A survey of both microeconomics (the study of individual and organizational decision-making), and macroeconomics, which investigates national and international concerns. Economic theory will be complemented by practical applications and discussions of current policy issues affecting business.

MBA-505: Organizational Behavior, Diversity & Leadership

Intensive examination of behavioral science research and theory as a basis for understanding, managing and changing organizations. The course emphasizes effective management with diverse individuals.

MBA-508: Global Enterprises and International Management 

Strategies for entering new international markets and managing international operations. Discussion of cultural differences, regional economic integration, and emerging markets.

MBA-509: Operations and Supply Chain Management

A managerial level examination of operations strategy with emphasis on application of quantitative models as guides to managerial decision-making. Includes project management, product and service design, Just-In-Time (lean systems), mass customization, and systems thinking.

MBA-510: Marketing Management

Analysis of the marketing effort and decision-making process in private, not-for-profit and public institutions. Normative models for decision-making in different marketing situations. Analytical tools available for appraising, diagnosing, organizing, planning and implementing market plans. Analysis of economic, social and political forces leading to change in the market place. Development of concepts useful in evaluating marketing situations, including those in the international setting.

MBA-511: Financial Management

The finance function and its relation to other functions of a firm. Topics include: analysis and budgeting of funds, management of current assets, financing short-term and intermediate-term needs, planning long-term debt policy and capital structure, capital costs and budgeting, dividend policy, valuation, mergers and acquisition.

MBA-598: Strategic Management

The application of strategic management concepts, principles and techniques through case analyses. Draws upon professional experience and concepts learned in other functional areas to develop a general management perspective and the ability to impact organizational direction and performance.

Elective Courses