Master of Business Administration | MBA


Your MBA at a Glance

Time 15 months
Schedule Alternating Weekends
  Friday 3pm-8pm
  Saturday 9am-6pm
Location Hillsboro Campus


Credits 39 semester hours
Tuition $28,002 (full 15 months)
$ / Credit $718
Avg. Class 20 Students
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MBA Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (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 and taught by PhD-caliber professors, the program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills, as well as insights into innovative theories. The MBA at Pacific University helps students broaden their knowledge, launch notable careers, and become leaders in the field.


After receiving a foundation in basic business principles including accounting, organizational behavior, and finance, you will select to focus your MBA in Management or Finance.

Program Delivery

The 15-month program is designed for working professionals with classes held bi-weekly on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. This delivery method allows you to keep working while finishing your degree faster than a typical part-time program will allow. Additionally, you will be provided coffee, snacks, and catered meals during each lecture time. See the fall 2016 MBA Schedule.

For your convenience in Washington County and greater Portland, 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.


The Pacific University 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. Experienced business leaders also support the program through the Innovation Academy’s Executive Council.

Cohort Aspect

With an average class size of 20, diverse networks of students and professors, and advanced technology in the classrooms, each lecture is equipped to be unique and dynamic. You will gain the full benefits of a MBA by forming strong business relationships with others throughout the program.

The Executive Council

The College of Business is fortunate to have the Executive Council. The Council is comprised of local business men and women, alumni, and other contributors to the Pacific community. The Council helps to solidify the connections to the community.

Corporate Landscape Tour

Gain both theory and practical experience while visiting local businesses on the Corporate Landscape Tour. Past tours have lead students to see manufacturing operations at Chaucer Foods, the vertical integration of Golden Valley Brewing, and the corporate dynamic at Columbia Sportswear.

Optional Travel Course

Gain Global experience first-hand through dynamic, location-based learning. The most recent course lead students to Aalen, German where they visited the manufacturing facilities of BMW and Porsche, explored mining operations, and learned from local university faculty

The Berglund Center

The Berglund Center's mission is to support multidisciplinary creativity, scholarship, and entrepreneurship. The Center hosts the Inspired Ideas Competition where students compete for thousands of dollars in funds to turn your idea into an actual prototype. Additionally, the Center provides and Entrepreneur and Designer in Residence to help you launch your business ideas.

Center for Global Business Studies

The Center for Global Business Studies carries out research and supports teaching related to international business, with a focus on the people, companies, and economies of the Pacific Northwest. Student may also use the resource for connections with potential research projects and internships at companies.

Career Development Center

Students have access to the university Career Development Center while a student and after graduation. The center can help with formatting and editing resumes, finding internship and job opportunities, and providing valuable connections from Pacific's close-knit alumni network.

Inquire Today

Connect directly with the Associate Director for College of Business Admissions, Ryan P. Garcia, to begin exploring the ways a Master of Business Administration degree can help you achieve your career goals. | 503-352-2187 | Inquiry Form
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MBA Course Descriptions

The following is a sample listing of Pacific's MBA courses. Specific courses and course schedules can change from year to year.

BUS 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.

BUS 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.

BUS 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.

BUS 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.

BUS 508 Global Enterprise and International Management

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

BUS 511 Corporate 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.

BUS 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.

BUS 509 Operations & 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.

BUS 530 Advertising and Promotion

Examination of advertising and promotion principles from an integrated marketing communications perspective. Topics include consumer and market analysis, creative strategy, media selection, promotional budgeting, campaign evaluation, and agency relations. This course will provide a theoretical foundation for making effective advertising and promotion decisions. Students will gain an understanding of the role of advertising and promotions as it relates to other marketing functions such as branding and pricing, strategic advantages of an integrated marketing communication campaign as well as an understanding of the advertising industry and the social environment in which it operates.

BUS 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.

BUS 520 Marketing Research and Communications

This course introduces the study of research, data analysis and application to business and marketing challenges while combining effective communication processes for dissemination and reporting. While addressing research techniques, topics will include primary and secondary marketing research methodologies, communication strategies, case analysis, and the statistical evaluation of data sets. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate qualitative and quantitative work from existing case studies.

BUS 524 Technology and Innovation Management

An introduction to the study of technology and innovation management, including the phenomena of technology and the integral role it plays in the competitive development and growth of businesses. This course will focus on understanding the managerial aspects of technology in business organizations and how technology is critical in fostering competitive advantage. Case studies will be used to provide students with an overview of corporate strategy as it relates to technology and innovation strategy. Case studies will emphasize the importance of developing, achieving and sustaining a technology based competitive advantage.

BUS 508 Global Enterprise and International Management (3) Sections 1 & 2

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

BUS 527 Applied Investment Management

Active management of funds allocated by numerous institutional investors. Encompasses investment policy statement (portfolio objectives, constraints, benchmarks, reports), performance evaluation/attribution, analysis (economic, industry, company), valuation, recommendations, portfolio rebalancing, trade execution, ethics of money management.

BUS 551 Managing Today’s Organizations: HR’s 360-degree view

This course explores the interpersonal dimensions of effective managerial behavior at the individual and team level. Topics include: the new world of work, cross-cultural management, diversity, talent management, performance management, motivation, and team dynamics. Students learn to increase organizational effectiveness by better managing themselves, other individuals, teams and stakeholders of the organization. Students also learn to diagnose and analyze individual and group behavior from different theoretical perspectives, including strategic, political and cultural, and to prescribe appropriate courses of managerial action.

BUS 545 Entrepreneurial Finance

This course examines the elements of entrepreneurial cash flow management, budget management, and financial risk management. The course addresses questions such as: how much money can and should be raised; when should it be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of the company; how to budget the use of capital and making dynamic adjustments; and how to control the financial risk of the operations.