Online/in-person Oregon State MBA targets Portland market
The Oregon State Masters of Business Administration program has existed since 1966, and has continuously evolved to meet the market demands of the ever-changing domestic and global economies. Those evolutions have meant different curriculum, projects and focus of the program. The most recent addition includes the MBA Executive Leadership track that is offered in the online/in-person blended format with the in-person delivery hosted in Portland’s South Waterfront.
With an understanding that today’s MBA candidates often stay in the workforce while obtaining their degree, the curriculum is designed to accommodate working professionals.
“Recognizing the trend and value in this blended online/in-person format, along with the interest from Portland alumni and industry partners, made us realize that there definitely is opportunity in Portland,” says David Baldridge, director of Off-Campus MBA Programs. “We are excited to make it possible for professionals to add an Oregon State MBA to their resume.”
Candidates who have a business-based academic foundation can earn their degree in as little as 21 months. The 45-credit program is divided into three sections:
- General MBA courses (30 credits): Accounting, business analysis, finance, information systems, law, project management, marketing and strategy
- Executive leadership track (9 credits): Ethical leadership, human resources and negotiations
- Integrative capstone experience (6 credits)
The MBA executive leadership track is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and will feature courses taught by leading researchers in small class sizes. Online/in-person courses began the week of Sept. 30. The schedule will be consistent with the main campus in Corvallis.
Course delivery is approximately 75 percent online and 25 percent in-person (two to three class sessions per term), with the number of in-person sessions varying based on the learning objectives of each course.
“The flexible format of the online delivery combined with in-person meetings and having dynamic conversations will build professional networks,” Baldridge says. “These are all important components in obtaining the opportunities intended to advance careers.”
The addition of the MBA Executive Leadership track, which is delivered through Oregon State Ecampus, is one of four new tracks now being offered. The others, Global Operations, Marketing Research, and Wealth Management, are offered on the Corvallis campus. These new offerings complement the Commercialization, Clean Technology and Thesis tracks. Last fall, the College of Business also graduated its two new cohorts: Accountancy and a Doctor of Pharmacy/MBA dual degree.
With the new tracks, including the online/in-person MBA in Executive Leadership, enrollment is up by 25 percent in the College's Graduate Business Programs. The College of Business' growth phase is also marked by the addition of the School of Design and Environment, a Ph.D. program beginning next year and the upcoming move to a new 100,000 square-foot building, Austin Hall, in fall 2014.
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