Oregon MBA Program Attributes
Comprehensive and Focused
Eight core courses, a capstone class, and an emphasis on effective presentations, business writing, interviewing skills, team dynamics, and case analysis form the broad foundation for the electives and learning activities of our five specializations in Advanced Strategy and Leadership, Finance and Securities Analysis, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sports Business, and Sustainable Business Practices.
Experiential and Entrepreneurial
Whether students advise Northwest companies on their business plans, formulate their own, or leverage a centers’ industry contacts, the emphasis is the same—applying classroom learning to the real world, thinking outside conventional lines, experiencing innovative business solutions and practices first-hand.
Supportive and Personal
In our classes, you won’t be an anonymous face in the back row. You’ll have plenty of time to get to know your classmates and professors. And you won’t find more helpful folks than the program staff.
Collegial and Diverse
In our many group projects and consulting opportunities, you’ll find yourselves cooperating closely with classmates from throughout the United States and from several countries around the globe.
Oregon is not just a place, it’s a state of mind. We are surrounded by natural beauty and enjoy active lifestyle. We are serious about business and constantly strive to achieve a healthy balance between work and play. You can be your own best self in Oregon.
Oregon MBA students participate in an annual China study tour and additional opportunities for summer study abroad, are facilitated, with the University of Oregon ranking among the top institutions for percentage of students studying overseas—in more than 60 countries. In addition, prominent government institutions and private sector companies in Asia sponsor their best employees for the Oregon MBA, and we maintain active international exchange programs that enrich the classroom and lead to life-long transcontinental friendships.
Life in Eugene
The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon. Both the university and the town boast long-standing ties to the Pacific Rim.
Eugene is a delightful place to live, study, and work. Nicknamed Track Town USA, Eugene embraces athletes and sports fans alike. Sustainability is embedded in Oregon’s DNA, while the state’s vibrant startup community fosters aspiring entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the area’s close connections with the Pacific Northwest’s banking and financial worlds, students have many opportunities to interact with professionals at the top levels of these industries.
Known for Bach oratorios and alternative bands as much as for crafts and natural foods, it’s hard to sum up the charm and personality of Eugene, but here’s a quick snapshot.
The Willamette River runs through the heart of the city, and the McKenzie River joins it just to the north. The dramatic topography includes Skinner Butte near downtown as well as Spencer Butte which commands great views of the Cascades, Coast Range, and points in between. The climate settles on 70 to 80 degrees F (20-30 degrees C) in the spring and autumn, bright sun and low humidity in the summer, and winter weather that rarely dips below freezing. A long growing season makes for tall trees and lush foliage. Notwithstanding Oregon’s reputation, at 43 inches annual rainfall in Eugene averages less than Chicago , Boston, or Washington, D.C.
Transportation is not a problem, as long as you don’t try to park near campus. Rain or shine, 28 miles of dedicated paths and 78 miles of on-street bicycle lanes make it easy to bike just about anywhere. And students ride free on the extensive bus system.
Little more than an hour west of Eugene is the famous Oregon coast. Its beauty is found in unsullied beaches, rocky headlands, and tidal pools. Political leaders had the foresight to make the entire oceanfront accessible to the public. An hour to the east and you’re in the Cascades, perfect for snow-boarding, snow-shoeing, and skiing, both downhill and cross-country. Beyond is high-desert country, which lures hikers, campers, rock climbers, and cave explorers.
Portland is an easy two-hour drive north on the freeway. Portland calls itself the city of books, beer, bikes, and blooms. It is also a hub of business activity in the state, and MBA students often visit the city to meet with industry professionals or to host and attend events at the University of Oregon's White Stag building in downtown Portland.
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