Master of Business Administration
Make change. Find your career path through our innovative, hands-on Master in Business Administration program. Gain skills, enhance your strengths, embrace challenges, learn dynamic thinking and realize success. Enrich your knowledge in all types of environments. Be innovative, creative, fast-moving and competitive anywhere you go.
The Master of Business Administration program features a highly interactive and practical approach to learning. A Master of Business Administration is a widely recognized degree highly sought after by those looking to gain an edge in the business world. The Master of Business Administration puts emphasis on the critical topics of leadership, teamwork, ethics, and effective communication. These topics are embedded in the program and students’ skills are strengthened through critical analysis and intensive teamwork to further broaden skills necessary to become more effective managers. We offer our students the added benefit of small class sizes in a cohort system, which means you begin the Master of Business Administration program with a group of students and continue throughout the program with those same students. Working in a cohort-based program has proven incredibly rewarding and has many advantages for developing future business leaders.
Our program provides students with a broad knowledge base in all the major functions and practices of a business. The program further develops managerial skill sets and core competencies in six option areas: Finance, Accounting, Information Analysis and Decision Making, Marketing, Human Resources, Nonprofit Management. The perfect candidates are students with drive and desire to develop business knowledge. Students will develop or enhance their critical thinking skills, analytical skills, mindful innovative thought and ethical environmental awareness. Students will explore and experience real world business problems, an interactive class environment, one-on-one comprehensive professional instruction and supple guidance.
Southern Oregon University’s School of Business Master of Business Administration program is open to individuals from a wide range of academic disciplines who have previously completed a bachelor's degree. Although no particular undergraduate major is required for admission, participants not having earned a business degree or completed the equivalent business courses may be required to demonstrate proficiencies in the areas of accounting, elementary statistics, economics, and/or computer applications. Participants may demonstrate proficiencies through testing or enrollment in the corresponding prerequisite course(s). All testing and required prerequisite courses must be completed as set forth in each student’s admission agreement.
Master of Business Administration Arts
Business strategy with community insights in innovative and resourceful ways; and connect artists, the arts, and audiences in ways that transform their communities.
The SOU MBA Arts program features strategic and innovative thinking, and a broad knowledge of nonprofit management.
The MBA for the Arts Concentration at SOU is for high-potential arts and cultural managers seeking training in business, strategic and innovative thinking, and a broad knowledge of nonprofit management. The degree and concentration are designed to prepare artists to manage and lead on a local, regional or national scale; combine business strategy with community insights in innovative and resourceful ways; and connect artists, the arts, and audiences in ways that transform their communities. This program can be completed in five years along with a bachelor’s degree from the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU (Art, EMDA, Creative Writing, Music, or Theatre) or other arts-related course of study given the fact that a business minor is pursued at the undergraduate level. Otherwise, the program is a two-year graduate level program if no or very few undergraduate business courses have been accepted as prerequisites for the program. Acceptance into the program is based upon declaration and acceptance into the SOU graduate programs.
We offer our students the added benefits of small class sizes in a cohort system, which means you begin the MBA program with a group of students and continue throughout the program with those same students. Working in a cohort-based program has proven incredibly rewarding and has many advantages for developing future business leaders. The MBA program is accredited through the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
MBA Candidates can select a group of elective courses to comprise a concentration area. The program offers five concentration areas: Finance, Information Analysis and Decision Making, Human Resource, Marketing, and Accounting. Students who do not choose to have a concentration area may choose any course from the approved elective list provided each term. Whether or not a student is pursuing a concentration option, the total number of elective credits completed must be at least 14.
Course Descriptions & Schedules
Although no particular undergraduate major is required for admission, participants not having earned a business degree (or completed the equivalent business courses) may be required to demonstrate proficiencies in the areas of accounting, elementary statistics, economics, and/or computer applications. Participants may demonstrate their proficiencies in the above areas through testing or enrollment in the corresponding prerequisite course(s). All testing and required prerequisite courses must be completed by the close of the second term in the first year of the program. Failure to complete required prerequisite courses will result in termination from the program.
The prerequisite courses are numbered and titled as following:
BA 131 - Business Computer Application
BA 211 - Financial Accounting Online Tutorial and BA 213 Managerial Accounting
BA 282 - Business Statistics or Mth 243 Statistics
Econ 201 - Microeconomics or Econ202 Macroeconomics
Please see the current class schedule for availability of such courses.
To be considered as a qualified applicant, students must have completed a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university. All applicants are also required to meet one of the following criteria:
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) towards a baccalaureate degree (or towards a graduate degree program; i.e. Masters or higher),
OR submit a GMAT score of 500 or above (exam date within the past five years).
International applicants must also achieve TOEFL or IELTS scores of at least 540 (paper) or 207 (computer) or 76 (Internet) or apply to the SOU IEP (Intensive English Program) with completion of level 6 or higher.
Admission to SOU
Apply online: SOU Office of Admissions
Official transcripts from ALL universities or colleges attended for credit, official transcripts must be sent directly to the SOU Office of Admissions.
Admission to the MBA Program
Submit to the MBA Program Office (School of Business, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520):
A completed Application for the Master of Business Administration (download pdf fillable form)
Two evaluation forms (pdf form)
Statement of purpose (maximum 400 words)
GMAT test scores (500 or above), taken no more than five years previously. (Note: GMAT scores are only required for those who do not meet the GPA admissions criteria.) For more details about the GMAT exam, please visit this guide site.
For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 540 (paper), 207(computer), or 76 (internet).
Applicants should select two individuals to complete and submit evaluation forms on their behalf. The evaluators should be qualified to describe the applicant’s ability to succeed in this program based on their observations of the applicant's previous professional or academic work. Candidates are advised to consider requesting evaluations from people who know them in a variety of roles. Evaluations must be delivered in a sealed envelope directly from the evaluator to the MBA program office.
Statement of Purpose
Applicants are required to provide a maximum 400-word personal statement detailing their qualifications and motivation for participating in this degree program. This statement provides the selection committee with information on applicant's writing skills and the fit between an individual’s career goals and what this program can offer.
Applicants must submit a professional resume to provide a detailed and comprehensive view of their career history.
International participants in the MBA program bring a welcome diversity in experience and perspective. International applicants must meet all University and program requirements for admission. In addition, it is expected that international candidates demonstrate a command of English that exceeds the minimum standards set by the University, as the program’s courses are too demanding to accommodate remedial work in English. A TOEFL score of at least 540 (paper), 207 (computer), or 76 (Internet) is required for graduate study at SOU.
For more information, refer to the international student application form on the SOU website or contact the University Admissions office.
International Grad Application
The MBA Selection Committee, comprised of SOU administrators and faculty members, will review each application packet. Candidates are evaluated based on the overall quality of the information provided in the application packet. A limited number of students are accepted annually. Once the program is full, additional qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list for admission the following fall term. Applicants who do not meet one of the admissions criteria may be considered for conditional admission (see Conditional Admission below).
Applicants are notified in writing regarding admission status. For information on the status of an application, applicants should contact the MBA program coordinator.
Applicants may receive full admission to the MBA program if a complete application packet is submitted, all admission requirements have been met, a favorable recommendation has been granted by the MBA Selection Committee, and approval has been received from the school dean. Individuals who have been granted full admission to the SOU MBA program will be mailed a letter of acceptance. Once accepted, applicants will be required to sign and return an Admission Acknowledgment form to indicate their intention to accept admission to the MBA program.
Applicants may receive conditional admission to the SOU MBA program if they submit a complete application packet and show promise of success in graduate study, but have not yet met some of the admissions requirements (Bachelor's degree award still pending, GMAT or TOEFL scores not yet received.) To be considered for conditional admission, applicants must request consideration for review by the MBA Selection Committee. If the applicant is granted a favorable recommendation, completes an interview with the MBA Selection Committee, and admission slots are available, conditional admission may be granted. Students offered conditional admission must meet the specific requirements stated at the time of admission set forth by the MBA Selection Committee to remain in the MBA Graduate Program. Applicants granted conditional admission will receive a letter granting conditional admission and will be required to sign and return an Admission Acknowledgment form to indicate their intention to accept conditional admission to the MBA program.
Applicants granted conditional admission status must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for all MBA courses upon completion of their second term. Any applicant not maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above upon completion of their second term will not be allowed to continue in the program.
Applicants will be denied admission to the MBA program if an application packet is incomplete or does not meet the criteria or level of quality required by the MBA Selection Committee. Applicants denied admission will receive a denial letter.
- Application to MBA Program
- Application to Graduate from the MBA Program
- Evaluation Forms
- International Grad Application