The MBA at SOU


An MBA degree can open the door to increased opportunities over the course of a career. Earning the SOU MBA degree will enhance:

·       Job marketability

·       Leadership abilities

·       Skills that lead to business success

·       Business networking opportunities

·       Personal and professional growth

The SOU MBA program features a highly interactive and practical approach to learning. The ability to work closely with faculty, fellow program participants, and executives provides tremendous networking opportunities.

What is an MBA?

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a widely recognized degree highly sought after by those looking to gain an edge in the business world.

The MBA is open to individuals from a wide range of academic disciplines who have previously completed a bachelor's degree.

An MBA education provides students a broad knowledge base in all the major functions and practices of a business (accounting, marketing, finance, operations management, organizational behavior, economics, and information systems) and further develops managerial skill sets and core competencies necessary for business success. Against this backdrop, the critical topics of leadership, teamwork, ethics, and effective communication are embedded in the program to further broaden skills necessary to become more effective managers. The SOU MBA program is accredited through the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The SOU Difference

SOU offers a high quality education in a small classroom environment. All our classes are taught directly by our expert faculty who bring extensive knowledge, dedication and industry experience to the program. 

We offer our students the added benefits of 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 skill set of working productively on projects with colleagues will prove invaluable as you enter into new and changing job markets.

Out of 130 schools tested each year, SOU consistently scores in the top 25% on the Major Field Test. This is the only test of its kind to measure MBA student aptitude in universities all around the country.

One Program, Two Formats

The MBA program at SOU is offered in two formats designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals. Students for both programs can begin in any term. While the two programs have the same curricular requirements, students choose and stay in the same format until completion. A one-time change may be allowed, however.

  • Evening MBA Program (Ashland Campus)
    • Classes are offered weekday evenings at the SOU Ashland campus.
    • Program may be completed in one calendar year (4 quarters: fall, winter, spring, summer)

·       Online MBA Program

o   May be completed in 16 months (6-7 consecutive quarters: fall, winter, spring, summer, fall, winter, spring)

Full-Time MBA Course Plan for the Evening Program

Applicants planning to complete the evening program in one year must start the program in the fall,. MBA core courses for the full-time MBA program are taught primarily Mondays through Thursdays in the late afternoons and evenings on the Ashland campus, and sometimes on Saturdays at the Higher Education Center in Medford or at the Ashland Campus. Offered once section in the same term each year, the core MBA courses are taught in sequence beginning in fall quarter. This program may be completed in one calendar year (fall, winter, spring, summer) if all core courses are successfully completed during the year. Elective courses are offered in various formats (face-to-face day or evening, online, hybrid).

Part-Time MBA Course Plan for the Evening Program

Participants take two or three courses each term. The program follows the SOU academic calendar which allows for periodic breaks between quarters. 

Both the full time and part-time MBA evening programs are designed on a cohort model; all participants start and proceed through the program together. The part-time program requires 18 to 21 months to complete. Core MBA courses are taught in sequence for six consecutive quarters (fall, winter, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Elective courses are offered in various formats (online, hybrid, face-to-face Saturdays or weekday evenings) and must be discussed with and approved by the MBA program coordinator.

Concentration Option:

MBA candidates in the Evening Program can select a group of elective courses to comprise a concentration area. The Program offers eight concentration areas: Business Analytics, Finance, Information Analysis and Decision Making, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Nonprofit, Accounting, and Arts Management.

Generalist Option:

Students who do not choose to have a concentration area may choose any course from the list of approved electives.

Whether or not a student is pursuing a concentration option, the total number of elective credits completed must be at least 12.

MBA Concentration Areas

MBA for the Arts Concentration

Admission to SOU and the MBA Program

The application for admission to the Evening and Online MBA programs is straightforward.

1.     Apply online: SOU Office of Admissions

2.     Send official transcripts from ALL universities or colleges attended for credit, official transcripts directly to the SOU Office of Admissions.

Admission status is based mainly on overall undergraduate degree GPA and work experience. Please see Admission Status section below for details.

Admission Status (Evening and Online Programs)

Full Admission

Applicants who meet any of the conditions below will be given a full admission status:

·       Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above either in overall GPA or in the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) toward a baccalaureate degree (or toward a graduate degree program), or

·       2.75 to less than 3.0 GPA with three years of work experience.

Provisional Admission

·       Less than 2.75 GPA with three years of work experience.

Important Note: Students admitted on a provisional status must earn a B or better grade in courses taken their first term in the program in order to continue in the program.

Additional Requirement for International Students (Evening Program)

International applicants must submit the following along with their application:

·       Submit official transcripts from your prior universities, including an English-language version.

·       Send a copy of your university diploma.

·       Submit official English Proficiency exam results.

Application and Admission Decision Timeline
Applications are accepted throughout the year and we encourage students to apply as early as possible. Admission decisions are made approximately 2-3 weeks (10-14 business days) after the receipt of all required admission documents.

To apply for admission, visit

English Language Proficiency Requirements

International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving the minimum required score on one of these standardized exams:


Minimum Score: Graduates











For more information, please visit the following English Proficiency Websites: TOEFL; IETLS; ELS

Students from the following countries do not need to provide proof of English Proficiency:
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, St. Kitt and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Minimum Criteria
International applicants will follow the same admissions criteria for full and provisional admission status. Your GPA will be calculated by the Southern Oregon University upon receipt of your official documents.

Transcripts and English Proficiency
Transcripts and English proficiency results will not be accepted as faxes, scans, photocopies or already opened documents. Documents will not be returned after they are received by SOU, and must be translated into English.

Application and Admission Decision Timeline
Applications are accepted throughout the year and we encourage students to apply as early as possible. Admission decisions are made approximately 2-3 weeks (10-14 business days) after the receipt of all required admission documents.

Maintaining Good-standing Status in the Program (Evening and Online Programs)

1.     MBA candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 throughout the program.


2.     If a candidate’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the candidate will be placed on academic probation and be notified by the Online MBA Program Coordinator of the probation status.


3.     A candidate placed on academic probation must petition the Online MBA Program Coordinator via email to for Online Program students, or for Evening Program Students with subject heading Petition for Continuation – Last Name, First Name (940-XXX-XXX).


4.     If permission for continuation is granted, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above must be achieved by the candidate by the following term. Failure to do so will result in automatic termination from the program.


5.     Candidates placed on academic probation a second time will automatically be terminated from the program.

Graduation Requirements (Evening and Online Programs)

1.     All MBA courses must be taken for a letter grade (P/NP option will not be accepted). Credit toward the degree will not be assigned for any course with a final grade lower than a B- (B minus). Courses with final grade lower than a B- must be repeated.


2.     All MBA coursework must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify for graduation.


3.     Completion of the 33-credit core courses and a minimum of 12 elective courses.


4.     An application for graduation and the associated fee must be filed by the MBA candidate one term prior to the last term in the program.


Ask the Advisor

Welcome to Southern Oregon University.  My name is Dr. René Leo E. Ordoñez, and I am the coordinator and advisor of the MBA Program. You will not only have me as your advisor, but you will have me as an instructor as well. Please give me a call or send an email if you have questions about the MBA program.

MBA Program
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 552-6720
Fax: (541) 552-6715

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