The MBA at SOU


Benefits of an MBA

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.

  • Full-Time MBA Program
    • Classes are offered weekday evenings at the SOU Ashland campus.
    • Program may be completed in one calendar year (4 quarters: fall, winter, spring, summer)
  • Part-Time MBA Program
    • Program may be completed in 18-21 months (6-7 consecutive quarters: fall, winter, spring, summer, fall, winter, spring)

Full-Time MBA Course Plan

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Applicants planning to complete the program in one year must start the program in the fall, and have completed all required prerequisite courses. 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 Saturdays at the Higher Education Center in Medford. Core MBA courses are taught in sequence beginning in fall quarter. This program may be completed in one calendar year (fall, winter, spring, summer). Elective courses are offered in various formats (face-to-face day or evening, online, hybrid) and must be discussed with and approved by the MBA program coordinator.

Part-Time MBA Course Plan

Participants take two core courses each term, except for the first term when there is an additional 1-credit Ethics course. The program follows the SOU academic calendar which allows for periodic breaks between quarters. The part-time MBA program is 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.

Generalist Option:

Students who do not choose to have a concentration area may choose any course from the approved elective list provided each term.

Concentration Option:

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.

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

MBA Core Course Descriptions

SOU Class Schedule

MBA Concentration Areas

MBA for the Arts

Program Prerequisites

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.

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Admissions Criteria

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:

  1. 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),
  2. OR submit a GMAT score of 500 or above (exam date within the past five years).
  3. 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):

  1. A completed Application for the Master of Business Administration (download pdf fillable form)
  2. Two evaluation forms (pdf form)
  3. Statement of purpose (maximum 400 words)
  4. Professional resume
  5. 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.
  6. For international students, a TOEFL score of at least 540 (paper), 207(computer), or 76 (internet).

Evaluation Forms

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.

Professional Resume

Applicants must submit a professional resume to provide a detailed and comprehensive view of their career history.

International Applicants

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

Candidate Selection

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.

Admission Status

Full Admission

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.

Conditional Admission

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change from year to year as determined by the Oregon University System.  For the most current rates and for information on residency, refer to the Enrollment Services web page. Nonresidents may be assessed a slightly higher rate per credit. (Summer term fees may vary.)

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for scholarships and loans. 

Visit the SOU Financial Aid web page for application information.

Contact Information for Enrollment Services and Financial Aid:
Britt Hall 1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 552-6600   Fax: (541) 552-6035



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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