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MBA Program Overview

The master of business administration, or MBA, at Pacific University is an innovative and horizon-broadening program that prepares students to work in a multitude of careers. With a core curriculum based in fundamental business principles, the program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills, as well as insights into innovative theories.

Designed for aspiring professionals and tomorrow's leaders, the MBA at Pacific University helps students broaden their knowledge, launch notable careers, and become leaders in the field. Students meet every-other-weekend at our Hillsboro Campus to learn from PhD-caliber professors and each other throughout the 15-month program.

As an MBA student, you will be empowered to unleash your creative ideas, and you will be guided by solid business knowledge in supply chain, accounting, finance and organizational behavior. With current business basics under your belt, you will be engaged in the application of your knowledge and, at all steps, be encouraged in innovative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Your ideas can change the world. Are you ready to learn how to put them into practice?


The Pacific University MBA faculty reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of economic leaders in the Pacific Northwest region and throughout the nation. In addition to the permanent faculty at Pacific University, the weekend intensive structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as program faculty. Some of our faculty teach full time; some share their expertise for set modules. Experienced business leaders also support the program through the Innovation Academy’s Executive Council.

Program Delivery

For great convenience in Washington County, classes are held at our Hillsboro Campus in the Health and Education District of downtown Hillsboro. The campus is on the MAX line at SE 8th and SE Washington, right in the heart of Hillsboro.

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MBA Course Descriptions

Students take the following eight core classes together as a cohort, followed by four electives of their choosing.

BUS 503 Economics for Managers (3)

A survey of both microeconomics (the study of individual and organizational decision-making), and macroeconomics, which investigates national and international concerns. Economic theory will be complemented by practical applications and discussions of current policy issues affecting business.

BUS 502 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3)

Accounting concepts and procedures used in preparation of corporate financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows. Measurement of reporting choices within Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Foundations of corporate financial statement analysis. Study use of accounting data in managing businesses by applying techniques for product costing, planning, control, and performance evaluation. Topics include: CVP analysis; variable, absorption, job, activity-based and standard costing; budgeting; responsibility accounting; capital budgeting.

BUS 501 Statistical Analysis and Thinking in Business (3)

The practical applications of statistics and the analysis of data to make meaningful organizational decisions. Topics include probability, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and quality improvement.

BUS 505 Organizational Behavior, Diversity & Leadership (3)

Intensive examination of behavioral science research and theory as a basis for understanding, managing and changing organizations. The course emphasizes effective management with diverse individuals.

BUS 508 Global Enterprise and International Management (3)

Strategies for entering new international markets and managing international operations. Discussion of cultural differences, regional economic integration and emerging markets.

BUS 511 Financial Management (3)

The finance function and its relation to other functions of a firm. Topics include: analysis and budgeting of funds, management of current assets, financing short-term and intermediate-term needs, planning long-term debt policy and capital structure, capital costs and budgeting, dividend policy, valuation, mergers and acquisition.

BUS 510 Marketing Management (3)

Analysis of the marketing effort and decision-making process in private, not-for-profit and public institutions. Normative models for decision-making in different marketing situations. Analytical tools available for appraising, diagnosing, organizing, planning and implementing market plans. Analysis of economic, social and political forces leading to change in the market place. Development of concepts useful in evaluating marketing situations, including those in the international setting.

BUS 509 Operations & Supply Chain Management (3)

A managerial level examination of operations strategy with emphasis on application of quantitative models as guides to managerial decision-making. Includes project management, product and service design, Just-In-Time (lean systems), mass customization, and systems thinking.

BUS 598 Strategic Management (3)

The application of strategic management concepts, principles and techniques through case analyses. Draws upon professional experience and concepts learned in other functional areas to develop a general management perspective and the ability to impact organizational direction and performance.


Four Elective Courses at 3-credits each from the following:

BUS 527 Applied Investment Management

Active management of funds allocated by numerous institutional investors. Encompasses investment policy statement (portfolio objectives, constraints, benchmarks, reports), performance evaluation/attribution, analysis (economic, industry, company), valuation, recommendations, portfolio rebalancing, trade execution, ethics of money management.

BUS 551 Managing Today’s Organizations: HR’s 360-degree view

This course explores the interpersonal dimensions of effective managerial behavior at the individual and team level and views human resource management from the perspective of the “line” manager. Topics include: the new world of work, cross-cultural management, diversity, talent management, performance management, motivation, and team dynamics. Students learn to increase organizational effectiveness by better managing themselves, other individuals, teams and stakeholders of the organization through a better understanding and heightening their Emotional Intelligence. Students also learn to diagnose and analyze individual and group behavior from different perspectives (using strategic, political and cultural lenses) and to prescribe appropriate courses of managerial action. 

BUS 545 Entrepreneurial Finance

This course examines the elements of entrepreneurial cash flow management, budget management, and financial risk management. The course addresses questions such as: how much money can and should be raised; when should it be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of the company; how to budget the use of capital and making dynamic adjustments; and how to control the financial risk of the operations.

BUS 520 Marketing Research and Communications

This course introduces the study of research, data analysis and application to business and marketing challenges while combining effective communication processes for dissemination and reporting.  While addressing research techniques, topics will include primary and secondary marketing research methodologies, communication strategies, case analysis, and the statistical evaluation of data sets. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate qualitative and quantitative work from existing case studies.

BUS 530 Advertising and Promotion

Examination of advertising and promotion principles from an integrated marketing communications perspective. Topics include consumer and market analysis, creative strategy, media selection, promotional budgeting, campaign evaluation, and agency relations. This course will provide a theoretical foundation for making effective advertising and promotion decisions. Students will gain an understanding of the role of advertising and promotions as it relates to other marketing functions such as branding and pricing, strategic advantages of an integrated marketing communication campaign as well as an understanding of the advertising industry and the social environment in which it operates.  

BUS 524 Technology and Innovation Management

An introduction to the study of technology and innovation management, including the phenomena of technology and the integral role it plays in the competitive development and growth of businesses. This course will focus on understanding the managerial aspects of technology in business organizations and how technology is critical in fostering competitive advantage.  Case studies will be used to provide students with an overview of corporate strategy as it relates to technology and innovation strategy. Case studies will emphasize the importance of developing, achieving and sustaining a technology based competitive advantage.   

MBA 538 Health Economics

Economics as a systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing and outcome of healthcare. Develops economics principles and describes system of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analying health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in earlier classes, students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction. 

MBA Healthcare Delivery Design & Innovation

This course focuses on providing the next generation of healthcare professionals with a skill competency level and understanding that will be critical to successful leadership; designing and creating new care delivery services and experiences. 

Total Credits: 39