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Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

The College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, as well as a Master of Business Administration.


The College of Business reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of finance-focused 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. Guest lectures and case presentations are a prominent feature of the program. Experienced business leaders also support the program through the Innovation Academy Executive Council.

Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), the College of Business (COB), and the College of Education (COE) follow the same admission criteria, academic standards and policies, degree requirements and academic calendar. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in these colleges pay the same tuition rate and may take courses offered by any of the three colleges.

A major in business administration prepares students to enter a wide range of careers in business and in the public sector or to enter graduate programs. The degree develops broadly educated individuals who are flexible, skilled at solving problems, aware of a diversity of viewpoints and responsive to rapidly changing environments. Students majoring in business administration plan core and elective courses in consultation with their faculty advisors to improve communication and analysis skills, to develop the strongest possible background in their areas of interest, and to achieve a well-rounded liberal arts education.

The mission of this major is to develop graduates with skills to manage organizations effectively and efficiently and to exercise responsible leadership. A broad business and liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes theoretical, applied and experiential learning is critical to this development. We offer a unique and a highly supportive learning environment, characterized by a relevant contemporary curriculum with innovative pedagogical methods.

The program strives to ensure that all of our business undergraduates will be proficient in the following common skills on successful completion of the program:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective writing
  • Technological competency
  • Effective oral communication
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Information literacy
  • Ethical decision making

Master of Business Administration

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.

Designed for students with a broad spectrum of backgrounds, the MBA at Pacific University helps students strengthen their business knowledge and become leaders in their chosen field.

Students will be empowered to unleash creative ideas and be guided by solid business knowledge in supply chain, accounting, finance and organizational behavior. Building on a foundation of current business basics, students will create real businesses, work with local industries, be mentored by successful entrepreneurs and, at all steps, be encouraged in innovative, out-of-the-box thinking.