The MBA program at the Southern Oregon University School of Business is Nationally Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The MBA provides students with a broad knowledge base in the major functions and practices of a business. It is open to students from a wide range of academic disciplines who have previously completed a bachelor’s degree. No particular undergraduate major is required for admission.

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Why study MBA at Southern Oregon University?

The SOU School of Business offers a range of advantages for international students.

  • Small class sizes:
    Average of just 26 per class throughout the School of Business
  • Community involvement:
    Second year students are required to participate in a community learning activity: an internship or business research project.
  • Experienced faculty:
    Most professors have extensive business experience and use real-world examples to demonstrate course concepts.
  • Hands-on experience:
    The School of Business offers hands-on experience in diverse local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • Professional skills development:
    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, comprehensive professional instruction and supple guidance.
    The program further develops managerial skill sets and core competencies in nine optional concentration areas.

Key facts

  • Students can choose a generalist option or concentration option: see more detail below in Program structure
  • Length: up to 2 years
  • OPT eligible
  • Start date: Fall semester


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 2.99 GPA with three years of work experience.

Conditional Admission Status

  • Less than 3.0 but at least 2.75 GPA with less than 3 years of work experience, or
  • Less than 2.75 GPA with three years of work experience.
  • Students admitted on a Conditional status must earn a B or better grade in the courses taken during the first term in the program in order to continue.

English language

  • TOEFL iBT 76 / IELTS 6.0


  • Resume 
  • Three professional references

Program content

Core Courses - 33 credits

Generalist Option:

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

Concentration Option:

Students can also select a group of elective courses to comprise a concentration area.


Business Analytics


Healthcare Administration

Human Resources

Information Analysis and Decision Making


Nonprofit Management


Arts Management

Students pursuing this concentration option must take the following course either prior to admission or concurrently while enrolled in the program:

In addition to the regular core MBA 33 credits, students under this concentration must complete the following courses (17 credits):

Required (minimum 9 credits):

Select two of the following (8 credits):

Career opportunities

Graduates from the program have high earning potential:

  • Salary range $64,840 – $124,928*

* Median Salary of $76,840 (based on national average)

Typical career development opportunities include the following sectors:

  • Advertising
  • Business Strategy
  • E-business
  • Financial and Management Controls
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Supply-chain Management
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Logistics and Distribution Management
  • Marketing Executive
  • Retail Management
  • Sales Executive
  • Business/Data Analysis
  • Investment Banker
  • Accounting
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Management Consultant
  • Operational Researcher
  • Product/Project/Risk Manager
  • Social Media
  • Stockbroker
  • Sustainability Consultant

Optional Practical Training (OPT

100% success rate in obtaining OPT and employers include:

  • Kidiliz Group USA
  • JWA Public Affairs
  • Make it Happen Marketing
  • Liberated Life
  • Local Accountant firm in Ashland
  • Newman Hotel Group
  • Dynamic Events
  • TEC Equipment (doing accounting)
  • Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance Foundation and more...

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