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Master of Business Administration

On-Campus • Online • Onsite

Industry leaders respect the MBA as a sign you are ready for greater levels of responsibility and compensation. Work full-time or have a packed schedule? On-campus and onsite courses are taught one evening per week to accommodate students with busy lives.

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All MBA students are required to accomplish 45-credit hours of graduate coursework.  Course descriptions can be found in the online Academic Catalog.

MBA Required Classes:

(Complete all 30 Course Credits)

  • BA 501 Managerial Communication – 3 credits – Fall term
  • BA 502 Organizational Management and Leadership – 3 credits – Fall term
  • BA 503 Marketing Strategies and Techniques – 3 credits – Fall term
  • BA 504 Entrepreneurial Finance – 3 credits – Winter term
  • BA 505 Creativity and Innovation – 3 credits – Winter term
  • BA 506 Global Business Intelligence – 3 credits – Winter term
  • BA 508 Sustainable Competitive Advantage – 3 credits – Spring term
  • BA 509 Optimization – 3 credits – Spring term
  • BA 511 Operational Decision Making – 3 credits – Spring term
  • BA 699 MBA Capstone Simulations – 3 credits – Summer and Fall 2019

MBA Elective Classes:

(Complete 15 Course Credits)

  • BA 521 Business and the Environment  – 3 credits – Fall term
  • BA 522 Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Effectiveness – 3 credits – Fall term
  • BA 510 Special Topics (Contact advisor)  – 3 credits – Winter term
  • BA 523 Alternative Business Strategies – 3 credits – Winter term
  • BA 524 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity – 3 credits – Winter term
  • BA 525 Strategic Agribusiness Management  - 3 credits – Spring term
  • BA 526 Taxes and Business Strategy – 3 credits – Spring term
  • BA 527 Advanced Accounting Theory – 3 credits – Fall 2019

Prerequisite Knowledge

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree in business or related degree (Agribusiness, Finance, Accounting, Economics, etc.) from an accredited institution.   Applications without this are still encouraged to apply but will be asked to demonstrate competency in 13 core concept areas including management, marketing, finance, accounting and other core business principles.  Competency must be demonstrated prior to beginning the program and can be demonstrated through academic record, online preparatory courses, testing, or professional work experience and certifications.

Program Length

Beginning Fall 2018, a new MBA program with courses being 3 credits rather than the former of 5 credits. A student can choose how they want to distribute the courses but to complete the program in five terms, the student must take three (3) classes each term for five terms. Students can select any array of classes and could take up to 15 terms to complete the program if they only take one class each term. However, a student must be a full-time student (3 classes for 9 credits) to receive financial aid.


MBA Grading Policy

Any student who receives a grade lower than a B- in any MBA course will be placed on probation and must meet with the MBA Program Coordinator.  A second grade below a B- within the program will result in suspension from the program.  In order to be reinstated, the student must meet with the MBA Faculty Committee and re-take at least one of the courses.  Any grade below a C- is an unacceptable grade and the course must be repeated for a grade of B- or higher.  In addition, students must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average in the program in order to graduate.

Eastern Oregon University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.

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Q: What can I do with an MBA degree?
A: An MBA is an advanced business degree. Earning an MBA can lead to a higher salary, a position in management, and marketability in an ever-evolving job market. Effectively, with an MBA you provide yourself more value in just about every workplace.

Q: How much greater is my earning potential with an MBA degree?

A: The earning potential from an MBA depends on a lot of factors, for example, your professional experience before you earn the degree, the field you are interested, where you want to work, and the type of company – small vs large – you want to work for.  In general, it is fair to say your ability to get and keep a job will improve (see MBA Employment 2013).  Your salary ranges will depend on the area you want a career (see MBA Payscale).

Q: How long is the MBA program?

A: You can choose to complete the MBA program in as few as five 11-week quarters (or 15 months) or up to four years.

Q: When can I start?

A: You may begin the program in Fall term or Spring term (starting in 2019).

Q: Can I earn an MBA degree if I live outside of La Grande?

A: Yes! We not only offer the MBA program on campus in La Grande, but also online, on-site in Gresham, OR, or through video-conferencing connections between live on-campus courses at sites in Hermiston and Ontario. *Subject to site availability.

Q: Do I need to have a specific degree to qualify for the MBA program?

A: The ideal preparation for the MBA program is an undergraduate degree in Business or a closely related field (Ag Business, Economics, Accounting, etc). If you do not have an undergraduate degree in Business, you will need to show competency in core business principle areas through transcripted course work or approved on-line courses.  Alternatively, if you have significant experience in the business world, this could be considered via resumes, certifications, and documented trainings.

Q: When do I need to submit my application?

A: May 15th is the deadline for full consideration, but application deadlines may be extended beyond this date. Applications are on a first come, first review basis. Your application must be complete before it will be reviewed. See the MBA website for current deadlines.

Q: What admission tests do I need to take?

A: If your GPA is below a 3.0, you must submit a GRE or GMAT Score with your application.

Q: What is the application fee?

A: There is no application fee!

Q: Can I work while in the program?

A: Absolutely! The on-campus programs hold courses one evening per week, allowing MBA students the ability to work and go to school. And the online program is most flexible!

Q: What kind of financial aid is available?

A: For financial aid please contact the Financial Aid Department at (800) 452-8639 or (541) 962-3550. You can also view specific Business scholarship/grant opportunities.

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Step 1:  Complete the prerequisites for your program.

MBA Prerequisites


Transfer Credits

The Program Coordinator may approve as many as 10-quarter hours of graduate credit into the MBA program. Not all graduate business courses from other institutions may be transferable. The transfer is made on a case-by-case basis.

Step 2:  Review Program Checklist.

MBA Checklist (PDF)

Step 3:  Apply to EOU Graduate Admission and the Graduate Program

EOU Graduate Admission Application

Step 4:  Complete the MBA Program Application.

MBA Application

*In order to fill out your application electronically, download and save the form to your computer.

Application deadline is May 15, 2018


Submit your completed application to:

Janet Frye, MBA Office Coordinator
One University Blvd. – ZH 255
La Grande, OR 97850


Additional questions, please contact Kristin Johnson, MBA Pre-Admissions Advisor, at 541.962.3529 or kristin.johnson@eou.edu.

Eastern Oregon University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.

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“As a full-time working professional, taking classes online was the best option for my busy schedule. EOU’s remarkable staff made my transition seamless and the instructors challenged me to succeed. Even though the tuition is already very affordable, there were many scholarship opportunities that helped me finance my education. I had such a positive experience that I decided to continue my education with EOU’s MBA program this fall.”

Lacey Towers, '17
Business Administration
Vale, Ore.

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On Campus

Each class meets five times per term on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Courses alternate weeks in a term.  For example, BA 530 will meet on weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. BA 550 will meet on weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.  In the “off” week for either course, students will be given web-based instruction and individual or group work.

EOU Gresham

Courses are delivered on Thursday evenings, five times per term, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.  Classes alternate weeks during the term. For example, BA 530 meets on weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 of the term. BA 550 meets on weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 of the term. In the “off” weeks, students utilize web-based instruction and individual or group work.

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Students who choose to participate in our MBA program online will benefit from a curriculum identical to our on campus program.  Online students can take one or both courses each term.  As with our on campus program, students are only allowed to enter the MBA program in Fall term of each year.

Cost to Attend

2017-18 On Campus 2017-18 On Line/On Site

We make it convenient!

  • Complete in five (5) terms
  • Small class sizes and full-time faculty
  • Individual and personal attention from application to graduation.

The best value in the Pacific Northwest!

Muslim Educational Trust


Our partnership with the Muslim Educational Trust offers on-site MBA classes in Tigard.

  • Evening classes coordinate with your busy schedule
  • Advance your career with a Master’s of Business Administration
  • Accessible, affordable education for all students

Be the BOSS!

Give your bachelor’s degree an upgrade with our innovative MBA program. An MBA degree is key to unlocking the doors of opportunity for a lifetime.


For more information about this program contact:

Kristin Johnson
T. 541-962-3529
E. kristin.johnson@eou.edu

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