MBA FAQ

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.