The MBA Hub

Finding the Right MBA Program – 3 Questions to Consider

Deciding on the right graduate business program for you can be an overwhelming process -- with over 2000 MBA programs across the world, how do you choose the right one?

While there are a variety of online guides and printed resources to help answer that question, the following list can help provide a starting point for sorting through the noise of MBA program offerings.


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Interview with Dave Garten on the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

by Rebecca Freedman

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My interview with Dave Garten was succinct, much like the way he prefers his business briefs to be structured. The instructor of core Portland State MBA courses and Director of the MBA Capstone Consulting program had just returned from a flight back from Tajikistan, where he had taken part in the 2016 Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.


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May 1st Priority Admissions Deadline – Apply While Space is Available

By Abby Messenger


May 1st is our last official application deadline for Fall 2016 admissions! As a priority admissions deadline, it is the last date that we can guarantee space availability in our Fall 2016 cohort. With the deadline only a few weeks away, there are some helpful steps that you can take to ensure than your file is complete by May 1st:

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Tichelle Sorensen on Women of Influence

by Rebecca Freedman

For the past three years, Tichelle Sorensen has impacted the lives of hundreds of future female-leaders in her role as the academic director for the Portland State School of Business MBA program. Having already held a successful career as an attorney, Tichelle understands the challenges of male-dominated fields and preparing these women for the barriers ahead.

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Financing Your MBA – What You Need to Know


You're ready to pursue a graduate business degree, but you've now come to the all-important question: "how will I fnance it?"

Whether you are planning to apply for Fall 2016 or a future admissions cycle, we want to make sure that you have all the important details in front of you to gather your admissions materials, complete the online application, and set yourself up for success to finance the Portland State MBA.


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MBA Student, Rich Schwartz, Recaps the FoodWorx Conference

By Rich Schwartz


For the second year in a row I attended the annual FoodWorx event. Billed as a “Future of Food Conference”, the event covers many issues that are personally important to me, such as food justice, health and nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. This is the fourth year for the event, and the first time it was hosted on the Portland State campus.


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Demystifying the International Pre-Review Process

Our admissions committee works hard each year to admit students who will enrich classroom conversation and increase learning opportunities.


Strong work history, managerial experience, non-traditional undergraduate study, and distinct personal backgrounds are some indicators that our committee evaluates, but another area of importance is international citizenship.

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MBA Student Pitches at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network PitchFest

By AnnaRose Adams


On January 20th, two teams of first year MBA students competed in the first round of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) Early Stage Startup Fund. The teams were formed in fall term of 2015  in Charla Mathwick's Pioneering Innovation course where the focus of the course was to develop a business concept to meet a real market need. At the end of course, teams "pitched" their ideas and the most viable concepts were offered the chance to pitch for OEN seed funding. Teams Bülzi and Fütprintz were selected.


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Tags: current students, Entrepreneurs Organization, Entrepreneurship, MBA Students

A Conversation with John Tucker of Dave’s Killer Bread

By Jessica Ferrell, MBA ‘16


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I am, first and foremost, a food and beverage enthusiast and secondly a full time MBA student. So when asked to select a speaker to interview, John Tucker of Dave’s Killer Bread here in Portland, Oregon, was an immediate choice.


In the Portland State University MBA program, our professors constantly push us to make the “business case” for any social or environmental initiative that we are advocating for. It isn’t enough to say that it is the “right thing to do,” we have to tie each initiative to a measurable result and demonstrate how the initiative adds value to the business.

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Tags: Elevating Impact, food, MBA, social entrepreneurship

November 15th Deadline: Benefits of Applying Early


Ready to start your application to the Portland State MBA? You can begin today! With a new application and admissions process launched this month for the 2016 admissions cycle, let us catch you up on what’s new and why it’s beneficial to plan for our upcoming November 15th Early Admission deadline.

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Portland State's MBA program has earned numerous accolades, including a 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report rating of #1 in the world — for small schools — for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.