MBA Program at Oregon Christian College Offers Option of Adding a Concentration to Business Degree

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Students in George Fox University School of Business program may take nine additional hours in finance, organizational strategy or strategic resource management this fall

The purpose of our new MBA concentrations program is to respond to the needs of MBA graduates who are interested in enriching their MBA with further education in specialized areas

Students enrolled in George Fox University’s Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program will have the option of adding nine hours in one of three concentrations – finance, organizational strategy or strategic resource management – beginning this fall.

The additional hours of credit are available as an option with the 42-credit general MBA degree. Thus, a total of 51 credits are required to earn an MBA with a concentration. The additional hours also may be applied toward a graduate business certificate for those individuals who already hold an MBA or other approved master’s degree and wish to further their education in a specific area of study.

George Fox offers two MBA options – a Full-Time MBA program at its Newberg, Ore., campus that allows students to complete their degree in 11 months, and a Part-Time MBA program that can be completed in 26 months at the school’s Portland Center (near Tigard), as well as in downtown Portland or Boise, Idaho.

The full-time MBA hosts classes Monday through Thursday and includes a Friday seminar course for which students regularly visit corporations in the greater Portland area. Cohorts begin in August and end in June.

The part-time program is designed for working professionals who wish to earn a degree while still working full time. Classes meet once a week, from 6 to 10 p.m., and occasional Saturdays. Cohorts begin in September and January.

The addition of three concentration options gives students the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of business.

“The purpose of our new MBA concentrations program is to respond to the needs of MBA graduates who are interested in enriching their MBA with further education in specialized areas,” said Dirk Barram, interim dean of the School of Business. “In addition, our current MBA students have long expressed a desire for the opportunity to study specific areas of business in greater depth.”

The finance concentration focuses on the skills necessary to understand complex financial issues through the problem-solving and practical application of case studies in financial statement analysis, forecasting, investments, business valuation and global finance issues.

The organizational strategy concentration explores multiple topics in strategy, including leading strategic change, global strategy considerations, the triple bottom line strategic approach, and how initiatives such as environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility may shape and influence strategy.

Finally, the strategic human resource management concentration uses interactive workshops to prepare students who seek to advance or create a career in HR for influential and strategic work in the field, particularly in the areas of leadership, management and administration.

In addition to its two MBA programs, George Fox’s School of Business offers a 56-credit-hour Doctor of Business Administration program that prepares Christian business educators to teach effectively in the college or university classroom. The three-year course features online classes, web-enhanced hybrid courses, and three residency visits to its Newberg, Ore., campus.

At the undergraduate level, the university offers degrees in finance, economics, accounting, global business, entrepreneurship, marketing and management.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Robin Halverson
Admissions Counselor, MBA programs

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