The University of Oregon’s Charles H. Lundquist College of Business is a relatively small, green-oriented school offering an “excellent program in sustainable business practices,” a particularly “strong entrepreneurship tract,” and a top-ranked sports marketing and business program that, according to many students, is the “premier” program of its kind in the nation. As one very satisfied student puts it, “I would not have even looked at Oregon as an option if it weren’t for its renowned sports business program.” The Warsaw Sports Marketing program also offers its students the “opportunity to combine studies in corporate finance with the sports industry.” One student working toward an MBA in sustainable business praises the school’s “interdisciplinary nature” and its “ability to work directly with companies to consult on real world issues.” However, based on the feedback we have received, the administration and faculty don’t do a lot of hand holding when it comes to the students. While students “benefit from personal attention from the teaching staff in terms of advice on courses, career paths, and general resources,” MBA candidates are expected to take full ownership of their studies and be proactive in their job search. The role sustainability plays in Oregon’s MBA program cannot be overstated. The College of Business’s MBA in sustainable business was established in 2008, and its popularity has only grown since then. Many students come to Oregon specifically to earn their MBA at the school’s relatively new Center for Sustainable Business Practices housed in the Lillis Business Complex, a LEED silver certified facility and one of the most environmentally friendly buildings of its kind in the country. “Business schools are a dime a dozen,” says one sports business student, “I knew I wanted a school that offered a top-flight entrepreneurship focus, and the University of Oregon was tops on my list, but, beyond that, there is substantial value in being surrounded by students who are also staunchly interested in entrepreneurship.” In addition to Oregon’s lauded programs in sports management, sustainability, and entrepreneurship, a number of dual-degree programs are also available, including a JD/MBA and MS/MBA with varying concentrations, as well as individual programs in finance, supply chain management, accounting, and media/entertainment. An Executive MBA program, which is located in Portland, is also offered. There are almost 200 students in the graduate business programs, with approximately 100 of them pursuing an MBA. The age range of students is mid 20s to early 30s, and many in the program tend to arrive with at least a couple years of work experience, with backgrounds ranging from large corporations to small non-profit firms. Most students feel this helps provide students with a “well-rounded view of issues” that isn’t disconnected from “real-world experiences.” During students’ second year of study, full-time MBA students also participate in a strategic planning project over the course of two terms. Through this experiential learning program, small student groups work as consultants to major Northwest businesses, including Adidas, Amazon, Hewlett Packard, and Intel.
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