University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business ranked top part-time MBA program in Oregon by U.S. News & World Report

Awards and Rankings


March 17, 2017

The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked 84th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School rankings. The Pamplin School of Business is ranked highest out of Oregon institutions that offer part-time MBA programs. The full rankings can be seen on U.S. News & World Report’s website.

“With MBA programs so competitive, the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings are endorsement of the quality and excellence of our program,” said Robin Anderson, dean of the Pamplin School of Business. “It is gratifying to see how our program has grown over the past years, including rising 50 spots in the rankings in just the past five years. I credit these results to the hard work and determination of our faculty and staff.” Anderson added that rankings like these enable the Pamplin School of Business to continue to successfully recruit high quality faculty to the school.

Part-time MBA programs like those of the Pamplin School of Business have become popular with people who want to pursue advanced business degrees, but who have full-time jobs or family obligations which prevent them from enrolling as full-time students. Part-time MBA programs offer evening and and weekend classes and the flexibility for individuals to complete the classes at their own pace.

Pamplin School of Business MBA Program
The University of Portland’s MBA curriculum focuses on contemporary leadership by challenging graduate students to think cross-functionally about a variety of large and small business issues. Six areas of concentration are offered in the program, including entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, strategy, sustainability, and operations & technology management. The full curriculum can be seen on the program’s website.

There are four universities in Oregon with part-time MBA programs that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and were included in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. These include the University of Portland, which was ranked highest in the state at #84, followed by Oregon State University (#103), Portland State University (#130), and Willamette University (#204). The University of Oregon, also accredited by AACSB, was not included in these rankings. Other Oregon schools with part-time MBA programs are not accredited by AACSB and therefore not included in these rankings.

About the Methodology
The U.S. News & Word Report part-time MBA rankings are based on five factors, determined by statistical data collected in the fall of 2016 and in early 2017.

  • Average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school's overall score).
  • Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative and verbal scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2016 (15 percent). U.S. News uses both GMAT and GRE scores if an MBA program reports both, which allows us to take into account the admissions test scores of the entire entering class.
  • Average undergraduate GPA of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2016 (5 percent).
  • Number of years of work experience of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2016, with more experience scoring higher in the rankings (15 percent).
  • Percentage of the business school's fall 2016 MBA enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program, with a higher percentage that is part time scoring higher in the rankings (15 percent).


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