Student Experiences

Pacific University makes you feel that you matter, knows you by name and unleashes your potential. Its MBA degree program builds up on your experience and fortifies your critical thinking by leading you to explore outside the box. Pacific’s dedicated professors bring a variety of rich real case scenarios, some of which are from their own personal experiences. Completing my MBA degree with finance concentration at Pacific transformed my career from having a national reach to global business. Pacific University contributes greatly to my career growth; a passive investment with unceasing returns.

Erika Chavez, MBA '19

Erika worked with the Portland Trail Blazers prior to earning her MBA at Pacific University in 2021. After graduating, she obtained a position as a financial analyst at Nike in Beaverton, Ore.

Why do students choose a Pacific University MBA?

When searching for an MBA program, I was immediately drawn to Pacific’s flexibility to attend class in-person or online. The staff truly care for your individual success and it was a lot more affordable considering books were covered and there were no hidden fees.

Josh Coyle, MBA '23

I valued Pacific’s 15 month MBA program that included ample vacation time to rejuvenate and optional activities that included a self-paced 5-week orientation, a one-week domestic corporate landscape tour, and a week-long international excursion.

Fernando Lira, MBA '22

I appreciated that I did not have to have an undergraduate business degree, and because of the high-quality faculty and smaller class size, I felt that I would be successful in the Pacific MBA program.

Priscilla Chizombwe, MBA ‘23

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Pacific University’s MBA program provides me the work-life balance to succeed at work and in the classroom. It has given me the opportunity to connect with healthcare professionals to collaborate on existing issues impacting the healthcare system. I have been able to make connections with people outside of healthcare as well, which has allowed me to gain perspective on business solutions relevant to healthcare.

Owen Tau-a, MBA '22

Upon entering the MBA, Owen was working at Yamato Transport. While in class, Owen took advantage of the opportunity to network within the cohort, and was offered a position at Eye Health NorthWest.

What is the future demand for MBA degrees?

An MBA is a key component of many management-level employment requirements and broader career paths. A Pacific MBA helps students develop a strong understanding of trends across the economy, preparing them to enter the job market and use their education to its fullest extent. Predictions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate strong growth in management positions overall, with an 8% average increase in supervisory-level employment expected across all professions by 2026, creating 807,000 jobs.

While entry into management positions in industries ranging from natural science to public relations requires only a bachelor, a significant number of more senior and important roles in those fields require applicants to have an MBA degree. The advantage of holding an MBA degree when competing for high-level managerial positions is undeniable. Additionally, even without experience, having an MBA can put you at a competitive advantage against someone with years of experience but no advanced degree.

Class structure truly supports working while obtaining your MBA. The unique hybrid class not only allows you to be flexible, but it still offers the networking benefits of an in person cohort. Focusing on only one class at a time makes this accelerated program possible. Classes build upon each other so that content learned in earlier classes are applied throughout the year. This adds depth and introduces application to your understanding of the material.”

Corene Elia, MBA ‘22

Corene entered the Healthcare Management MBA Program with a background as the Medical Laboratory Manager at the Vancouver Clinic.

Where do our Alumni work?

Pacific MBA alums work in various settings, from fortune 500 companies to large healthcare systems. Additionally, we have students who have started their own businesses related to marketing or financial consulting, and those students holding dual degrees in a health profession and MBA often open their own clinics or purchase an established clinic.

What does a typical week look like for an MBA student?

With a working professional program, an MBA candidate will work regular hours Monday through Thursday at their current job. Every other Friday, the student will leave work at 2:30 pm, or sooner, depending on the distance traveled, to head to class (unless the student attends via Zoom). At 3:00 pm, students begin class for the night.

During class, there will be lectures with student participation, teamwork, and breakout rooms for those on Zoom. In many classes, time is given to work on assigned team projects. Additionally, faculty are available to help with homework assignments.

At 8 pm, the class will finish, and students will be back on Saturday morning at 9 am.  Saturday classes are structured similarly to Friday, but end at 6 pm.

Following the weekend of classes, you will have twelve days before your next onsite or Zoom class. During this time, you will have various assignments and readings due. Students typically spend 10 to 15 hours a week on MBA homework.

Fortunately, you are part of a close-knit cohort that supports one another in and out of class. Additionally, faculty are available at convenient times to answer questions as they arise.