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Portland State University School of Business Administration

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Type  Public
Administrative staff  30
Undergraduates  3,000
Founded  1961
Established  1961
Students  3,500
Endowment  11 million USD
Postgraduates  500
Portland State University School of Business Administration httpswwwpdxedusbasiteswwwpdxedusbafile
Dean  Scott Dawson, Ph.D., Vergil Miller Professor

The Portland State University School of Business Administration (SBA) is located in Portland, Oregon. It offers bachelor’s, master’s, and post-baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate and minor programs in business. The school has corporate outreach activities ranging from classroom appearances by local executives to internship programs, student consulting projects, and regular conferences and community events.



Portland State University has offered courses in business since its founding as a college in 1946. In the early years, all business classes were offered under the Social Science Division with Dr. George Hoffman as the department head. In 1961 all business courses were separated from the Social Science Department and placed in the newly created Division of Business Administration, headed by Dr. Donald E. Parker.

In 2009 the SBA began offering a joint MBA in Healthcare Management with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) as a part-time degree program for mid-career professionals.


The School of Business Administration building is centrally located on the Portland State University campus at 631 SW Harrison Street in downtown Portland.

In 2016, the School of Business will break ground on a new 135,000-square-foot (12,500 m2) building. The $60 million project, known as the Grow With Us Building Campaign, was conceived by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects. The design strives to surpass The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification requirements set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council.


As of 2011 The School of Business Administration has 46 tenure-tracked professors and 17 full-time fixed-term professors. The faculty is active on editorial boards of leading research journals such as Annals of Cases in Information Technology, Information, Technology, & People, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Management, Journal of International Information Systems, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Research Methods, Personnel Psychology, and Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. Professor Talya Bauer currently serves as Editor of the Journal of Management and Professor David Raffo serves as Co-Editor of the International Journal of Software Process: Improvement and Practice.

In 2007, SBA faculty collectively gave 63 national and International presentations, wrote 60 journal articles, and were involved with five books. In addition, faculty members earned 18 grants from such sources as the National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation.

Centers and institutes

  • Center for Real Estate [1]
  • Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability [2]
  • Food Industry Leadership Center [3]
  • Business Outreach Program
  • Center for Professional Integrity and Accountability
  • Rankings

  • 2007-2008 Beyond Grey Pinstripes - MBA+ Program is ranked 22nd worldwide for its emphasis on social and environmental stewardship.
  • U.S. News and World Report - MBA+ Program in top 25 percent of all AACSB accredited full-time MBA programs
  • Notable alumni

  • Scott Davis (1974) - business executive, CEO of United Parcel Service
  • Timeline

    1946 Portland State College founded
    1960 Student Marketing Association formed
    1961 Business courses segregated from Social Sciences Division, placed in Division of Business Administration
    1962 various departments created within School of Business Administration
    1963 Accounting listed as a distinct department
    1966 Management listed as a distinct department, International Marketing Certificate Program founded
    1969 Portland State College gains University status
    1977 American Accounting Association conference held at PSU
    1979 Fall term enrollment hits record 2,713
    2009 Joint MBA in Healthcare Management with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) first offered


    Portland State University School of Business Administration Wikipedia

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