Change-makers, go-getters and trailblazers drive progress in business and in life. Be one.

Get your foot in the door with a multinational corporation and work your way up. Turn a great idea into your own startup. Help a small business  become a bigger one. Apply your skills in a public agency or nonprofit. However you want to make your mark, Oregon State University offers vibrant, relevant programs to get you going.

We emphasize innovation, real-world experience and corporate citizenship throughout the curriculum. You’ll discover how to create a new product or service or make an existing one better.

The proof is in Oregon State graduates, including many who have gone on to management and executive positions with Fortune 500 companies. We’re also known for giving entrepreneurs a head start — plenty of students use our business spaces to launch their own companies while they’re
still in school. 

The next great business leader is out there. It could be you.

Get ready for what's next.

In the world of business, you need a wide range of skills, and that starts early with a well-balanced college preparatory curriculum, including English and mathematics. You should have fundamental computer skills as well. And because business is about people, volunteer work and other extracurricular activities can help you develop social and leadership skills during your high school career.

Bring your career goals a lot closer to reality.

With a focus on business, you could be:

  • A Certified Public Accountant, an auditor or a tax accountant.
  • An executive or merchandiser in an import-export company or other international trading firm.
  • The executive in charge of a hospital, long-term care facility or other health care operation.
  • A business analyst, applying information technologies to support a company’s strategic planning.
  • A buyer, merchandiser, planner or manager in a retail operation.
  • The manager of a restaurant or food service operation in a school or business.
  • A quality-control specialist in a construction or building-materials firm.
  • A marketer promoting a business, nonprofit organization or public agency.
  • A small-business owner or an entrepreneur helping to run a startup company.


Off we go.  Getting started at Oregon State.

Your first year at Oregon State will be spent building a foundation for a well rounded education. You’ll also develop critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills through courses from Oregon State’s Baccalaureate Core — the physical and biological sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and freshman orientation — along with beginning courses in your area of study.

To make sure you get off to a good start and stay on course for graduation, you should meet with an advisor as you plan your first-year program — and at regular intervals after that.

Get involved beyond the classroom.

Among the more than 400 clubs and organizations on campus are business-oriented and profession-focused groups. You’ll find challenging, unique
experiences that support your academic, professional and personal growth — and have fun, too.


We offer 200+ degree programs.  Find where you fit.

The following colleges offer programs in this area:

College of Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Business Management

Environmental Economics and Policy

Sustainability (Double Degree)

College of Business (AACSB-accredited programs)


Business Administration*

  • Digital Marketing (Ecampus)*
  • Entrepreneurship*
  • Family Business (Ecampus)*
  • General Business (OSU-Cascades and Ecampus)*
  • International Business*
  • Marketing (Ecampus)*
  • Retail Management (Ecampus)*
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management*

Business Information Systems*


    Innovation Management (Double Degree)*



    College of Business (other programs)

    Apparel Design

    Design and Innovation Management

    • Design Management

    Hospitality Management (OSU-Cascades)

    Interior Design

    Merchandising Management

    College of Engineering

    Construction Engineering Management

    College of Forestry


    • Forest Landscape Processes
    • Forest Management
    • Forest Operations

    Recreation Resource Management

    Renewable Materials

    • Art and Design
    • Management and Marketing
    • Science and Engineering

    Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership

    College of Liberal Arts

    Digital Communication Arts

    • Multimedia
    • New Media Communications
    • Writing


    • Law, Economics and Policy
    • Managerial Economics
    • Mathematical Economics

    Graphic Design

    Speech Communication

    College of Public Health and Human Sciences

    Public Health

    • Health Management and Policy
    • Health Promotion and Health Behavior

    *The College of Business and also its Accounting program are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation and only 1% separately accredit Accounting. To achieve accreditation, a business school must meet a broad range of quality standards and be committed to continuous improvement relating to curriculum, faculty credentials, admissions, degree requirements, information resources, research and scholarship, and more.

    Immerse yourself in Innovation Nation.

    From the day you step foot on campus, you can begin building your future self.

    Dive into business-focused seminars, workshops, mentoring opportunities, social events and guest speakers. Find inspiration for your next big idea, flex your creative muscles and test drive what it’s like to launch a startup business in our high-tech makerspace. Live with other first-year students in
    one of three business-themed residence halls — Weatherford, Poling or the International Living Learning Center Global Village. This immersive first-year experience in the College of Business includes the fall term B-Engaged course and the two-course Innovation Nation series.

    The Fridays in Austin program brings industry professionals and entrepreneurs to campus, featuring programs that explore how different business majors work out in the real world. They’re also a great opportunity for networking. In addition, the college’s Career Success Center hosts seminars and one-on-one consultations on résumé writing, interviewing strategies, securing internships and more to help you stand out to potential employers.

    Internships give your career a head start.

    Learning by doing is one of the best ways to prepare for a business career, and internships are increasingly important for landing a great job after college. On-the-job experience, professional contacts and, in some cases, a job offer after graduation are just some of the benefits.

    Your professors, department and college, as well as The Oregon State Career Development Center, can help you set up an internship. You can choose to take a term or two off from classes, take classes while completing your internship or do one over the summer.

    Multiple scholarships are available. Be sure to apply.

    Get some help paying for college with a variety of university scholarships, as well as those from individual colleges and departments. Most scholarships are awarded based on information in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others require separate applications. The application deadline for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other

    Put yourself out there.

    Oregon State offers a resource-rich environment that encourages you to take advantage of opportunities like the Honors College and study abroad programs. Because many businesses cross national borders, international experience can be especially valuable. The College of Business sponsors
    study abroad, global internships and exchange programs in Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. Students in other business-related majors can choose from a variety of university-sponsored international study programs.

    Earn your degree from an accredited business school

    The College of Business offers an AACSB-accredited, research-based curriculum to prepare you for a successful career in a global, knowledge-based economy. Along with nationally recognized faculty, the college offers distinguished programs in entrepreneurship and family business.