Beavers Mean Business

OSU-Cascades offers an AACSB-accredited bachelor's degree in business administration.


Fulbright Distinguished

Julie Elston, a professor of management at OSU-Cascades, has received the Fulbright-Kathryn and Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe.


You'll Be In Demand

OSU-Cascades business administration graduates are versatile problem-solvers, decision-makers and leaders who contribute to the success of any organization.


Hospitality Online

You can position yourself to be a leader in tomorrow’s guest services industry by enrolling in the hospitality management online degree option.

About the Degree

The business administration degree program at OSU-Cascades offers a student-centered learning environment that provides students with the professional preparation necessary for successful careers in the highly competitive global business environment.

This AACSB-accredited program features curriculum designed to provide students with a broad overview of business. Students take multiple upper-division courses in several business disciplines including management and organizational behavior, accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management. The business administration degree program also provides students with an understanding of the entrepreneurial process.

Emphasis throughout the curriculum is placed not only upon the concepts and analytical techniques of business decision-making, but also upon the obligations and opportunities of businesses to be socially responsible.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

  • Degree Requirements
  • Business Administration majors select at least one specialty option to complete their major requirements

Options in the Business Administration Major

All students in the general business option must take 24 credits of upper-division College of Business courses in addition to the undergraduate business core curriculum. A minimum of 12 credits must be from 400-level courses. The general business option allows students to select courses in their areas of interest from multiple 300-400 level disciplines.

The hospitality management option prepares students for the job opportunities of the future in hotel and resort, food and beverage, travel and tourism and other guest services organizations. Students will develop skills in asset management, environmental scanning and competitive strategies, as well as the ability to forecast and adapt to the forces that drive change in the service industry. Graduates from this option will be well-positioned to become an owner and a leader in guest services innovation, technology, automation, operations and management.

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Option equips business majors with essential knowledge and skills to think like an entrepreneur and creative innovator. Students will gain fluency in how to communicate, finance, and market a new idea, product, or initiative. Through an innovative curriculum that includes experiential learning and real-life business projects, students will develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the skills necessary to become a successful leader or change-maker across any type of organization or corporate setting. There is no expectation that students will have their own startup ideas or that students will want to become a business founder; the option is for anyone interested in the I&E space. The I&E option is designed to complement a student’s existing business major and will enable students to contribute to innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems more broadly.

The international business option provides students with the skills necessary to succeed in our increasingly global economy. This option is designed to equip students with professional ready skills to meet demands of both private and public businesses which find themselves increasingly faced with international, linguistic and cross-cultural challenges. In combining business, marketing, finance, language and international studies with a study abroad opportunity, students will enter the workforce with exposure to, and knowledge of, the international environment. This unique program of study gives students the exciting opportunity to learn about a foreign culture while earning academic credit by participating in our signature exchange program in Bad Mergentheim, Germany.


Business Minor

With an innovative curriculum taught by dedicated professors, the business minor provides you with a fundamental stepping stone on the road to identifying and commercializing business opportunities in any type of organization.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor

The I&E minor gives you the skills to recognize and seize market opportunities by providing insights into the creation and commercialization of new ideas. It combines a fundamental business class curriculum with discipline-specific classes to help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the skills necessary to build a successful career in any type of organization or setting.

Student Spotlight

Turning A Rad Idea into Reality

As a dock supervisor and fish cutter at a fishing lodge in Alaska, business student Megan Bolt saw the need for better quality fishing gear for women. So, she set out to start her own company. Raddr's mission is to create rad gear for women in the maritime industry, and also recognize the vital role they play in the fishing community. Megan is working on gear design and prototypes, she placed second in the BendTECH Unconference pitch competition, and won the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co Lab PitchFest. Super rad.

Working Together

In Management 364, a computer science major, two energy systems engineering majors, and a business administration major came together to plan and execute a group project: building an augmented reality sandbox that projects a topographic map onto the sand in real time. They had their ups and downs, but in the end — they succeeded.

Student Spotlight

Rocking It

Connor Park is following in his father’s footsteps. He wants to be a dentist, too. But to get there, Connor is blazing his own trail. With science classes behind him, he’s majoring in business so that he can build his future dental practice on a solid foundation. Connor is at the helm of the Rock Climbing Club, our largest student club with more than 120 members. Turns out dental schools look for particular qualities in applicants, like leadership. They also look for activities that demonstrate finger dexterity. Climbing walls and boulders wouldn’t be possible without a good grip. Rock on, Connor.

Alumni Spotlight

Career Change

After 27 years as a professional brewer, Dan Pedersen '22 was ready for a career change. "I told my wife I was too old to go back to school and finish my degree," he said. "But as a lifelong educator, she disagreed." He chose OSU-Cascades because he wanted an in-person college experience – although COVID-19 had a different plan. There was a silver lining to remote learning – Dan was able to spend more time with his two teenage sons. All three would take their classes remotely before jumping on mountain bikes for a break. "One of the best parts about going back to college was my sons getting to see me do it," said Dan. He plans to work in accounting.

Sample Courses

  Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Impact of Culture on Business
Managing Individual and Team Performance
Business Internship
Employee Recruitment and Selection
Business Law
International Business
Operations Management
Consumer Behavior
Human Resources Management

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