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Business School/MBA Opportunities

Whether you’re already an entrepreneur or plan to run a Fortune 500 company one day, Lewis & Clark College can help prepare you for a career in business. The global knowledge economy demands exactly the kinds of skills we provide: critical and creative thinking, analytical reasoning, global literacy, and the ability to collaborate across specialties.

“At Lewis & Clark I learned to find the edges on issues: Where is the break point? What is the limit? What are the critical factors? Lewis & Clark also helped me develop the necessary communication skills to collaborate effectively on solving problems.”Kevin Shields ’89Microsoft

The powerful skills you acquire here will allow you to create your own future. You will gain the intellectual depth and flexibility not just to adapt to changes, but also to foresee and shape change.

Lewis & Clark offers management courses in finance and fiscal policy, so you’ll develop technical knowledge in addition to the broad skills you’ll get from a liberal arts education. And if you see an MBA in your future, Lewis & Clark offers a program that will help you gain a competitive edge in the application process.

Center for Entrepreneurship 

Our Center for Entrepreneurship offers a wide range of courses to students interested in developing the skills necessary to start a business or market a product. Students collaborate with staff, alumni and professional mentors, design and pitch business plans, and even go on to successfully market their innovations. Faculty members use their entrepreneurial experience to teach about successful research methods and support student initiatives, and often provide inspiration for them as well.

For those looking to develop their entrepreneurial mindset even further, the center also holds an intensive weeklong seminar held over winter break. Entrepreneurship: A Life of Innovation helps students learn the skills of entrepreneurs: creativity, developing and pitching ideas, taking advantage of opportunities, and making things happen.

The Center for Entrepreneurship invites faculty experts from across campus to teach their academic discipline from an entrepreneurial point of view. Examples of such courses include Design Thinking and Technology of the Future. 

Lewis & Clark and Portland State Pathway Program

Students majoring in International Affairs, History, Economics, and Foreign Languages and Literatures can take advantage of a new partnership with Portland State University, which offers an accelerated track for students looking to earn their MBA degree in Finance or International Management. This program allows students to apply as early as their junior year, securing a place in the graduate program and waiving the GRE and GMAT, as well as the application fee. The program supports successful candidates in their pursuit of career opportunities and provides them with job placement assistance. Many of Portland State’s MBA students go on to work internationally, presenting a unique opportunity for graduates to put the critical-thinking skills and global literacy they develop at Lewis & Clark to good use.

Early Leaders Award Program: Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester

Regardless of your major, if you are a Lewis & Clark College student who is mature, academically strong, and interested in earning an MBA degree after receiving your Lewis & Clark BA, you have a special opportunity. Through an agreement with the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, Lewis & Clark students receive priority consideration for admission to the full-time MBA program

As a Lewis & Clark nominee, your application fees are waived, and, if accepted, you receive a minimum $10,000 per year merit-based scholarship. Students are encouraged to apply by the end of their junior year, in part so that pre-MBA internships for accepted students can be provided.

For more information, contact Professor Cliff Bekar, Professor Amelia Wilcox, or Director of the Career Center Rocky Campbell.