Multnomah University

Business

The business program at Multnomah University is grounded in a biblical worldview, emphasizing ethics and sustainability in the business context.

Multnomah offers a business minor (20 credit hours), business major (48 credit hours), and business major with a concentration in international and cross-cultural contexts (56 credit hours).

The degree culminates with a capstone course where students create small teams to conceptualize, create, and present a business plan.  These plans are presented to a panel of business professionals comprised of alumni and local area business leaders. The students then vie for seed money to implement the winning plan.

Why study business at a biblical university?

An undergraduate business degree from Multnomah provides its graduates with an additional avenue for representing Christ in a vocational field.  In 2004, the Lausanne Movement observed that business is a significant means for advancing the Gospel and bringing the redemptive message of Jesus into many situations and settings.

Why ethics and sustainability? 

Employers are looking for employees with the ability to make good ethical decisions. Only a few years ago, a graduate of the Harvard Business School created an MBA oath that was an outgrowth of a concern for ethics in the business world.  In this light, ethical business practice with a biblical foundation has its place and can make a significant mark in world.

Sustainability is an up-and-coming field in business. Organizations and the public are increasingly attuned to the importance of business conducted in a responsible, socially and civically conscious fashion. People are concerned about how business entities operate and interact with the surrounding community. Sustainability deals with resource use and management, ranging from material goods to human capital. Seen from the Bible’s perspective, it is simply biblical stewardship.

Outcomes

The business program at Multnomah provides students with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of general business principles and practices, especially as it pertains to ethical conduct and sustainability.
  • The ability to identify, analyze, implement and communicate business solutions that integrate a biblical perspective and faith.
  • An understanding and ability to communicate how business, as a vocational field, serves and advances the Kingdom of God, serves the Church and benefits community.
  • A perspective that exhibits an awareness of how business can be global in its reach, and substantially connected to the local community where it resides and/or conducts business.
  • Professional skills with a level of competency that will serve employers, colleagues and employees well.
  • An understanding of how to conduct business and interact with a community across cultures and national borders.

  • Lee Sellers Lee Sellers Business Department Chair