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Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management Part Time MBA

Willamette’s MBA programs prepare students for career transitions and advancement in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Students can choose the full-time Early Career/Career Change MBA (no work experience required) or the evening MBA for Professionals program. Both feature “learning by doing,” an innovative integrated curriculum, excellent teaching, a full program of career services, leadership opportunities and network development. As a leader in experiential education, Willamette helps students build the knowledge and experience employers value. Merit-based scholarships are available.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 107

Program Information

Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management Says

Willamette’s MBA programs prepare students for career transitions and advancement in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Students can choose the full-time Early Career/Career Change MBA (no work experience required) or the evening MBA for Professionals program. Both feature “learning by doing,” an innovative integrated curriculum, excellent teaching, a full program of career services, leadership opportunities and network development. As a leader in experiential education, Willamette helps students build the knowledge and experience employers value. Merit-based scholarships are available.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Professional.

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N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 61% accepted out of 272 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 25
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 506
  • Average Years Work Experience: 1
  • Application Fee: $100

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

While the GMAT is the typical exam required for business school entry, Willamette also accepts the General GRE. In recent years, the mean GMAT score and GPA for incoming Willamette students was 583 and 3.3, respectively. For the MBA for Career Change program, students must have at least two years of work experience, whereas there are no minimum wor...While the GMAT is the typical exam required for business school entry, Willamette also accepts the General GRE. In recent years, the mean GMAT score and GPA for incoming Willamette students was 583 and 3.3, respectively. For the MBA for Career Change program, students must have at least two years of work experience, whereas there are no minimum work requirements for the Early Career MBA. All students must have a personal interview with the admissions staff.

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Important Dates

Round 1
September

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 207
Percent International Students 35%
Total Full-Time Faculty 43
Full-Time Faculty 50%

Student Life

The life of a frazzled Willamette business student is comprised of “lots of classes, prepa­rations, [and] project meetings, blended with a coffee mug at The Bistro (the university’s student-managed coffee shop.)” With so much on their plates, “Free time can sometimes be scarce.” Fortunately, “Social activities like Thursday Night Out, the small size of the class, along with the design of the class schedule, allow us not only to get to know all of our classmates but also to maintain the family atmosphere that characterizes Atkinson.” Drawing a large international population, the MBA program is “extremely ethnically diverse and that brings a high level of intercultural experience to the students.” For over­achievers (of which you’ll meet a few), “There are many ways to be involved in more than just class: associations, peer advisor positions, TA positions, etc.” Set in Oregon, “The campus is gorgeous,” with “a river crossing the university and many green areas.” “Being in Oregon you always have things to do outside of the town like the beach, mountains, forests, trails, and hikes” and there are “lots of bars nearby” in down­town Salem. Savvy business students also point out that despite the private school tuition, “the low cost of living made Willamette University cheaper by thousands per year.”

Career

In addition to the ample experiential education included in the Willamette curriculum, the Career Management Office offers recruiting programs, resume revisions and inter­view preparation services, company site visits, peer advisors, networking events, and career counseling. On the Willamette campus, “There are many activities and events that provide students with the opportunity to network with alumni and other professionals,” though some would like to see those efforts expanded, especially when it comes to the alumni network. When it comes to career placement, one of the biggest obstacles is that “WU is still relatively unknown beyond the Northwest region”—though, fortunately, the school does enjoy an “incredible reputation in the Northwest” and strong ties in Portland, Seattle and Salem. In recent years, 80 to 85 percent of Willamette graduates had a job offer within three months of graduation, and 90 to 100 percent had received an offer within six months, with salaries ranging from about $40,000 to $100,000 annually. A third of graduates chose to pursue careers in non-profit or government organizations. Willamette graduates were hired by companies including Hewlett Packard Company, Americorps, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, SENTECH Inc, LinkedIn, Amazon, Daimler, Aramco, Intel and Nike.

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Willamette's MBA programs build the knowledge and experience needed for careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Program options include the Early Career MBA for students seeking their first professional position; the MBA for Career Change for students seeking career change or advancement; and the MBA for Professionals for experienced students seeking career enhancement or advancement.All Willamette MBA programs emphasize hands-on learning and are accredited by AACSB International - the global hallmark of excellence in business education.

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Students Say

With a unique focus on young professionals, Willamette’s friendly but rigorous MBA is a great way to get your feet wet in the business world. While most MBA programs require work experience before matriculation, this program is “specifically geared toward the early career or career change MBA.” In fact, many Willamette students have never held a professional position. The focus on early career students does not mean that the curriculum is a cake walk. On the contrary, this “very fast-paced, intense program” is more like a crash course for future business leaders. “Active participation and discus­sion is strongly emphasized in most classes,” and the “very well-thought out curriculum for first-year students,” is augmented by excellent elective courses in the second year. Attracting a surprisingly “idealistic” business school crowd, many students also choose Willamette because of its unusual areas of concentration, especially it’s “reputation for non-profit, government, and social entrepreneurship excellence.” The school has also invested in its operations, systems, and analysis offerings, with analytical and decision-making tools like SAP introduced in first-year coursework. While Willamette students may begin the program with very little career experience, they won’t leave that way. Experiential learning is key to the curriculum, helping “stu­dents with all levels of experience gain that edge usually gained through lots of years in corporate jobs.” For example, through Willamette’s required Practical Application for Careers and Enterprises (PACE) program, students are “placed in an eight-person team for the year to do consulting work for a non-profit or government organization.” Practical applications take center stage in the classroom, as well. “Accomplished profes­sionals” in their fields, professors “definitely bring expertise and know-how with a clear distinction between theory and real world practices.” In addition to attending lectures, students “work on a lot of case studies,” which prepare them “with the skills to analyze a situation from many different points of view.” In addition, “There is also a lot of stress placed on teamwork and presentation skills,” staples of a successful business career.Bringing both warmth and enthusiasm to the classroom, “Most professors really make you love their courses, even if you’re not an innate financier or marketer.” With a clear focus on the student, “They are approachable and flexible if you require out of class time for assistance.” A student agrees, “The learning environment at Willamette is incredibly unique in that it is more intimate than most business schools. Professors are very acces­sible and truly invested in helping students understand course material.” Adds another, “Rarely do I write an e-mail to any of my professors without receiving a reply (and usu­ally a solution to my problem) by the next day.”

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Interest Areas

Accounting Certificate of Dispute Resolution Finance General Management Human Resources International Management Marketing Organizational Analysis Public Management Quantitative Analysis/Management Science

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Academic

Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change

The Early Career MBA and the MBA for Career Change are full-time MBA programs designed for students seeking career entry, change and advancement. In just 21 months, students learn the core principles of management, refine their career interests, develop an in-depth understanding of one or more career areas of interest, and build the portfolio of experience needed to succeed in a competitive job market

Faculty are excellent teachers who are committed to their students and to the educational model of '"learning by doing." From the first day of class, students apply what they learn to real organizations. Class consulting projects, internships, in-depth case studies, the Student Investment Fund, the PACE program, Oregon Ethics in Business Awards, and a complete program of career services offer powerful opportunities for professional development.

Areas of interest include accounting; entrepreneurship; finance; human resources; marketing; operations, analysis and systems; organizational analysis; sustainability management; and public and not-for-profit management.

Courses are taught on the Willamette University campus in Salem, Oregon. International exchange programs are available at Bordeaux Business School (France), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and E.M. Strasbourg Business School (France).

MBA for Professionals Willamette's MBA for Professionals provides individuals with three or more years of work experience the opportunity to complete their MBA while employed. The program offers a quality AACSB International accredited MBA, experiential learning and convenient evening classes.

Students learn from professors who emphasize an integrated and practical approach to management concepts. The structure of the program helps students immediately apply what they learn to their job and accelerate their career in their organizations.

The MBA for Professionals is cohort based and can be completed in 24 months of evening study in Portland or Salem.

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Second Year Curriculum

The second year of the Early Career MBA program is comprised of the elective curriculum. Elective courses help students develop in-depth knowledge in their career area of interest and build their portfolio of experience.

Elective areas of interest include: Accounting Finance General Management Human Resources International Management Marketing Organizational Analysis Public Management Quantitative Analysis/Management Science

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First Year Curriculum

The first year of the full-time Early Career MBA program is comprised of the core curriculum. Core courses build knowledge and experience in the fundamental principles of management ( the basics needed to succeed in any management position) and enhance professional, communication, leadership, team and career management skills.

The core curriculum also includes features that powerfully enhance the professional experience of students. These programs include PaCE Service Learning/Consulting, PaCE Business Plan, Career Roadmap, Oregon Ethics in Business Awards, Integrated Knowledge Exercise Weeks (or "IKEWs") and more.

Fall semester courses: Managing Organizations Marketing: Creating Satisfied Customers Accounting for Managers Foundations of Quantitative Analysis Managerial Economics and Finance Integration and Professional Development

Spring semester courses: Managing Organizations Managing Globally Management of Processes and Information Systems Statistical Inference and Model Formulation Macroeconomics and the Financial System Strategic Management

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Willamette University Center for Governance and Public Policy Willamette University Center for Sustainable Communities Willamette University College of Law and Law Library Willamette University Portland Center - Portland Oregon

  • International Student Support Groups:
    1. International Graduate Student Association (student organization) http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/students/
    2. Willamette University Office of International Education http://www.willamette.edu/dept/oie/
  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    The university office of multicultural student affairs serves the needs of students http://www.willamette.edu/dept/oma/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Willamette University Office of Multicultural Affairs http://www.willamette.edu/dept/oma/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Academic tutors are available for all core courses. Second year students serve as peer career advisors for first year students and assist our professional career management staff. Second year students also serve as peer advisors for teams of the 3 PACE courses: Consulting for a Not-for-Profit Organization; Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture; and Leading Ethical and Sustainable Organizations.

  • Research Facilities:

    Willamette University Center for Governance and Public Policy Willamette University Center for Sustainable Communities Willamette University College of Law and Law Library Willamette University Portland Center - Portland Oregon

  • Study Abroad:

    Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Bordeaux School of Management, France EM Strasbourg School of Business, France

  • Women Support Groups:

    Chapter of Women MBA International (formerly National Association of Women MBAs) http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/students/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management include:

Jai Desai - CEO, Universal Consulting India, Pvt., Ltd.

Sandy Baruah - President & CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

Punit Renjen - CEO, Deloitte Consulting

Ronald Silveira - Vice President, Universal Studios Digital Services

Michael Woolfolk - Senior Currency Strategist, The Bank of New York

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $34,932

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Intel, Avanade, Nike, PWC, Aramco

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 65% $54,582
Finance / Accounting 38% $58,456
Business 25% $56,858
Financial Services 21% $59,628
Other 19% $48,027
Marketing / Sales 13% $58,386
Consulting 13% $63,033
Consulting 10% $64,840
Technical 10% $63,958
Human Resources 8% $48,216
Operations / Logistics 8% $48,070
Other 8% $44,500
Non Profit 7% $37,200
Information Technology 4% $75,000
Manufacturing 4% $53,200
Government 3% $40,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 40%
Three Month Employment 82%
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