Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus
Willamette University  - Atkinson Graduate School of Management campus

From the School

Willamette's Early Career MBA prepares students for their first professional position or career change. In 21 months, students build the knowledge and experience they need to fast-track their career.

As a national leader in experiential learning, the Willamette MBA builds knowledge, experience and professional career management skills needed for successful careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. 

Programs include the Early Career and Career Change MBA for students preparing for their first professional position, career change or advancement; and the MBA for Professionals for experienced students seeking career enhancement or advancement. All of Willamette MBA programs emphasize hands-on learning and are accredited by AACSB International – the global hallmark of excellence in business education.

Overview

From The School

Applicants for the Early Career and Career Change MBA program should visit willamette.edu/mba/programs/eccc/index.html for information. 

Applicants for the MBA for Professionals program should visit willamette.edu/mba/programs/professionals/index.html for information.

Applicants
406
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
1.5
Average Age
24

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
520 - 600
GPA
2.9 - 3.7

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
March 15

Regular Application Deadline
May 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
May 1

Round 1
December 15

Round 2
February 1

Round 3
March 15

Round 4
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From the School

Degrees Offered

MBA

Academic Programs

The Early Career and Career Change MBA is designed for students seeking career entry, change or advancement. The program emphasizes learning-by-doing, and does not require previous work experience. From the first day of class, students apply what they learn to real organizations and develop the tools they need to manage, lead and succeed willamette.edu/mba/programs/eccc/index.html. In 21 months, Early Career and Career Change MBA students learn the core principles of management and strategic decision-making; refine their career interests; build a resume of respected professional experience; and develop in-depth expertise in one or more career areas of interest:

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Global Management
Human Resources
Marketing
Operations, Analysis & Systems
Organizational Analysis
Public & Not-for-Profit Management
Sustainability Management


The MBA for Professionals allows individuals with three or more years of professional work experience to complete their MBA while employed. The program is 24 months long, and features experiential learning and convenient evening classes. Students immediately apply what they learn to their job and accelerate their careers.

First Year Curriculum

The first year of the Early Career MBA program contains core courses that build knowledge and experience in the fundamental principles of management and enhance professional, communication, leadership, team and career management skills.

The core curriculum includes several hands-on opportunities that enhance the professional experience of students. These programs include PACE Service Learning/Consulting, PACE Business Plan, Career Roadmap, Integrated Knowledge Exercise Weeks (or "IKEWs") and more.

Fall semester courses:
Managing Individuals, Teams and Organizations
Marketing: Creating Satisfied Customers
Accounting for Managers
Data Analysis, Modeling & Decision Making
PACE I: Consulting & Achieving Your Career Goals

Spring semester courses:
Economics, Finance and Markets

Operations and Systems Management
MBA Elective Course
MBA Elective Course
PACE II: Consulting & Planning an Entrepreneurial Venture

Second Year Curriculum

The second year of the Early Career MBA program is comprised of the elective curriculum and three required courses: Politics and Public Policy for Managers, Leading Ethical, Socially Responsible and Sustainable Organizations and Strategic Management. Elective courses help students develop in-depth knowledge in their career area of interest and build a portfolio of experience.

Elective areas of interest include:

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Global Management
Human Resources
Marketing
Operations, Analysis & Systems
Organizational Analysis
Public & Not-for-Profit Management
Sustainability Management

Areas Of Interest

SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The Willamette Early Career MBA builds professional experience through internships; consulting projects with client organizations; and innovative elective courses. Students have the opportunity to learn SAP and other analytical tools; manage the student investment fund; participate as a member of an angel investing group; launch an entrepreneurial venture; and apply management skills to real organizations through class projects and internships.

Special Academic Programs

The Willamette Early Career MBA builds professional experience through internships; consulting projects with client organizations; and innovative elective courses. Students have the opportunity to learn SAP and other analytical tools; manage the student investment fund; participate as a member of an angel investing group; launch an entrepreneurial venture; and apply management skills to real organizations through class projects and internships.

Faculty

Willamette MBA faculty are award-winning teachers, scholars and mentors. They believe that great MBA teaching emphasizes the importance of an integrated understanding of management decision-making and the application of what you learn to real organizations. Our faculty are also easily accessible and dedicated to the success of their students and alumni.

PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
25

68
Full-time
32
Part-time
24
Female
16
Minority


Students Say

Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management certainly has a “reputation as a leader [throughout] the northwest.” Indeed, the school is known for producing top-notch, innovative graduates. It also places a focus and priority on young professionals through its early career program, which prepares students for their first professional position, career change, and future career success. Additionally, Willamette emphasizes “experiential,” “hands-on” and “cultural learning.” And it provides “small classes” and a “comprehensive curriculum.”
While MBA candidates can explore a wide variety of topics and interests, students rush to highlight Willamette’s “exceptional entrepreneurship classes” and the school’s “focus [on] sustainable development.” Of course, Willamette’s “greatest strength” might be its unique Angel Investor course. Open to second-year MBAs, the class pairs “each student . . . with an Angel Investor and [grants] access to a class fund of $1M. They invest alongside the Angels, evaluate opportunities and try to make money on the companies they decide to fund.” As if that wasn’t enticing enough, there’s “also a new venture class where students create new products and then present their ideas to investors.” We’re told that “each year, the investors actually invest in the best ideas.”
Willamette MBAs also have glowing remarks for their professors. They love that “the majority . . . have years of outside experience.” Indeed, they’re not “just academics who understand the concepts in theory but have never applied them in real life situations.” Importantly, instructors are “also approachable and ready to help and offer advice.” Praise extends to the administration as well. As one satisfied first-year sums up, “The school administration is amazing; every single person makes you feel at home and is always available to help you with any situation you encounter. I’ve only been here nine months but it’s been a phenomenal experience in terms of learning and growing my skill set.”


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
1) We offer the following courses: * Managing Ethical and Sustainable Organizations (required) * Sustainability Management (elective) and * Scientific Basis of Sustainability (elective) 2) Sustainability is integrated into courses across the curriculum thus all faculty teach sustainability to some extent. 3)Sustainable area of interest is described at http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/full-time/curriculum/areas_interest/sustainability_management.htm

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Willamette University Center for Sustainable Communities http://www.willamette.edu/centers/csc/

School's environmental commitment 1:
Curriculum: Required and elective courses in sustainability and ethics and integration of these topics in other courses across the curriculum; 2) area of interest in sustainability management with the goal of creating change agents (leaders) who have the knowledge and skills to create processes that maximize the likelihood that both the organization and the wider system on which it depends thrive in the present and the future. http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/sustainability/ 3)Sustainability is good business strategy and is part of all courses

School's environmental commitment 2:
Student Organizations: Our professional student organizations include a chapter of Net Impact -- a global network of leaders changing the world through business http://www.netimpact.org/

School's environmental commitment 3:
Atkinson Graduate School of Management has been recognized for its Portland facility which is housed in a sustainable building. The Atkinson School has also been named one of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine. This ranking shows that our workplace has implemented a variety of green policies, and that our employees place a high value on sustainable practices and feel that our commitment to them is exceptional.

Career overview

From The School

An outstanding career services team supports the goals of Willamette MBA students. Services include the best practices of career management, workshops, internships, networking, employment connections and interviews, individual counseling, mentoring, coaching, career and networking events and professional student organizations.

Nearly all of Early Career and Career Change students participate in an internship. Sample internship employers includes Adidas, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Tektronix, Willamette Humane Society, Mercy Corps Northwest, and State of Oregon.

More than 85% of Early Career and Career Change students receive a job offer within three months of graduation. Typical employers include Avanade, Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, Nike Inc., Hewlett Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Overstock.com, State of Oregon and Tektronix.


Average Starting Salary
$63,917
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
76%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
54%
Graduate Facilitated
46%
School Facilitiated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
54%
Graduate Facilitiated
46%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

24%
Consulting
24%
Finance/Accounting
20%
Marketing
12%
Operations/Logistics
10%
General Management
7%
Other
2%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

88%
West
18%
International
9%
Northeast
3%
Southwest

Students Say

Job prospects for Atkinson graduates are pretty rosy. This is certainly due in large part to the industrious administration which provides “amazing networking opportunities.” Credit should also be given to Willamette’s beloved Career Services office. After all, the office works diligently to “make sure all students have jobs over the summer break and by the time they graduate.” More specifically, it runs a robust mentorship program, pairing students with business professionals whose expertise matches their development goals. The office also hosts numerous personalized, career-focused events like employer spotlights which give students the opportunity to interact with companies and corporate partners in small groups and/or one-on-one. And, of course, these MBAs are also privy to mock interviews, résumés workshops and programs of that ilk.
Companies that tend to recruit and hire Willamette MBAs include: Ford Motor Company, Ernst and Young, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Intel, Hitachi Consulting, Manzama, Rubicon International, Urban Science, Nike, Inc. and Vanguard.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 24% $72,000 $77,056 $55,000 $117,000
Finance / Accounting 24% $55,828 $55,824 $36,000 $81,000
Marketing / Sales 20% $50,000 $48,507 $23,040 $65,000
Operations / Logistics 12% $83,200 $77,640 $50,000 $105,000
Non-Profit 12% $60,500 $58,250 $67,000 $45,000
General Management 10%
Other 7%
Information Technology 2%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 20% $63,500 $65,333 $117,000 $40,000
Financial Services 17% $65,000 $61,770 $100,000 $36,000
Consulting 15% $67,500 $70,250 $117,000 $40,000
Other 15% $53,368 $48,694 $65,000 $23,040
Consumer Products 12% $83,200 $76,640 $105,000 $45,000
Non-profit 12% $60,500 $58,250 $67,000 $45,000
Government 5%
Technology 5%

Prominent Alumni

Punit Renjen
Global CEO, Deloitte Consulting

Grace Crunnican
General Manager BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

Neil Bergquist
Social Entrepreneur, Innovation Architect and Start Up Entrepreneur

Gurpreet Pall
Partner Engineering Manager Applications and Services Group, Bing R&D, Microsoft

Colin Schilling
Founder and Master Cider Maker, Schilling Cider

Overview

From The School

2016-17 tuition for the Early Career and Career Change MBA is $39,100 for the two semester academic year. Merit-based scholarships, Federal Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Graduate Plus Loans are available to eligible students.

2016-17 tuition for the MBA for Professionals is $69,200 (total cost) for the six semester program. MBA for Professionals tuition includes the cost of books and fees. Merit-based scholarships, Federal Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Graduate Plus Loans are available to eligible students.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Jul 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$41,694

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$15,000

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
80%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
70%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
80%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
70%

New Students Receiving Loans
40%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$37,600
Tuition (Out-State)
$37,600
Fees (In-State)
$80
Fees (Out-State)
$80

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,000
Academic Expenses
$1,200

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
187
Part Time
0%

In State
75.0%
Out of State
25.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

13.00%
Minorities
43.00%
International

43% female
57% male

Campus Life

From The School

Our students are energetic, creative, ethical, exceptional, friendly, mature, hardworking, insightful, professional, reliable, team-players and leaders. Early Career and Career Change students come from around the world and across the U.S. The average age of student is 24, has zero to five years of work experience, and is utilizing the MBA to prepare for career entry or career change. 

MBA for Professionals students have three or more years of work experience and are preparing for career advancement and enhancement. The average age is 33 years old and employed while completing their MBA. Students represent a wide variety of businesses and organizations from the Portland/Salem metropolitan areas.

Students Say

Willamette draws its MBAs from quite a diverse pool. In fact, “international students make up a large percentage of our class.” Most students view this as an incredible asset. As one first-year explains, “It really brings a lot of interesting aspects into class discussions when students have such diverse experience and backgrounds!” No matter where they come from, most individuals prove to be “energetic,” “creative,” “bright” and “professional.” Even better, they all seem to embrace the “prevailing notion is that if we help one another learn, we will all learn more down the road.”
Outside of the classroom there is “always something to do.” A first-year excitedly shares, “We have a weekly social get together at different local pubs where we get to relax, visit, and spend time not doing school work!” Additionally, “there are also several student associations that are very active so on nearly any given week at least one event is going on that is open to the students to enjoy.” Best of all, these activities and social options help to foster a “close-knit community” at Atkinson.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School


Campus and Location

The Salem and Portland metro areas offer an excellent quality of life, friendly people, mild climate and the recreational resources of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Professionally, the Portland-Salem corridor provides convenient access to a multitude of businesses (including Northwest legends Nike and Intel) and a number of government and not-for-profit organizations.

Willamette MBA students are an active community who benefit from a vibrant recreational and social life. Students can ski the Cascade Mountains; enjoy Oregon's Pacific Coast; windsurf in the Columbia River Gorge; hike forested areas; participate in student activities and professional organizations; and enjoy the big city opportunities of Portland. Willamette's campus is spacious and beautiful, and located across the street from the state capitol in downtown Salem.

Facilities

The Salem campus includes two libraries, recreational and fitness facilities, dining centers, student center, concert hall, art museum, and more. The Portland Center is conveniently located in the Pearl District with easy access to public transportation and public parking. All facilities offer WiFi, email, network software and printing services.


Contact
Betsy Reed
Associate Dean and Director of Admission

Address
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
United States

Phone
503-370-6094

Fax
503-370-3011

Email
mba-admission@williamette.edu

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