From the School

Willamette University MBA is the top-ranked MBA program in Oregon. We combine the rugged authenticity of Oregon with a tradition of excellence in being the first university in the West!

Willamette's Early Career MBA is predicated on a simple idea the earlier you earn your MBA, the better you can shape your career and increase your return on investment.

With a hands-on focus in both experiential and consequential learning, the Willamette MBA builds knowledge, experience and career management skills needed for long-term stability, flexibility and success in careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations.

Willamette University MBA programs include the dual accredited, (AASCB and NASPAA) full-time Early Career and Career Change MBA for students preparing for their first professional position, career change or advancement; and the AACSB accredited part-time MBA for Professionals for experienced students seeking career enhancement or advancement (classes in both Portland and Salem, OR).

Overview

From The School


Applicants
117
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.11
Years Work Experience
1
Average Age
23

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
430 - 590
GPA
2.6 - 3.6

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 15

Regular Application Deadline
May 1

Round 1
November 15

Round 2
December 15

Round 3
March 15

Round 4
May 2

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Non-Academic

Interviews

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
3:1
Total Faculty
34

68
Full-time
32
Part-time
27
Female
17
Underrepresented Minorities


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.”


Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Human Resources
Finance
International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Organizational Behavior

Specialized Masters

Business Administration
Data Science

Certificate Programs

Data Science

Center for Research

Non-Profit Management/Public Administration


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
1. Course: Organizational Integrity: Ethics and Sustainability 2. Sustainability is integrated into courses across the curriculum thus all faculty teach sustainability to some extent.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

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

School's environmental commitment 1:
Curriculum: 1) Elective course in sustainability and ethics and integration of these topics in other courses across the curriculum; 2) 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


Average Starting Salary
$65,311
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
27%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
61%
Graduate Facilitated
39%
School Facilitiated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
52%
Graduate Facilitiated
48%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

6%
Finance/Accounting
6%
Other
4%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Consulting
3%
General Management
3%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

91%
West
3%
International
3%
Mid-Atlantic
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
Finance / Accounting 6% $62,500 $68,438 $55,000 $91,000
Other 6% $50,000 $51,972 $35,360 $83,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $65,000 $69,270 $54,080 $93,000
Consulting 3% $65,000 $69,000 $42,000 $100,000
Human Resources 3% $70,000 $75,333 $70,000 $86,000
General Management 3% $58,236 $66,745 $52,000 $90,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 7% $86,000 $79,000 $50,000 $93,000
Other 5% $54,080 $57,216 $54,000 $75,000
Non-profit 4%
Consulting 3% $70,000 $78,333 $65,000 $100,000
Government 3% $58,236 $59,289 $49,632 $77,000
Manufacturing 3% $50,000 $54,490 $43,472 $70,000
Financial Services 2%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 1%
Real Estate 1%

Prominent Alumni

Punit Renjen
Deloitte Global CEO, Deloitte Consulting

Grace Crunnican
General Manager BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

Neil Bergquist
Co-Founder and CEO, Coinme & UpToken.org.

Gurpreet Pall
CEO and Founder, t.acuity

Colin Schilling
Founder and CEO, Schilling Cider

Overview

From The School


Dates

Application Deadlines
Jul 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$46,000

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$17,073

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
90%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
85%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
90%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
95%

New Students Receiving Loans
40%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$44,900
Tuition (Out-State)
$44,900
Fees (In-State)
$390
Fees (Out-State)
$390

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 Full-Time Enrollment
68
Part Time
0%

In State
42.0%
Out of State
58.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

30.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
10.00%
International

32% female
68% male

Campus Life

From The School

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 discus- sions when students have such diverse experience and backgrounds!” No matter where they come from, most individuals prove to be “energetic,” “creative,” “bright” and “pro- fessional.” 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



Contact
Alex Subert
Senior Associate Dean and Director of Admission

Address
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
United States

Phone
503-370-6167

Fax
503-370-3011

Email
97301


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