Overview

Applicants
177
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
6
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
510 - 640
GPA
3.0 - 3.8

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
4:1
Total Faculty
30

85
Full-time
40
Female
15
Minority
15
Part-time


Students Say

Gonzaga University is about "teaching students life lessons through a Jesuit education," which appeals to the MBA students in its Graduate School of Business. A "great reputation in the business community," especially for its "accounting program," and an "awesome flexible curriculum structure" that "is designed with working individuals in mind (with evening and online classes) " also draw area business grads to the program, which can be completed full-time in three semesters (including summer, fall, and spring).

Gonzaga's MBA curriculum consists of twenty-two credits in core courses (eleven two-credit classes) and eleven credits in electives, and students are given the option for a "core-trailer," which gives them "a very unique opportunity to focus in on a subject that they enjoyed during the core part of the semester." Students report that the curriculum is "broad and covers many aspects of the modern business environment" and is "a tough workload that stresses excellence. Classes may run from 7:30 a.m . to 8:00 p .m . at night," with break hours in between. Professors "integrate course material throughout the program" and "rarely present contradicting information" as "the material in the program is well-planned," though "some tenured professors don't seem to care about updating their courses anymore." Students also appreciate that the program allows for a "flexibility of coursework." "Students need to have more opportunities to simulate complex projects and the teamwork needed to solve them," one student notes. Luckily, "Gonzaga's School of Business is always looking for students' input to make those improvements. "At Gonzaga, both faculty and the business administration "stress the importance of personal connections. As a result, students are able to easily build a strong alumni network." This close-knit culture "really adds to the MBA experience." "For those who are entrepreneurial...classes such as business consulting enable students to try their hand at consulting for a local business." "I learned more practical skills in Gonzaga's MBA program than I ever expected in an academic setting," says one student.


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$66,500

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

35%
Finance/Accounting
25%
Other
13%
Operations/Logistics
7%
Marketing
5%
Consulting
5%
General Management
5%
Human Resources
5%
Information Technology

Students Say

The Gonzaga Career Center and the School of Business Administration staff and faculty "do a great job of trying to provide students with as much planning help and advice that they can possibly give," including: self-assessment, career planning, resume writing, and conducting a successful job search; mock interviews and interview critiques; on-campus recruiting and interviewing; a career-resources library; alumni events; and internship placement assistance. Students complain, "Despite its great instructors and faculty, the school needs to do a better job in connecting students with careers." Due to the small size of both the city of Spokane and the University, not a lot of major companies recruit at Gonzaga, and "a lot more legwork is needed on behalf of the student to find his or her post-graduation path." Thus, despite its "great reputation" in the Northwest, "the MBA program may best benefit those who already know where they want to go after they graduate."

Employers of Gonzaga business graduates include Avista, Bank of America, Boeing, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Honeywell, Itron, KPMG, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Starbucks. Fifty percent of Gonzaga MBAs go into finance and accounting.


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 35%
Other 25%
Operations / Logistics 13%
Marketing / Sales 7%
Consulting 5%
Human Resources 5%
Information Technology 5%
General Management 5%
Entrepreneurship 5%
Non-Profit 5%
Strategic Planning 5%
Venture Capital 5%

Prominent Alumni

Ezra Eckhardt
Executive Vice President at Umpqua Bank

Jerome Conlon
Former Sr. VP at NBC, former VP at Starbucks, Current Chief Marketing of Open Source Global

Stuart McKee
Chief Technology Officer - Microsoft

Katherine Morgan
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce president & CEO

Michael R. Coleman
Retired VP of IBM

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$12,523

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$7,515

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
60%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
39%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
71%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
51%

New Students Receiving Loans
37%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$31,515
Tuition (Out-State)
$31,515
Fees (In-State)
$300
Fees (Out-State)
$300

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$955
Tuition (Out-State)
$955
Fees (In-State)
$20
Fees (Out-State)
$20

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$10,227
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$8,775
Academic Expenses
$2,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
157
Part Time
77%

In State
80.0%
Out of State
20.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

24.00%
Minorities
13.00%
International

38% female
62% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Gonzaga's MBA candidates are broken down to recent undergrad graduates who immedi- ately started their MBAs and working individuals who are returning to get an MBA after starting a career. Some feel that many students "have little to no work experience, which makes getting an MBA a real disservice to themselves." The culture is "more collaborative than competitive," and students tend to be "friendly and willing to help their peers," down- to-earth, "dependable" and "can pull their own weight." "Being taught from the Jesuit perspective and a student population in which you get to know most of the other students quite well" is a positive at Gonzaga, one student says.

Students are "fairly isolated from the campus in that our classes start at the end of the traditional day, and our building is on one edge of the campus," though you "can tell that administration has made great efforts to try to improve the camaraderie of all stu- dents." Luckily, the building is "amazing, has everything in one place, and the lounge has a fantastic view of a lake beneath and downtown in the distance." Evening classes "allow working professionals to attend classes." One student notes, "I cannot say enough about the flexibility and responsiveness of the MBA program team. From professors to the administrative staff, this experience has been outstanding."

Those who choose to engage in campus life tell us that it is "full of opportunities to get involved in fun activities and helpful charities," though not many of these apply to the family-oriented. "A few attempts have been made to encourage students to socialize, but nothing really applies to families, so I do not participate," says one student. The basketball games are free for students and are "full of excitement" and, as an added bonus, revenue "generated by the basketball team is used to improve the school and the school's reputation." Local charities "love the help from grad students and rely on them for help in creating business plans, conducting market research, and planning marketing activities." Hometown Spokane is in eastern Washington, is "cold during the winter, and not all that exciting compared to Seattle, which is four hours away."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jon Billings
Marketing & Recruiting Specialist

Address
502 East Boone Avenue AD 9
Spokane, WA 99528-0009
United States

Phone
509-313-7047

Fax
509-313-5811

Email
Billings@gonzaga.edu


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