Early Career & Career Change MBA

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Early Career & Career Change MBA

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

As a national leader in experiential education, the Willamette MBA prepares students for their first professional position, career change and advancement in business, government and not-for-profit organizations.

Willamette's full-time MBA features:

  • excellent teaching
  • "hands-on" experiential learning
  • consulting projects with real clients
  • an integrated perspective of decision-making
  • in-depth courses in ten career areas of interest
  • a full program of career services
  • up to three semesters of internships
  • communication, leadership, networking and team skills
  • MBA, MBA/JD, BA/MBA and Accelerated formats
  • merit-based scholarships

The specific design of the Willamette MBA helps early career and career change students jump start their future.

In just 21 months, students learn the principles of management, refine their career interests, develop one or more career areas of interest, and build the network and portfolio of experience employers value.

MBA Curricular Path

1st Year - Fall Semester

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

1st Year - Spring Semester

  • Economics, Finance and Markets
  • Operations and Systems Management
  • MBA Elective Course
  • MBA Elective Course
  • PACE II: Consulting & Planning an Entrepreneurial Venture

Summer Between First and Second Year


Second Year - Fall Semester

  • Politics and Public Policy for Managers
  • Leading Ethical, Socially Responsible & Sustainable Organizations
  • MBA Elective Course
  • MBA Elective Course
  • MBA Elective Course

Second Year - Spring Semester

  • Strategic Management
  • MBA Elective Course
  • MBA Elective Course
  • MBA Elective Course
  • MBA Elective Course
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Choosing the right MBA program is the first step in launching your professional career and making dramatic career transitions. Willamette’s full-time Early Career and Career Change MBA prepares students for careers in business, government and nonprofit enterprises. The program emphasizes experiential learning and is an excellent choice for students seeking career entry, change or advancement.

Entry Requirements

Each applicant is reviewed on a holistic basis that includes academic ability, managerial potential, personal strengths, experiences and the ability to contribute to the learning of others in an intensive experiential MBA program. Previous work experience is not required. Willamette MBA students build the portfolio of experience needed for success through client projects, internships, an innovative curriculum, excellent teaching, and a complete program of career services.

Last updated December 15, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept., 2017
21 months
Full time
Start date Sept., 2017
USA Salem, Oregon
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Duration 21 months
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