The Atkinson Graduate School of Management is a place where students, faculty and executives come together to share experiences, examine current business issues and develop innovative and creative thinking.
The Atkinson School is one of two graduate programs located at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Established in 1974, our distinguished faculty teach timeless management skills with an emphasis on business, government and not-for-profit sectors. With campuses in Salem and Portland, we offer distinct MBA programs for both full-time and evening formats. Willamette University MBA graduates enter the workforce exceptionally prepared for real-world challenges and sustainable management careers.
The Atkinson Graduate School of Management is committed to providing world class management education to U.S. and international students in all stages of their careers.
We help our graduates acquire life-long learning skills and become outstanding leaders and managers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations worldwide by offering an intimate learning and practice environment, an integrated, cross-sectoral approach to management education, and dedication to quality teaching, instructional development, basic and applied research, and exceptional, customized career services.
The Atkinson Graduate School of Management maintains that the purpose of all managerial activity is to create value. "Value" is worth as judged by someone other than the manager. It necessarily entails respecting human dignity, improving the welfare of the community through integration, and acting with integrity and competence. We expect our curriculum, pedagogy, internal governance, service, teaching, research and modeling will lead our graduates to pursue these values.
- Human Dignity: Treat people as ends and not means. Respect individuals, encourage participation, explore and resolve differences collaboratively.
- Integration: Seek and synthesize diverse interests, backgrounds, and knowledge. Act in accord with the common good. Foster trust. Pursue social responsibility and sustainability on the part of the enterprise.
- Integrity: Accept responsibility for our actions. Be transparent and act in accord with principles of substantive and procedural justice.
- Excellence: Promote excellence, competence, and continuous improvement.
Business Administration Accreditation - AACSB International
The Willamette MBA is accredited for business administration by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation assures program quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration world wide. The Willamette MBA is one of 448 accredited graduate programs throughout the world and one of only 43 accredited programs that focus solely on the master's level of study.
Public Administration Accreditation - The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (also known as NASPAA: The Global Standard in Public Service Education)
Willamette University's Full-Time MBA programs are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (also known as NASPAA).
The mission of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Dean Debra Ringold serves on the Executive Committee of NASPAA and is also a member of the organization's specialized accreditor, the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (or COPRA).
International and National Honor Societies
Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Administration) - Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Learn more about Beta Gamma Sigma.
Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Administration) - Membership in PAA is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public affairs and administration program in NASPAA member schools and/or outstanding public service. Learn more about Pi Alpha Alpha.
Willamette University and College of Law Accreditation
Willamette University is fully accredited by NWCCU - the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Willamette University College of Law, which participates with the Atkinson School in offering the joint degree in management and law (MBA/JD), is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
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