MBA For Professionals

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

MBA For Professionals

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Willamette’s MBA for Professionals program offers a supportive in-class experience delivered in a convenient evening format for busy working professionals. Classes are held twice a week in Portland or Salem. Our all-inclusive format offers transparent tuition, unparalleled career management support, catered dinner on class nights and classes for life. The MBA for Professionals is the right choice for professionals seeking a transformational education experience while balancing a career and busy life. MBA candidates learn from exceptional faculty, engage in rigorous academics, receive a high level of personal service and specialized programming to meet career management goals.

Program Design

  • You will attend class two weeknights per week, from 6:00-10:00pm, in a cohort of working professionals from the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. Classes are held at Willamette University's Portland Center in the Pearl District and at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in Salem.
  • The MBA for Professionals is designed to allow completion in just 24 months, which includes three semesters per year (September, January, May).
  • Tuition includes all books and materials and a complimentary dinner is served each evening.
  • Staff members care for registration details and logistics so you can focus your efforts on studying, individual and group projects and success in your courses.

MBA Curricular Path

Foundational Knowledge

  • LEAD: Leadership Effectiveness and Development
  • Data Analysis, Modeling and Decision Making
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Managing Organizations: Individuals, Teams and Human Resources

Functional Knowledge

  • Creating and Implementing Market-Driven Strategies
  • Finance and Economics for Managers
  • Operations and Information Management

Synthesis and Integration

  • Global Management & Innovation
  • Politics and Public Policy for Managers (previously titled "Creating Value through Governance")
  • Special Topics in Management
  • Strategic Management
  • IMAP (Integrative Management Project) Capstone Course

Faculty Expertise

  • Willamette's remarkable faculty are leaders in their fields and successful consultants and researchers. Moreover, they are all dedicated to helping you build your knowledge of innovative business practices, develop a portfolio of proven management principles and manage the challenges of a dynamic global marketplace.
  • You progress through the program in a small cohort, giving you an opportunity to develop relationships, learn from diverse experiences and approaches, and benefit from a built-in support network.
  • Each course is designed to include core management principles coupled with special supporting topics that explore deeper issues facing managers in all functions and sectors.

Career Advancement

  • Along with a full sequence of management fundamental courses, students also have the option to enroll in the Career Management and Coaching Certificate (tuition for the certificate is waived)
  • Career Management resources - including job postings, coaching sessions, peer-to-peer and professional one-to-one support - are available to you as needed.

A Smart Investment in Yourself that Pays off for Years to Come

  • Willamette University's MBA for Professionals goes beyond a degree - it's a cross-functional, highly interactive educational experience that
  • From the relationships formed in the classroom to the partnerships formed beyond it, the Willamette MBA for Professionals is a life changing experience. Students report increased responsibilities at work, job promotions or other career advancement opportunities as a direct result of their Willamette MBA experience.
  • As a graduate of the MBA for Professionals program, you are part of a 160+ year tradition of academic excellence at Willamette. The Willamette alumni network is a supportive and cooperative community eager to share expertise and talent.
  • Graduates from the MBA for Professionals program have the opportunity to come back and take classes for free for life through the Willamette MBA for Life program.

International Accreditation through AACSB International

Not all MBA programs are created equal. The Willamette MBA for Professionals program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the gold standard in accreditation for management education. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide hold AACSB International accreditation and are able to achieve the standards of excellence set forth to maintain accreditation and pass the rigorous peer review process.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

All applicants to the MBA for Professionals must have:

  • a bachelor degree from a U.S. college/university accredited by the appropriate U.S. regional institutional accrediting agency (or an equivalent degree from another country)
  • at minimum, 3 years of post-bachelor degree, full-time professional work experience.

Last updated January 31, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept., 2017
24 months
Full time
Start date Sept., 2017
USA Portland, Oregon
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