Bachelor of Arts/MBA

Willamette’s Bachelor of Arts/MBA program combines the powerful learning experiences of Willamette University's College of Liberal Arts and Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

As a national leader in early career MBA education, the Willamette MBA emphasizes experiential learning and is specifically designed to help early career students build the knowledge, work experience and career management tools they need to prepare for rewarding careers in entrepreneurial, business, consulting, government and not-for-profit enterprises. Students develop:

  • effective communication, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • an understanding of the principles of management every manager should know
  • in-depth knowledge in one or more career areas of interest
  • a resume of real professional experience
  • the tools of leadership, team work, networking and professional behavior

BA/MBA Curriculum

BA/MBA students participate in an MBA curriculum comprised of a strategic combination of required and elective course work.  Students will participate in all of the following required courses.

  • GSM 5101 – Managing Organizations: Individuals, Teams and Human Resources
  • GSM 5102 – Managing Organizations: Design and Change
  • GSM 5103 – Data Analysis, Modeling and Decision Making
  • GSM 5105 – Accounting for Managers
  • GSM 5107 – Marketing: Creating Satisfied Customers
  • GSM 5108 – PACE I : Consulting for Not-for-Profit and Government Organizations
  • GSM 5109 – PACE II: Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture
  • GSM 5110 – Economics, Finance and Markets
  • GSM 5114 – Operations and Systems Management
  • GSM 6121 – Politics and Public Policy for Managers
  • GSM 6122 – Leading Ethical, Socially Responsible and Sustainable Organizations
  • GSM 6123 – Strategic Management
  • GSM 6___ – MBA Experiential Elective
  • GSM 7251 – Internships for Management

In addition to the required courses, BA/MBA students will complete an additional 21 credits of MBA elective course work. Students utilize their elective courses to pursue one or more of their individual career areas of interest in:

Accounting Marketing
Entrepreneurship Operations, Analysis and Systems
Finance Organizational Analysis
Global Management Public and Not-for-Profit Management
Human Resources Sustainability Management

Curricular Path for BA/MBA Students

Students admitted to the BA/MBA program begin MBA studies fall semester of their senior year.

BA/MBA students may begin the MBA program with zero, one or two required CLA courses remaining to be completed during the first year of the MBA program. Students who complete one or two CLA courses during the first year of the MBA program (senior year), will postpone one or two first-year MBA courses to the fifth year of study.

At the end of the senior year, BA/MBA students who have successfully completed all College of Liberal Arts graduation requirements (including successful completion of MBA credits
required for completion of the BA degree) are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree.

During the fifth year of study, BA/MBA students complete the second year MBA curriculum and any remaining MBA courses that were postponed during their first year of the MBA program. 

At the end of the fifth year, BA/MBA students who have completed all BA and MBA graduation requirements are awarded the MBA degree.

Click to see the two year curricular path for BA/MBA students needing zero CLA courses, one CLA course, and two CLA courses when they begin the BA/MBA program.


Advice for Students Considering the BA/MBA

  • Start the planning process early!
  • Contact your CLA academic advisor and plan your courses to meet the BA/MBA credit and course requirements of your major.
  • Contact the Willamette MBA Admission office with your questions.
  • It will be helpful to have completed at least one course in mathematics, one course in economics, and a course in psychology or sociology.
  • Build a background of leadership and experience in organizations through internships, campus/community activities, athletics, part-time work, etc.
  • Recognize the BA/MBA is an experiential, challenging and demanding program designed for highly motivated and mature students who have career interests in management.

The BA/MBA program is a great investment in your future.  Completing the BA/MBA program accelerates your career entry into professional positions, provides increased salary opportunities earlier in your career, and saves a year of educational and living expenses because you complete your BA and MBA degrees in just five years of education rather than six.


 

 


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BA/MBA Fast Facts

  • Jump start your career - start your MBA your senior year
  • Use any WU major to prepare for your MBA
  • Develop your knowledge and build your professional experience
  • Prepare for careers in business, government or not-for-profit enterprises
  • Complete your BA and MBA in just 5 years

BA/MBA Return on Investment

The BA/MBA program is a great investment in your future.  Completing the BA/MBA program accelerates your career entry into professional positions, provides increased salary opportunities earlier in your career, and saves a year of educational and living expenses because you complete your BA and MBA degrees in just five years of education rather than six.

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Application Process for the BA/MBA

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BA/MBA Advisor Guide for CLA Faculty and Staff

The BA/MBA Advisor Guide  provides helpful program information for CLA faculty and staff who advise Willamette undergradaute students interested in the BA/MBA program. 

Contact Us with Your Questions

We are available to help you explore Willamette University's BA/MBA program and answer your questions. Email mba-admission@willamette.edu, call 503-370-6167 (toll free in the U.S. 866-MBA-AGSM), participate in our online chats, and visit us on campus.