International Applicants

We welcome and encourage qualified applicants from around the world and are proud of the global spirit of our MBA program.

All applicants must show they have obtained or will obtain a bachelor degree from a college/university accredited by the appropriate U.S. regional institutional accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from another country, prior to the first semester of enrollment in the MBA program. Three and four year bachelor degrees from international colleges/universities are considered equivalent if the degree is Bologna Accord compliant or if the degree granting institution is recognized by the country's national or regional accreditation/quality assurance organization.

International applicants to the MBA degree program must submit the following to complete the application:

  • Online Application Form
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work accompanied by an English translation of all academic records and transcripts.
    (Click here to learn more about official transcripts)
  • Official GMAT or General GRE score report. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.  Information about the GMAT is available at mba.com. The GMAT code for the Willamette Full-Time MBA is 3MZ-PZ-27.  Information about the General GRE is available at gre.org. The GRE code for Willamette University MBA program is 1181.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Academic score report. The requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS Academic score may be waived for international students for whom English is the native language and for international students who completed their undergraduate education in the United States at an accredited U.S. college or university.
    • TOEFL: The TOEFL code for Willamette University is 4954. TOEFL scores are valid for two years. More information about the TOEFL is available at ets.org.  Applicants must submit a TOEFL score that meets one of the following requirements:
      IBT: Score of 88 or higher. Recommended subsection minimums are: Reading = 21; Listening = 21; Writing = 21, Speaking = 23
      CBT: Score of 230 or higher.
      PBT: Score of 570 or higher.
    • IELTS Academic: Applicants must submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Skill subscores in reading, listening, writing and speaking will also be reviewed. IELTS scores are valid for two years. More information about the IELTS is available at http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx
  • Essays as described on the application.
  • Two candidate evaluation forms or letters of reference. Evaluators must be people who are directly familiar with your academic, professional or leadership experience. References may be submitted electronically. Your evaluators can complete the convenient online Candidate Evaluation Form and send it directly to the admission staff by clicking the submit button on the online form.  If your evaluators would like to use the online Candidate Evaluation Form, please send your evaluator this link: http://www.willamette.edu//agsm/full-time/admission/candidate_evaluation/index.html. If you evaluator prefers to write a letter of reference for you, click here to access special information about the process of submitting references via email. The content of the form or written references submitted on behalf of an applicant are considered to be private communication between the evaluator and the admission staff.
  • Resume (included on the application form or sent separately via email)
  • I-20 Financial Documentation. International applicants must show the ability to fund educational and living expenses for the two year MBA program. The following documents must be received and approved by the school before an admitted student can receive an I-20.
    • Willamette MBA I-20 Financial Documentation Form
    • Official bank verification of funds (written in English), showing that you and/or your sponsor have sufficient resources to cover your educational and living expenses for the two year MBA program. Applicants who submit bank documents showing only one year of funding must attest that adequate funding is available from the same or equally dependable sources for the second year of the MBA program.
    • A photocopy of the name/photo page of your passport showing your name as presented and spelled on your passport.
  • $100 nonrefundable application fee (waived for applications submitted online)

Upon receipt of all application documents, applicants will be notified by e-mail about the interview process.

In addition to submitting appropriate application documents, applicants are evaluated on their ability to demonstrate the professional tools of initiative, motivation and communication while managing their application process.

Mailed documents should be addressed to:

Judy O'Neill
Associate Dean and Director of Admission
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301 USA


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Apply For Fall 2014

We are currently reviewing applications for admission and merit-based scholarships for Fall Semester 2014. Applicants should apply as soon as possible and contact the MBA admission office for more information.  Willamette MBA follows an early semester academic calendar and fall semester begins August 19th. 

Special Information for JD/MBA Applicants Currently Enrolled in Willamette University College of Law

If you are applying for the JD/MBA program and are currently enrolled in the Willamette University College of Law, click here.


"Studying in the States" - Watch the Video

The U.S. Office of Homeland Security has developed a video to help international students planning to study in the us.  The "Student to Student - Studying in the States" video features current international students and takes only about five minutes to watch.


Contact Us With Your Questions

Applicants are always welcome to communicate with our admission staff. We are here to help you explore Willamette University's MBA programs and answer your questions. Email, call 503-370-6167 (toll free in the U.S. 866-MBA-AGSM), participate in our online chats, visit us on campus or meet our representatives at MBA events around the world.