Public and Not-for-Profit Management

The Willamette MBA offers an exceptional and unique opportunity for students interested in government, not-for-profit management and public service. As one of only two MBA programs in the world dually accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (also known as NASPAA: The Global Standard in Public Service Education), Willamette students interested in Public and Not-for-Profit Management gain direct understanding and experience with the issues of government and not-for-profit organizations and the proven management tools of business.

Willamette students also directly benefit from our proximity to the government offices of the State of Oregon, our active chapter of Net Impact, the Willamette University Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, the relationships we have developed with not-for-profit organizations through the PACE program and client projects, and rich resume building experiential elective courses such as "Not-for-Profit Management" and the "Business of Government."

Job titles of alumni in public and not-for-profit careers include city manager, commissioner, regional development officer, director, community development manager, project officer, policy analyst, and other functionally oriented titles such as analyst, director, auditor and manager.

The elective courses listed below are recommended for students interested in Public and Not-for-Profit Management. Students may select courses from the analytical track, general management track, and other areas of interest to build a customized individual program that meets their specific goals.

Elective courses in each area of interest are offered every year. It is possible that a specific course may not be offered in a given year and that previous courses will be replaced by new courses. Current and recent course schedules are available at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/for_students/full_time/course_schedules/index.html

Recommended Elective Courses to Consider - Analytical Track

  • GSM 6201 - Public Policy Studies
  • GSM 6203 - Seminar in Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • GSM 6210 - Managerial Accounting
  • GSM 6215 - Compensation and Rewards
  • GSM 6216 - Business and Economic Forecasting
  • GSM 6217 - Strategic Applications of Quantitative and Information Tools
  • GSM 6219 - Spreadsheet Modeling for Managerial Decision Making (previous title: Management Science)
  • GSM 6231 - Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • GSM 6232 - Public Finance
  • GSM 6233 - Credit Risk and Fixed Income
  • GSM 6245 - Seminar in Management Control
  • GSM 6249 - Project Management
  • GSM 6286 - Negotiation
  • GSM 6289 - The Business of Government
  • GSM 7251 - Internship

Recommended Elective Courses to Consider - General Management Track

  • GSM 6201 - Public Policy Studies
  • GSM 6211 - Managing Organizational Change
  • GSM 6216 - Business and Economic Forecasting
  • GSM 6219 - Spreadsheet Modeling for Managerial Decision Making (previous title: Management Science)
  • GSM 6231 - Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • GSM 6232 - Public Finance
  • GSM 6249 - Project Management
  • GSM 6265 - Not-for-Profit Governance and Management
  • GSM 6268 - Leadership
  • GSM 6274 - HR Management in the Public and Non-profit Sector
  • GSM 6286 - Negotiation
  • GSM 6289 - The Business of Government
  • GSM 6295 - Public Relations and Crisis Communication
  • GSM 7252 - Internship