Early Career & Career Change MBA

Willamette's Early Career and Career Change MBA program is an excellent choice for students seeking career change or advancement who have at least two years of post-bachelor degree professional work experience in a management or a functional area.

Career change students benefit from combining the integrated curriculum, excellent faculty and hands-on learning of the Willamette MBA with customized experiential opportunities that recognize the value of previous work experience. Internships, PACE, class consulting projects, innovative experiential courses, career services, networking, and participation in student organizations build the professional resume of knowledge and experience needed for successful transitions in a competitive global economy.

In 21 months students develop:

  • an integrated cross-functional understanding of management
  • the tools of managerial decision-making
  • in-depth knowledge in one or more career areas of interest
  • team, leadership and networking skills
  • an enhanced resume of work experience
  • tools of strategic career management

An accelerated option of the MBA is also available for qualified students who have a strong academic background in management as well as professional work experience. Learn more

MBA Curriculum

1st Year - Fall Semester (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5103: Data Analysis, Modeling & Decision Making (3 credits)
  • GSM 5104: Managing Individuals, Teams and Organizations (3 credits)
  • GSM 5105: Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5107: Marketing: Creating Satisfied Consumers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5108: PACE I: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations, & Achieving Your Career Goals (3 credits)

1st Year - Spring Semester (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5109: PACE II: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organization, & Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture (3 credits)
  • GSM 5110: Economics, Finance and Markets (3 credits)
  • GSM 5114: Operations and Systems Management (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)

Summer Between First and Second Year  (3 MBA credits)

  • GSM 7251: Internships for Management  (3 credits)
    *Note: The internship is optional but highly recommended for all students. It is required for BA/MBA students.

Second Year - Fall Semester (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 6121: Politics and Public Policy for Managers (3 credits)
  • GSM 6122: Leading Ethical, Socially Responsible & Sustainable Organizations (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)

Second Year - Spring Semester (*12 to 15 MBA credits)
*Students who completed the 3 credit internship during the summer may only need to complete 12 MBA credits during this semester to meet graduation requirements.

  • GSM 6123: Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)    


Areas of interest

Career change students will pursue their individual career interests by selecting elective courses from one or more of the following areas of interest:

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