Admission Process

It can be tempting to look at MBA applicants as a collection of data points, but that’s not what we do at Atkinson.

Graduate exam scores and undergraduate transcripts are great, but we know they don’t tell your whole story. We review each applicant with a holistic mindset, and we are looking for those prospective candidates that best fit our mission as a management school.

One thing we don’t require is professional experience. As an Early Career MBA, we build experiential learning directly into the curriculum. Here’s a few things we do require:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college/university accredited by the appropriate U.S. regional institutional agency, or an equivalent degree from another country, prior to the first semester of enrollment in the MBA program.
  • Free online application: Includes essays, resume, two recommendations.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & universities attended.
  • Two references
  • One essay
  • Official GMAT or GRE score. The GMAT code for Willamette MBA is 3MZ-PZ-27. The GRE code is 1181.
  • Interview: On campus, or via Skype or telephone.

Research shows that one of the biggest concerns for those considering earning their MBA are the exams. Our advice? Preparation and practice.


Application Deadlines for Fall Semester 2019

Round Due Date Decision Released
Early Action 1 Nov. 15, 2018 On or before Dec. 15, 2018
Early Action 2 March 15, 2019 On or before April 16, 2019
Standard Deadline May 1, 2019 On or before June 15, 2019
Rolling Deadline Begins May 2, 2019 Space Available Basis

Applicants are encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadlines for maximum consideration for admission and scholarship assistance.