Willamette University’s BA/MBA program combines the powerful learning experiences of the College of Liberal Arts and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management to prepare students for rewarding careers in entrepreneurial, business, consulting, government and not-for-profit enterprises.
BA/MBA Fast FactsFast Fact #1: Willamette CLA students have the unique opportunity to pursue a liberal arts education in any major they choose and complete both their BA and MBA in just five years. The results:
- highly developed 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-world professional experience
- a career roadmap for successful internship and job searches
- leadership, team and career management skills
Fast Fact #2: Willamette University’s MBA program is a national leader in early career MBA education. The Willamette MBA emphasizes experiential learning and is specifically designed to help students build the knowledge and work experience they need to jump start their careers through MBA courses, internships, consulting projects, in-depth case studies, the PACE program and more.
Fast Fact #3: The Willamette MBA provides breadth and depth of knowledge through a strategic combination of required and elective coursework.
Fast Fact #4: The Willamette MBA prepares students for careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations.
Fast Fact #5: BA/MBA students can successfully combine the BA/MBA with other CLA activities and athletics.
Fast Fact #6: BA/MBA students can pursue any Willamette BA major area of study as preparation for the BA/MBA.
CLA Rules Regarding Eligibility to Apply for the BA/MBA
The first step in determining a student’s eligibility to apply for the BA/MBA is decided by the student’s CLA major advisor and/or department. Students, who by the end of their junior year will meet the following eligibility requirements established by the College of Liberal Arts, may apply for admission to the BA/MBA.
- Completed at least 23 credits of CLA course work including general education requirements andmost courses required for their major. The 23 credit minimum is the guideline established by the College of Liberal Arts. However, CLA also notes that the specific courses and number of CLA credits a student must complete to be eligible to apply to the BA/MBA is determined by the CLA major department.
Students who meet the minimum 23 credit requirement described above may complete up to two required CLA courses (such as senior seminar, thesis or other required CLA courses) during the first year of the BA/MBA program.
- Students who transferred to CLA are required to complete at least 15 credits at the College of Liberal Arts including general education requirements and most courses required for their major. The 15 credit minimum is the guideline established by the College of Liberal Arts. However, CLA also notes that the specific courses and number of CLA credits a transfer student must complete to be eligible to apply to the BA/MBA is determined by the CLA major department.
Students who meet the minimum credit requirements as described above may complete up to two required CLA courses (such as senior seminar, thesis or other required CLA courses) during the first year of the BA/MBA program.
BA/MBA Application Process
BA/MBA applicants should complete their application by March 1st of their junior year to receive maximum consideration for scholarship assistance. Application to the MBA segment of the BA/MBA program requires all of the following:
- Email or letter from the CLA advisor or department chairperson stating the student has met requirements to complete the BA degree through the BA/MBA program, and listing all CLA courses to be completed during the senior year of study
- Application for Admission to the MBA Program (available online)
- Official transcripts of all college/university course work
- Official copy of GMAT or General GRE scores
- Two reference forms or letters of reference
- Three essays (essays are presented and included in the application document)
General Timeline and 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.
BA/MBA students must complete a supervised MBA internship as part of their MBA graduation requirements. Students complete their internship during the summer between the senior and fifth years of study, or during the fifth year of study.
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.