BA/MBA Curriculum

BA/MBA students complete the curriculum and learning experience of the Willamette Early Career and Career Change MBA program. 

The program emphasizes experiential learning and is specifically designed to help early career students build the knowledge, work experience and career management tools they need to prepare for rewarding careers in entrepreneurial, business, consulting, government and not-for-profit enterprises.

The curriculum is comprised of a strategic combination of required and elective courses that provide the following benefits:

  • an understanding of the principles of management every manager should know
  • an integrated perspective of management that supports effective management decision-making
  • in-depth knowledge in one or more of nine areas of expertise
  • real professional experience employers value
  • up to three semesters of internship experience
  • leadership, communication, and teamwork skills
  • tools of career management and professional behavior

BA/MBA students may complete up to two of their CLA course requirements during the first year of the MBA program. These courses usually involve the thesis and senior experience courses. Click to see the two year curricular path for BA/MBA students needing zero, one or two CLA courses when they begin the MBA program.

BA and MBA Degree Timeline

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.

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.