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    Forbes Names Willamette’s MBA Program One of Top in Nation

    Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management has been named to Forbes magazine’s “Best Business Schools” list for 2009. The rankings, which recognize the top 75 schools in the U.S., are based on each program’s return on investment to graduates.

    Willamette is the highest-ranked program in Oregon and one of only three programs in the Northwest to make the list. Business schools across the U.S. are ranked on career services, placement rates and pre- and post-MBA salary levels.

    In addition, the Princeton Review in Entrepreneur magazine ranked the Willamette MBA Program as one of the nation’s top 15 graduate schools for preparing students for careers in marketing. The ranking, based on a survey of 19,000 students worldwide, determines which schools best prepare students to become entrepreneurs. Atkinson was also recognized by the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, which named it one of the top 100 MBA programs in the country for environmental responsibility and stewardship.

    The Atkinson Graduate School of Management is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide. Atkinson is also a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

    “The Forbes ranking is an outstanding achievement for our school, our faculty and our graduates,” says Debra Ringold, dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise. “We are pleased to be honored as the highest-ranked school in the state of Oregon and as one of the most elite management programs in the country.

    “The Forbes survey speaks to the quality of our program and is evidence that Willamette MBA graduates experience a high return on their educational investment. Our program prepares them for meaningful and successful careers.”

    Full-time students choose a five-year BA/MBA, two-year Early Career MBA or MBA for Career Change, or a four-year MBA/JD. An MBA for Professionals program in Salem or Portland is available for working professionals. The Executive Development Center offers non-degree programs and certificates for executives and managers. Certificates are offered in Sustainable Enterprise Development, Public Management, Utility Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Action Research, and Transit and Community Transportation Management.

    For more information about Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management , visit http://www.willamette.edu/mba, or read Forbes magazine’s profile. The complete Forbes magazine article is available on its website