Willamette MBA program earns top honor for student services and engagement

The Graduate Management Admission Council has awarded Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management the top honor in its "Team MBA" program.

The Institutional Award recognizes the Willamette MBA program's commitment to student services, social engagement, community involvement and student-led programs.

Willamette competed against top management programs from across the country, edging out finalists Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business and Indiana University Kelly School of Business. Past winners include Vanderbilt University and Boston University.

"The Team MBA Institutional Award is exciting and gratifying," said Debra Ringold, dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise. "It affirms our program's mission to educate leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors."

Willamette's MBA programs incorporate service and stewardship into the curriculum through experiential projects, including the PACE program, which pairs full-time MBA students with local non-profit and government organizations. Students in the evening MBA program often work with non-profit or government organizations as part of their final project.

The Team MBA award comes on the heels of the Willamette MBA program's re-accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation ensures that Willamette meets the highest standards for preparing graduates for careers in the public sector.

The Willamette MBA is one of only two programs in the world dually accredited for business (through AACSB International) and public administration (through NASPAA).