Willamette University MBA ranks again — Poets&Quants

by Andrew Hickey,

Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management rises in Poets&Quants’ MBA ranking.

Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management has once again been included in Poets&Quants’ MBA Ranking, moving up three spots on the list from its position last year.

Currently at number 77 out of Poets&Quants’ top 100 MBA programs, the Willamette University MBA is one of only two schools in the Pacific Northwest region to be ranked on the list.


“Our continued ranking in the top tier is a testament to the hard work of the entire Willamette University MBA community — students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers and friends — of which we should be proud,” Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise Debra J. Ringold said.

Poets&Quants, a publication focusing on graduate business education, formulates its top 100 list of MBA programs by combining scores from the world’s five most influential business school rankings into one comprehensive, composite score for each school. The list does not simply present the averages of these different ranking scores — rather, Poets&Quants assigns different weights to each ranking based on how much influence the publication perceives them to have (Bloomberg Businessweek carries 15 percent weight, Forbes carries 25 percent, and so on).

According to Poets&Quants, the list “is far more stable — and reliable — than most rankings published elsewhere, taking into account a massive wealth of quantitative and qualitative data captured in these major lists, from surveys of corporate recruiters, MBA graduates, deans and faculty publication records to median GPA and GMAT scores of entering students as well as the latest salary and employment statistics of alumni.”

About the Program: Willamette University’s full-time Early Career and Career Change MBA program continues to thrive as the top-ranked MBA program in Oregon. By focusing on students who are early in their professional lives or looking to shift career direction, our MBA maximizes the return on investment for alumni by providing the experience, skills and confidence that help them shape their career. Our full-time MBA is one of only two in the nation with a rare dual accreditation from AASCB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration).

For more information on Willamette University MBA, go to willamette.edu/mba.

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