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Willamette University MBA admission process

Whether you are a recent graduate looking to kickstart your career or a working professional seeking to enhance your skills, our MBA programs offer a world-class education tailored to your needs. Willamette University will walk you through the MBA admissions process, program requirements, and the various MBA formats we offer. Start the MBA application process today!

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MBA Program Requirements and Format Options

At Willamette, we understand that not all MBA candidates have the same needs or career goals. That's why we offer three distinct MBA programs to suit your aspirations. Review all formats below to learn more about the program and the application process.

  • Early Career & Career Change MBA (Full-Time MBA Program)

    Are you a recent grad or thinking about a career pivot? Dive into Willamette University's Early Career & Career Change MBA. Crafted for the ambitious student, our program stands out as a top choice for both domestic and international students seeking a comprehensive business foundation.

    Why choose this MBA?

    • Tailored Education: Designed for those new to the business world or shifting career paths.
    • Global Perspective: Join a diverse cohort, with international students enriching the learning experience.
    • Deep Dive: This full-time journey ensures you emerge ready to thrive in today's business landscape.


    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

    Application Process:

    • Begin with our streamlined online application.
    • Upload your transcripts and resume.
    • Provide references.
    • Share a personal statement.
    • Submit your GMAT or GRE score.
    • Finally, an admission interview completes your application.

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  • MBA for Professionals (Part-Time MBA Program)

    Juggling work and ambition? Willamette's MBA for Professionals program is tailored for go-getters like you. Pursue your MBA part-time, with flexible evening classes, ensuring you don't skip a beat in your career.

    Leap ahead in your profession while still on the job. Explore our MBA program tailored for today's professionals.


    • A bachelor's degree.
    • Minimum of three years of professional experience.

    Application Checklist:

    • Personal statement showcasing your aspirations.
    • Updated resume.
    • Two professional references.
    • Official academic transcripts.
    • GMAT or GRE score. (Note: Waivers are available for eligible applicants.)
    • A candid admissions interview to wrap up your application.

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  • One-Year MBA Program

    Eager to catapult your career in record time? Dive into Willamette's accelerated One-Year MBA. Tailored for driven individuals, this immersive program propels you back into the professional realm within a year.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • An AACSB-accredited bachelor's degree in business administration obtained within the last five years.
    • A GPA of 3.3 or higher from your undergraduate studies.
    • Qualifying scores from GMAT, GRE, or LSAT.

    Application Checklist:

    • Official academic transcripts.
    • Two professional references.
    • An up-to-date resume.
    • A compelling personal statement.
    • Your GMAT or GRE score.
    • A concluding admissions interview to round off your application.

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MBA deferred admission & dual degree programs

Are you a current undergraduate student interested in our MBA programs? Willamette University offers a deferred admission option that allows you to secure your spot in our MBA program while you complete your bachelor's degree. This program is an excellent opportunity for ambitious students to plan ahead and guarantee their spot in our competitive MBA programs. Start by learning more about the BA/MBA program.

Willamette's MBA program also offers a JD/MBA dual degree option as well as an MBA/MSDS dual degree option. Review specific business school requirements to enroll in these joint programs.


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Tuition, Aid&Scholarships

Almost all MBA students receive merit-based scholarships, which you are automatically eligible for upon application.

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How to Apply for an MBA at Willamette University

Applying for an MBA at Willamette University is a straightforward process designed to help you succeed. Follow these steps to start your journey:
  • Step 1: Explore Your Options
    Begin by exploring our MBA programs and determining which format aligns with your goals and lifestyle. Consider your background, career aspirations, and whether you are interested in full-time, part-time, or one-year MBA options. Make sure to also review application deadlines to understand program timelines. Many programs offer early action as well as a rolling deadline.
  • Step 2: Gather Required Documents
    Collect all the necessary documents, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and your statement of purpose for the admissions officers. Check the specific program requirements and ensure you meet them.
  • Step 3: Prepare for GMAT/GRE (if necessary)
    If you need to take the GMAT or GRE, make sure you prepare for the exam. You can also explore our GMAT/GRE waiver option if you meet the criteria.
  • Step 4: Complete the Online Application
    Visit our admissions portal and complete the online application to apply to one of the top business schools in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Make sure to provide accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Step 5: Pay the Application Fee
    To finalize your application, submit the required application fee. Our admissions team will review your materials once they process the fee. Review important financial aid information and relevant MBA scholarship opportunities to get a better understanding of the total cost.
  • Step 6: Interview (if requested)
    In some cases, as part of the admissions process, we may request an interview. Prepare to discuss your background, goals, and why you want to pursue an MBA at Willamette University.
  • Step 7: Await Admission Decision
    Our admissions committee will carefully review all business school applications to make a decision based on your qualifications and fit with our MBA programs.
  • Step 8: Secure Your Spot
    If admitted, congratulations! You'll receive instructions on how to secure your spot in the program, including submitting your deposit.
  • Step 9: Prepare for Success
    Once enrolled, you'll join a dynamic community of students, faculty, and alumni dedicated to your success. Prepare for an enriching educational experience that will propel your career to new heights.
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Applying for an MBA as an international student

Our program also welcomes international MBA students. We're globally accredited, we have a strong alumni network, and we offer hands-on learning through internship opportunities. We're focused on providing a diverse and inclusive community.

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Get the MBA application process started

Embarking on your MBA journey at Willamette University is a significant step towards personal and professional growth. Whether you're pursuing our Early Career & Career Change MBA, MBA for Professionals, or another MBA program, we are committed to providing you with the education and support needed to excel in the business world. Our streamlined admissions process ensures that your path to excellence is accessible and achievable.

If you're ready to take the next step or have any questions about our MBA programs or the admissions process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our admissions team. We look forward to welcoming you to the Willamette University MBA community and helping you achieve your goals.

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