It can be tempting to look at MBA applicants as a collection of data points, but that's not what we do at Atkinson.

Graduate exam scores and undergraduate transcripts are great, but we know they don't tell your whole story. We review each applicant with a holistic mindset and we are looking for candidates who will thrive in an MBA program that emphasizes experiential learning, teamwork, an integrated understanding of management decision making, and professional development.

One thing we don't require is professional experience. Willamette MBA students build the professional experience they need to succeed in a competitive job market by actively participating in our renown MBA learning environment.

All applicants to the Willamette MBA must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college/university accredited by the appropriate U.S. regional institutional agency, or an equivalent degree from another country, completed prior to the first semester of enrollment in the MBA program.

Applicants must submit all of the application documents listed below. International applicants should click here.

  1. Online Application - Complete the free Willamette MBA application. You will use the online application to submit general information about yourself, essay, and names of references as described below. You do not need to complete all of your application information at once. You may save your work and return to your application later.
  2. Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts of all academic coursework can be uploaded to the application online and used for the initial admission decision. Official Transcripts will be required if a student is admitted, and must be sent directly from each institution previous attended by email to, or mailed to Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management 900 State Street Salem, OR 97301.

    Official transcripts submitted directly from applicants must be received in a sealed envelope and must display the appropriate official signature and/or seal of the transcript institution. Transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be in English or accompanied by an official English translation of the transcript.
  3. Two references - Provide the names and contact information for two individuals who are familiar with your work performance, professional or leadership experience, and character. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted. Your recommenders will receive a hyperlink by which they will provide their recommendation.
  4. Resume - Your resume should detail your work experience, if any, and include achievements and awards earned in school, co-curriculars, community involvement, or on the job.
  5. Personal Statement (Essay) - The personal statement helps the admission committee understand your motivations for seeking an MBA and how we can help you achieve your desired goals.
  6. Official GMAT or GRE score - The GMAT code for Willamette MBA is 3MZ-PZ-27. The GRE code is 1181.
  7. Admission Interview - All applicants must interview via zoom, telephone, or in-person. Interviews are scheduled by invitation.
  8. Supplemental Application Materials - Applicants may submit supplemental information electronically, via email at, or by mail to Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management, 900 State Street Salem, OR 97301.

All application materials and documents submitted as part of the application process become the property of the Willamette University MBA program and cannot be returned.

Your admission team is here to help you through the process. Please contact us directly with your questions and information needs.

Tony Cassinerio
Assistant Director of Recruitment

Nate Naggi
Assistant Director of Recruitment

Application Deadlines for Fall Semester 2024

Round Due Date Decision Released
Early Action Dec. 15, 2023 On or before Jan. 15, 2024
Priority 1 Deadline Feb. 15, 2024 On or before Mar. 15, 2024
Priority 2 Deadline Apr. 15, 2024 On or before May 15, 2024
Final Deadline May 15, 2024 On or before Jun. 15, 2024
Rolling Deadline After May 15, 2024 Space Available Basis

Applicants are encouraged to apply by the Early Action deadlines for maximum consideration for admission and scholarship assistance.

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The Willamette MBA is ranked one of the "Best Business Schools" in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Forbes magazine ranks the Willamette MBA as one of the Best Business Schools in the U.S." for Return on Investment.

Poets & Quants ranks the Willamette MBA as one of the Top U.S. MBA programs.

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Early Career and Career Change MBA

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900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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