Early Career & Career Change MBA

As a national leader in experiential education, the Willamette MBA prepares students for their first professional position, career change and advancement in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. The Early Career and Career Change MBA includes 3 formats: MBA, BA/MBA and JD/MBA

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    Unique Multi-sector Approach

    Prepare for Careers in Business, Entrepreneurship and Public Service.

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    Find Your Path

    The Willamette MBA is a top-ranked program specifically designed for early career and career change students.

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    Accredited and Ranked

    Rated as one of the best MBA programs in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Poets & Quants. Accredited by AACSB International and NASPAA.

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    Excellence in Experiential Learning

    Build your professional work experience while you complete your MBA.

As a Willamette MBA student you will:

• Gain a wealth of new knowledge and apply what you learn to real clients in your first-year PACE course, experiential elective courses, and class consulting projects.

• Build your professional experience through elective courses that give you the opportunity to manage a real organization that can positively affect the community and bottom line.

• Enhance your network and professional resume by completing up to three semesters of internship.

• Build the breadth of knowledge all managers need for an integrated perspective of strategic management decision making.

• Develop in-depth knowledge in your specific career interests by choosing one or more of 10 MBA concentrations.

• Learn from an excellent faculty who are award-winning teachers, researchers, professional leaders and mentors.

• Enhance your communication, leadership, networking and team skills.

• Benefit from a complete program of career services, job search tools, and student professional organizations.

• Live, study and work in the Pacific Northwest. A place noted for its lifestyle, friendly people, natural resources, and legendary companies including Intel, Nike, Hewlett Packard, Columbia Sportswear and more.

• Graduate with the complete professional portfolio employers value, and with a degree ranked by Forbes as one of the top in the US for return on investment.

The benefits of the Willamette MBA are many, and the distinct structure of our curriculum and learning experience make it an excellent choice for students seeking their first professional position, career change, or advancement. In just 21 months at Willamette, you will learn the principles of management, refine your career interests, develop one or more career areas of interest, and build the network and portfolio of experience employers value.

Accreditations and Rankings

The Willamette MBA is accredited for business by AACSB International, and for public administration by NASPAA.

Businessweek ranks Willamette MBA as one of the "Best Business Schools" in the U.S."

Forbes ranks Willamette MBA as one of the "Best Business Schools in the U.S." for return on investment.

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

Willamette MBA is also recognized by Princeton Review as one of the best business schools in the nation.

Willamette University

Early Career and Career Change MBA

Salem Campus

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

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