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Early Career & Career Change MBA

Leading the way in experiential learning, Willamette MBA provides the ultimate preparation for young professionals, career changers, and those seeking advancement in business, government, and non-profit sectors. The Early Career and Career Change MBA offers a variety of formats, including MBA, BA/MBA, and JD/MBA.

Willamette MBA students in class


Our Early Career & Career Change MBA program includes three formats: MBA, BA/MBA and JD/MBA.


MBA curriculums are designed for students seeking their first professional position or career change.

Career Management

Willamette MBA offers a comprehensive career development program.

Why Willamette

Explore the benefits of an MBA from Willamette University.


Take a look at our most frequently asked questions and answers.

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 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.

Benefits of a Willamette MBA

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.

Exterior view of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University

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.

Academic Calendar & Course Schedule

Willamette MBA programs are on a semester system with two semesters — fall and spring. An optional summer semester is also available.


Contact Us

Connect with our Early Career and Career Change MBA team. We are ready to assist with any inquiries you may have.

Willamette University

Early Career and Career Change MBA

Salem Campus

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