The Willamette MBA offers an exceptional and unique opportunity for students interested in government, not-for-profit management and public service. As one of only two MBA programs in the world dually accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and NASPAA: the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, Willamette students interested in Public and Not-for-Profit Management gain direct understanding and experience with the issues of government and not-for-profit organizations and the proven management tools of business.

Willamette students also directly benefit from our proximity to the government offices of the State of Oregon, our active chapter of Net Impact, the Willamette University Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, the relationships we have developed with government and not-for-profit organizations through the PACE program and client projects.

Job titles of alumni in public and not-for-profit careers include city manager, commissioner, regional development officer, director, community development manager, project officer, policy analyst, and other functionally oriented titles such as analyst, director, auditor and manager.

Students may choose to pursue a formal concentration in Public and Not-for-Profit Management. To complete the Public and Not-for-Profit Management concentration, students must have been enrolled in the Atkinson School during the 2019-20 academic year, declare Public and Not-for-Profit Management as a concentration, complete a minimum of three (3) courses from the following list of elective courses with a grade of B (3.0) or higher, and meet all other requirements for graduation. The final MBA transcript of students who meet all of the above requirements will list Public and Not-for-Profit Management as an area of concentration.

  • GSM 6013A/B - Philanthropic Investment for Community Impact (two-semester course). Previously called Grant Administration: Concept to Consequences
  • GSM 6201 - Public Policy Studies
  • GSM 6203 - Seminar in Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • GSM 6231 - Strategic Marketing for Public and Private Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • GSM 6296 - Sustainability Management
  • GSM 7251 - Internship (must be in government or not-for-profit management)
It is possible that a specific course may not be offered in a given year.

Willamette University

Early Career and Career Change MBA

Salem Campus

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

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