Once again, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management has been recognized as a top U.S. MBA program in Poets&Quants’ MBA rankings for 2019–20. The Poets&Quants rankings represent the “Definitive List of the Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs,” as it combines the five most influential business school rankings in the world: U.S. News (weighted 35%), Forbes (25%), Businessweek (15%), The Financial Times (15%), and The Economist (10%).
This year, the Willamette MBA moves up a spot to 77, more than 20 spots over the University of Oregon (99), the only other Oregon program to appear in the rankings. In all of the Pacific Northwest, Willamette MBA is second only to the University of Washington.
It is an incredible achievement to be recognized as a top 100 U.S. program among more than 500 AACSB accredited programs.
“The Willamette MBA is a constant source of pride for all the Willamette community,” says Dean Mike Hand. “Reaffirmation as a Best Business School is just the most recent among the many reasons to celebrate Atkinson.”
Earlier in the fall, Willamette MBA was also ranked a best b-school by Bloomberg Businessweek.
The annual Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools ranking is based on compensation and job placement data for each school as well as on surveys of students, alumni and recruiters. Businessweek ranked schools in four separate categories — Compensation, Learning, Networking and Entrepreneurship.
Willamette MBA performed strongly in all categories, ranking 48th in Entrepreneurship, 67th in Learning, 85th in Compensation, and 89th in Networking with an overall U.S. ranking of 82 — the second highest-ranked school in the Pacific Northwest and first in Oregon.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s survey of students and alumni, on what’s best about the Willamette MBA program, students and alumni said the following:
“Taking incredibly difficult, highly demanding practical application courses which increased my abilities immensely, and electives that care more about your development and ability and knowledge improvement, rather than deliverables or difficulty.”
“This class helped us learn more about working with a real client and teamwork.”
“The entrepreneurship program and the industry leaders and professors who run that program.”