Your MBA is an Investment - Why Now?

Everyone knows the worldwide economic situation is constantly changing. A changing economy is a perfect time to add the MBA to your resume of experience and prepare for your future. A changing economy also makes it even more important to choose the program that is designed to meet your career goals. Financial aid is available and accessible.

The Willamette MBA staff has talked to many of you and prepared a guide to help you with the most common questions about planning for your MBA.

  1. Is this good time to pursue an MBA?
  2. What should I consider when choosing the institution where I will pursue my MBA?
  3. What is AACSB International Accreditation and why should it be important to me?
  4. Is financial aid available to cover the costs associated with my MBA at Willamette?
  5. Who can I talk to if I have questions about loans or financing my MBA education?
  6. How can I learn more about Willamette University's MBA programs?

1. Is this good time to pursue an MBA?

Yes. Pursuing an MBA is an investment in yourself and your professional future. It is the right step in any economic market if you are ready to retool and advance your career. A great MBA program, like Willamette, will increase your knowledge, enhance your real-world experience and provide the portfolio of tools needed for success in a competitive job market.

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2. What should I consider when choosing the institution where I will pursue my MBA?

When choosing your MBA, be sure to select an AACSB Accredited program designed to meet your goals.

Willamette has MBA programs specifically designed to prepare students for:

  • First professional position
  • Career change
  • Career advancement
  • Career enhancement

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3. What is AACSB International Accreditation and why should it be important to me?

Earning your MBA is a major step in your life — and your degree should represent the hard work you put into it. AACSB accreditation is the internationally-recognized hallmark of excellence for business schools and represents the highest standards of achievement for business schools worldwide. All Willamette MBA programs are accredited by the AASCB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

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4. Is financial aid available to cover the costs associated with my MBA at Willamette?

Yes. Most Willamette MBA students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be eligible to cover 100% of the costs for tuition, books, and living expenses through government educational loan programs. These loans are the Federal Stafford Loan programs (subsidized and unsubsidized) and the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan program.

Government loans make it possible for MBA students to invest in a future of expanded career opportunities and increased earning power. Federal Stafford and Federal Graduate PLUS loans are available and are the most common source of financial assistance for MBA students. There is no need to borrow from private educational loans.

Processing of graduate loans is based on your completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information on the FAFSA can be found at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

If you are currently in repayment of your loans and are looking for resources, check out The NoLo Legal Companion or other resources on GoCollege.

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5. Who can I talk to if I have questions about loans or financing my MBA education?

Willamette MBA staff is available to answer your questions and provide you with more information on admission and financial aid.

Early Career and Career Change MBA (full-time):
Aimee Akimoff – Director of Recruitment
Judy O’Neill – Assistant Dean and Director of Admission
Phone: 503.370.6167

MBA for Professionals (evening):
Tina Alexander – Director
Lisa Hylton – Admission Counselor
Phone: 503.808.9901

Admission staff can also connect you to the Willamette University Financial Aid office for your specific questions.

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6. How can I learn more about Willamette University's MBA programs?

The Willamette Early Career and Career Change MBA is designed to prepare students for their first professional career position, career change or advancement. The programs share an innovative hands-on curriculum and build the portfolio of knowledge and experience students need to succeed in a competitive job market.

The Willamette University MBA for Professionals program prepares students for career advancement through an integrated evening program where individual student outcomes are understood and met. Concepts are immediately applied to the workplace resulting in increased responsibilities and more career opportunities.

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