Application Process

Applications for the Willamette University MBA for Professionals program may be submitted online.  All applications submitted online are waived of the $100 paper application fee. If you are interested in obtaining a paper application, please contact the MBA for Professionals program.  Supplemental application materials may be submitted electronically or by mail.  

Application Requirements and Checklist

All applicants to the MBA for Professionals must have:

  • a bachelor degree from a U.S. college/university accredited by the appropriate U.S. regional institutional accrediting agency (or an equivalent degree from another country)
  • at minimum, 3 years of post-bachelor degree, full-time professional work experience.

Applicants must submit all of the application documents listed below. Materials may be submitted all together or piece-by-piece.

  1. Online Application – The completed MBA for Professionals online application.  A personal statement is required as part of the official online application.  Personal statements need to be mailed or emailed (
  2. Professional Resume - Your professional resume should detail your career progression and can include professional achievements and awards. Mail or email ( your most current resume to the MBA office.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation (one professional and one personal) written by individuals who are familiar with your work performance, professional or leadership experience and character. We encourage letters be submitted directly from the author to the Willamette MBA for Professionals program.  Letters may be mailed or emailed ( An MBA alumni referral may count toward the letter requirement by completing the alumni referral form.
  4. GMAT or GRE Score - An official score from the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), taken within the last five years. The Willamette University code for the GMAT is 3MZ-PZ-34 and the code for the GRE is 1181.
  5. Official Transcripts - Official transcripts of all academic course work. We encourage you to request transcripts be mailed directly to the Willamette MBA for Professionals office. Official transcripts submitted by applicants must be received in a sealed envelope and display the appropriate official signature and/or seal of the institution. Applicants whose degree(s) were granted outside of the U.S. must provide their official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work accompanied by an English translation of the records and transcripts.
  6. Admission Interview – Applicants whose completed application materials indicate a potential for a positive admission decision will be invited by the Admission Committee to interview with the Assistant Dean/Director of Admission.

Supplemental application materials may be submitted electronically, via email (, or by mail to the Willamette University Portland Center:

Willamette University MBA for Professionals
926 NW 13th Avenue, Suite 110
Portland, Oregon 97209

Application Documents Cannot Be Returned

All application materials and documents submitted as part of the application process become the property of the Willamette University MBA program and cannot be returned.

Willamette University Diversity Statement

Willamette University is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in employment, activities, and its academic programs. The University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability or age. Willamette is firmly committed to adhere to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and their implementing regulations.

Willamette University complies with the Student-Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act and Clery Act, the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For information on who to contact with questions regarding the University’s compliance with these laws, contact the Office of Human Resources, Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301, 503-370-6210.

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

Willamette University's (including the Atkinson Graduate School of Management) annual security report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. You may request a paper copy from the Willamette University Office of Campus Safety.

For more information on safety, student right-to-know and equal opportunity on campus, please visit our compliance page.

MBA for Professionals

Portland cohorts begin each January and September

Salem cohorts begin each September

We're here to assist you through every stage of the application process. Contact us today to connect with us and learn more about the program.

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