900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
The George H. Atkinson Graduate School of Management is a professional school; its purpose is to prepare students for management careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. It shares with the College of Liberal Arts the recognition that the best preparation for any career is the ability to think critically and to develop an understanding of the world around us.
The Atkinson Graduate School offers a well-rounded program that develops managers who know how to get things done; who recognize the importance of understanding other sectors of society; and who are adaptive and innovative. The two-year Master of Business Administration program is one of only two programs in the United States to achieve accreditation from the two most prestigious organizations evaluating management education: AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and NASPAA - The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
The learning environment emphasizes excellent teaching, teamwork, and the practical application of management theory to real organizations. The Atkinson School PaCE Project, case studies, internships, simulations, and consulting projects provide multiple opportunities to "learn by doing" and build the work experience valued by employers.
During the first year of study, students complete the required core curriculum; a set of twelve courses where students learn the financial, marketing, accounting, human resource, international, organizational, statistical, economic, quantitative, and information technology tools that support managerial decision-making. Students immediately apply what they learn through the Private, Public, and Community Enterprise Project (PaCE) - an intensive "hands-on" management experience where teams of students provide consulting services to local not-for-profit organizations and write a business plan.
During the second year of study, students use the elective curriculum to design a program that meets their individual career goals. Students may choose to pursue a broad background in general management or develop greater depth of knowledge in one or more career areas of interest including finance, general management, human resources, information technology, international management, marketing, organizational analysis, public management, and quantitative analysis.
Although Willamette University does not offer undergraduate degrees in business or public administration, the Atkinson School cooperates with the College of Liberal Arts in offering a combined B.A./M.B.A. degree program in Liberal Arts and Management. Additional information can be obtained by writing directly to the Office of Admission, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 97301, or visiting the Atkinson School's website.