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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Combined Degree Programs

The combined degree programs developed by Willamette University allow students interested in management, engineering, and forestry to accelerate their training and earn degrees from Willamette University and other universities participating in the combined degree programs.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

The Willamette University College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) offer a combined degree program (B.A./M.B.A.) which allows eligible Willamette University CLA students to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration degree in five years. The B.A./M.B.A. program gives students the opportunity to pursue their interest in business, government and not-for-profit management while obtaining a liberal arts education, and provides a fast track for completion of the master's degree.

Students preparing for the B.A./M.B.A. program are enrolled in the CLA during their first three years of study at Willamette University, completing at least 23 credits and most courses required for their major. CLA students who transferred to Willamette University are required to complete at least 15 credits of undergraduate work at Willamette as well as most courses required for their major. The specific courses and number of CLA credits a student must complete during the first three years are determined by the student's CLA major department.

During the fourth year of study, B.A./M.B.A. students complete their senior experience courses at the CLA and at least eight (8) of the ten (10) core curriculum courses of the M.B.A. degree. At the end of the fourth year of study, B.A./M.B.A. students who have met all CLA graduation requirements are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree.

During the fifth year of the program, B.A./M.B.A. students complete the elective component of the M.B.A. degree and any remaining M.B.A. core courses and cocurricular requirements. At the end of the fifth year, B.A./M.B.A. students who have met all graduation requirements for the M.B.A. program are awarded the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree.

Application for admission to the Atkinson Graduate School M.B.A. segment of the B.A./M.B.A. should be completed by March 31 of the junior year. Students from all CLA major programs may apply for admission to the B.A./M.B.A. program.

The application process includes submission of the Atkinson Graduate School application for admission, official transcripts of all college coursework, official GMAT or GRE scores, two letters of reference, the written consent of the CLA department or program concerned, a personal statement of experience and goals, and an interview.

Applications are considered on an individual basis. Generally, a student will be considered for admission if he or she: (1) has the written consent of the undergraduate department or program; (2) has maintained normal progress during the first four semesters of undergraduate residence and shows evidence of the ability to maintain a 3.0 grade point average; (3) has performed at an acceptable level on the GMAT or GRE exam; (4) has demonstrated effective communication abilities in writing and speaking; (5) has, or will obtain, sufficient background in mathematics to succeed in courses required for the M.B.A. degree; (6) has completed introductory courses in economics, political science, and either psychology or sociology; and (7) completes the application process of the Atkinson Graduate School.

The Master of Business Administration degree of the B.A./M.B.A. program is one of only two degrees in the United States accredited for business and public management by the two most prestigious organizations evaluating management education: AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and NASPAA - the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Admission to the B.A./M.B.A. program is limited. Only students who have well-focused career interests in management are encouraged to apply.


To offer the advantages of a combined liberal arts and engineering program, Willamette University has arrangements with Columbia University, New York; the University of Southern California, California; and Washington University, Missouri, whereby a student may receive both a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette and a Bachelor of Science from the participating engineering school.

After three years in residence at Willamette University, the student may qualify for transfer to Columbia University, University of Southern California, or Washington University. To qualify for the program students must, at a minimum, complete the following courses: mathematics through differential equations, two semester sequence of introductory chemistry, two semester sequence of introductory physics, and computer programming. Other courses for a particular engineering field or school may be required or recommended. The student must complete the general education requirements: six Modes of Inquiry courses, two quantitative courses, foreign language, and four writing-centered courses. The student must also make progress towards completing a major. At any of our affiliated engineering schools, the student spends two years in any one of the several curricula in engineering. At the end of five years, he or she will receive the Bachelor of Science in engineering from Columbia, USC, or Washington and the Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University.

Another arrangement is possible with the engineering school of Columbia University on a four-two basis. Under this plan a student completes the Bachelor of Arts with a major in chemistry, physics or mathematics at Willamette University before taking the two years of engineering work. The student then receives either a Bachelor of Science in engineering or a Master of Science from Columbia University. These plans are available only in certain fields of engineering. Information concerning the engineering program may be obtained by consulting Dr. Roberta Bigelow of the Physics Department.


Willamette University has an agreement with Duke University School of Forestry in Durham, North Carolina, which enables students who plan to follow a career in forestry to enroll at Willamette University for three years and to attend Duke University for two years. At the end of the five-year period, two degrees are awarded - the Bachelor of Arts from Willamette and the Master of Science in Forestry or Master of Environmental Management from Duke. The undergraduate prerequisites specific for admission to Duke University are at least one course each in biological science, calculus, statistics and microeconomics; students are also expected to have a working knowledge of microcomputers for word processing and data analysis. Students interested in this program should contact Dr. Scott Hawke of the Biology Department.