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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Atkinson Graduate School of Management

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 the interrelationships between business, government and not-for-profit organizations; 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 program, class consulting projects, internships, case studies and simulations provide multiple opportunities to "learn by doing" and build the work experience valued by employers.

During the first year of MBA study, students complete the required first year curriculum; which consists of two MBA elective courses and eight MBA core courses. During their first year 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 Practical Application for Careers and Enterprises (PACE) - an intensive hands-on management experience where teams of students provide consulting services to local not-for-profit organizations and develop a plan for a new venture.

During the second year of MBA 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 accounting; entrepreneurship; finance; general management; human resources; information technology; international management; marketing; organizational analysis; and public and not-for-profit management. Students interested in international management and sustainability will also find an assortment of courses that support their career interests.

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.