Early Career & Career Change MBA

The Willamette Early Career and Career Change MBA is an excellent choice for early career students who are recent college graduates and students with limited work experience who are seeking their first professional position or career change. Previous work experience is not required.

The program features an excellent faculty, an integrated curriculum that provides the knowledge and perspective required for management decision-making, a full program of career services and student organizations, and resume building professional experience through internships, class consulting projects with real clients and a realm of innovative courses that emphasize "learning by doing." 

In just 21 months, Willamette MBA students learn the principles of management, refine their career interests, develop one or more career areas of interest, and build the network and portfolio of experience needed for successful careers in a competitive global economy.

MBA Curriculum

1st Year - Fall Semester (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5103: Data Analysis, Modeling & Decision Making (3 credits)
  • GSM 5104: Managing Individuals, Teams and Organizations (3 credits)
  • GSM 5105: Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5107: Marketing: Creating Satisfied Consumers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5108: PACE I: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations, & Achieving Your Career Goals (3 credits)

1st Year - Spring Semester (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5109: PACE II: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organization, & Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture (3 credits)
  • GSM 5110: Economics, Finance and Markets (3 credits)
  • GSM 5114: Operations and Systems Management (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)

Summer Between First and Second Year  (3 MBA credits)

  • GSM 7251: Internships for Management  (3 credits)
    *Note: The internship is optional but highly recommended for all students. It is required for BA/MBA students.

Second Year - Fall Semester (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 6121: Politics and Public Policy for Managers (3 credits)
  • GSM 6122: Leading Ethical, Socially Responsible & Sustainable Organizations (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)

Second Year - Spring Semester  (*12 to 15 MBA credits)
*Students who completed the 3 credit internship during the summer may only need to complete 12 MBA credits during this semester to meet graduation requirements.

  • GSM 6123: Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits) 



Areas of Interest

Early Career students will pursue their individual career interests by selecting elective courses from one or more of the following areas of interest.

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