Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management (MBA)

Why you should consider this program

The Willamette Early Career & Career Change MBA prepares students for their first professional position, career change or advancement in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Our program is the top-ranked MBA in Oregon and one of a handful of top-tier schools on the West Coast. Our faculty has constructed a curriculum that features experiential programs and consequential learning. What does that mean? You will get hands-on experience managing real clients and real capital with real consequences. Perhaps most importantly, our mission as an institution is to help launch leaders into their career built on a foundation of service to others.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 81,300 $ 20,235 $ 61,065
Out of state $ 81,300 $ 20,235 $ 61,065
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Minimum 25% per year tuition scholarship.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

All Fellows are considered for additional merit-based scholarships up to full tuition.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,000

Application fee waived?



All Willamette MBA students participate in the PACE (Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises) program where they serve as consultants and support the activities of selected not-for-profit and government enterprises. This service/consulting project provides a valuable opportunity to build real-world experience and contribute to the community through enhancing the operations of a client service organization. In addition, Willamette MBA students have the rare opportunity to participate in up to three semesters of supervised internship experiences in business, government or not-for-profit organizations.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Senior Pricing Analyst at Intel Corporation
  • Communications Manager at Nike Process 
  • Improvement Intern at Oregon Department of Transportation 
  • Capacity and Development Manager at St. Francis Shelter
  • Project Manager at Lightspeed GMI 
  • MBA Graduate Intern at Kaiser Permanente 
  • Performance Management Director at Nike Marketing Operations Manager at Nike

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Online application, two recommendations, GMAT or GRE score, official transcripts, two essays, Peace Corps Description of Service and an interview.

Admissions process

Indicate you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship and associated benefits.

Program begins

Mid August

Non-traditional options

To qualify for the Coverdell Fellowship, students must be enrolled full-time in the Early Career and Career Change MBA program.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Tony Cassinerio, Director of Recruitment

900 State St.
Salem, OR 97301