How to apply for your MBA

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and apply to start your MBA at Willamette University. How to get started?

MBA students at work.
Seile, Bia, and Sam developing a strategy for organizational change in Managing Individuals, Organizations, and Teams.
  1. Create an account in the application portal. You don’t have to complete the whole application in one session; you can save your work and return to it later.
  2. Fill out the application, providing your name, contact information, educational history, professional experience, and more.
  3. Write your personal statement. This essay is your opportunity to share your motivations for seeking an MBA and how you will contribute to the strength of the cohort.
  4. Upload your professional resume. The admission committee is looking for a diverse range of professional experiences when building a cohort, so let them know who you are and what you’ve done.
  5. List two references. These should be professional or personal connections who know you well and can speak to your aptitude for success in a graduate program.
  6. Request official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you’ve attended.
  7. Register for your test. All candidates for admission must complete the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT. The school will reimburse you for the cost of the exam registration fee.
  8. Schedule your admission interview. Once you have submitted a complete application, a recruiter will contact you to schedule your admission interview.

Check out the application portal and get started today!

5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T get an MBA.

We get it. Life is busy. Families are important. Time is as limited as most people’s budgets. The decision to enroll in the MBA for Professionals program at Willamette can be a tough one for many working professionals.

We decided to help those of you who may be on the fence of enrolling. We have put together five reasons that perhaps may mean you SHOULDN’T get an MBA with Willamette…

1. Becoming your bosses’ boss

You’re busy, you know that. Your boss is busy. With the knowledge and tools, you gain while earning your MBA at Willamette, you will not be taking your bosses’ position, but your bosses’ bosses’ position. With an MBA from Willamette, you might end up stuck with that big fancy office, YUCK! Imagine in two years from now having to sit your current boss down to talk about their performance? Phew, are you ready for that?

2. That pool boy though

With all of those promotions, you will be making a lot more money. So much so that you will buy your own pool. That pool will require regular maintenance of course, which is no problem because you will have the money for it. Then your family and friends come over to swim, and they will be talking about your new pool boy. Are you ready to be the type of person who has casual conversations about their private pool?

3. All of those rejection letters

Moving up that quickly within your organization has to have people talking… about the awards and recognition that you deserve. So much so, that other organizations will be interested in having you work for them. You will be getting job offers for things you didn’t even apply for. Can you handle turning down people for positions over and over again?

4. What would your future self tell you to do?

Doing an MBA program is a lot of work, especially while still working your current job. If you met your future self who didn’t do an MBA they would probably say “No, don’t challenge yourself. Everything stayed the same and that is how I wanted it to be. Oh, besides a machine will take your job in 3 years.”

5. Could you handle it?

A Willamette MBA is ranked consistently as the best MBA in the state of Oregon. That in turn means you will have the best educators, with the toughest classes in the state. This prepares you to be the for any and all types of business. Are you ready for that?

Still not convinced? You are in the right place then. Check out the endless other posts here on the SocialMBA, all written by current MBA students. Your future network of alums!

Oh and that reminds us.. one more reason you might not want to to enroll in the MBA program for professionals..

Bonus Reason) All those lifelong friends you make…

After spending two years with your cohort you undoubtedly will walk away with at least a few (if not 15-20+) life long friends. The benefits of your new expanded network are obvious.. But not everyone likes friends. If you are the type that hates having good friends cheer for you and help you along in life for years to come… then maybe were not for you..

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made

It’s been almost 20 years since the last time I was in a classroom!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me recently how school’s going. It’s been nearly a year since I returned to the classroom to pursue an MBA with Willamette University, after graduating from college nearly 20 years ago.

It’s been a very challenging year balancing my ongoing career, time with my family, a painful back surgery and the work of a professional MBA program. However, I have to say it’s been one of the best decisions of my life because I’m learning material that is applicable in the office the very next day.

For example, I had a recent conversation with a Strategic Finance colleague and could speak to the build of a Net Present Value calculation and why we may or may not want to increase the discount rate of the future cash flows given the rather gloomy economic forecast of the next couple of years. A year ago, I didn’t know what NPV meant, let alone what a discount rate had to do with it.

In my short year with Willamette University we’ve covered a lot of ground, from resonant leadership styles and the development of emotional intelligence, to linear regressions and normal distributions, to assembling financial statements and managing COGS. I could go on and we’re only a year into the two-year program.

Never too old to go back to school

The night before I started at Willamette, I wrote:

Growing up, I never liked school. It was theoretical and I wanted to get out there and “do” something real. I wanted to get out there and conquer the world. Now into my second career, hopefully a bit wiser, and certainly a lot older, I look forward to the classroom. I see the potential application of new knowledge.”

The application of new knowledge back in the office is unquestionable. However, to date, I think the most valuable element of my Willamette experience is the people. I’ve built relationships with a small cohort of colleagues that remind me of the value of diverse perspectives. We vary in age, background, experience and qualifications. Yet, together, we generate some remarkable thinking that has certainly challenged me to examine my own perspectives on a variety of issues. They’ve made me a stronger thinker.

It’s a lot of work. It’s expensive. It’s not easy. It’s tiring. I made all of these excuses for several years before I took the MBA plunge. They’ve all proven to be 100% true. And yet, it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

To read about additional experiences from some of my colleagues scroll down!

Scott Burton

Director, Revenue Management & Portfolio Positioning  Cambia Health Solutions

Is Willamette MBA for Professionals for you?

• Do you feel stuck in your career?
• Do you want to be in a leadership role?
• Do you feel discouraged when looking at job requisitions that require an advanced degree?

If your answer is “yes” to the above questions, Willamette University MBA may be your ticket to advancement in your career. Willamette University MBA is designed for individuals starting out in their career and working professionals like you. The skills you may have learned in your undergraduate program may no longer be relevant in today’s growing industries. Demands are higher and it’s easy to get left behind.

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Willamette University MBA Campus

You may ask, “how can I go back to school, work full-time, and care for my family?” Willamette University MBA for Professionals, or MBA-P, is designed specifically for you. Here are seven reasons you should consider Willamette University MBA-P to expand your career:

  1. Working Professionals – The program is designed for busy personals, so classes are held in the evenings two nights a week.
  2. Great Locations – You can opt to attend class at the main campus in Salem, Oregon, or at the urban campus located in the heart of Portland.
  3. Support – The classes are intimate, and the academic and personal support from the faculty is vast.
  4. Streamlined Enrollment Process – The enrollment process is extremely fast and easy. Whenever you call or email the MBA for Professionals staff, you should expect a response within 24-hours, if not immediately.
  5. Peer Support – Unlike in a traditional university setting, your cohort will be made up of individuals in a similar life/career/family situation as you.
  6. Dynamic and Progressive – The curriculum offered is current and relevant to today’s business environment. Classes such as LEAD: Leadership Effectiveness and Development and Politics and Public Policy for Managers will give you the skills you can immediately use at your job. See the complete list of MBA for Professionals Course Descriptions.
  7. Willamette Foster’s Lifelong Learning – Graduation day doesn’t have to be the end of your time at Willamette University. “Willamette MBA alumni may register for select courses in the Early Career/ Career Change MBA or MBA for Professionals program free of charge … for life.” See more about the Willamette MBA for Life.
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MBA Cohort

In the next post in the MBA for Professionals series, we will explore in greater depth the benefits of earning your MBA from Willamette University!

The Princeton Review: Willamette University – Atkinson Graduate School of Management

What Alumni Are Saying:

While I received a solid ‘business’ base in the core courses, I was also able to satisfy my cravings for the social, philanthropic, and environmental realms through the great variety of courses and certificate programs offered. The opportunity to explore within my MBA changed my mind about the business world, which I previously viewed as stuffy and (yawn!) boring. – Caitlin

I loved the rigor of instruction with a strong emphasis on collaborative work and enjoyed the opportunity to apply in-school instruction with real-world situations.- Ezra

Source: Forbes The Best Business Schools

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