Established in 1974, the Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management provides the MBA for Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, US. It is accredited for business administration and public administration and one of only two MBA programmes globally to have this distinction.
Among its various historical markers are: rebranding from Willamette University School of Administration to honour George H. Atkinson (1978), a construction industry leader and Williamette trustee and its largest donor; the establishment of the Center for Business-Government Studies (1978) to analyse the relationships between the government and businesses and being ranked by Forbes magazine as among their "Best Business Schools" (2009 and 2011).
Currently there are 312 students in attendance, across the MBA for early career and career change (full-time); MBA for professionals (evening classes at the Willamette University’s Portland Center); executive education; BA/MBA in business management; BA/MBA in business management; BA/MBA in public management and JD/MBA joint degree.
All of Williamette’s courses accent hands on experience, with the MBA for early career and career change. The best example of this is with its "experiential learning" and "consequential learning" emphases.
The average age of a full-time student is 25. A third of students in these programmes come from overseas. Meanwhile, opportunities for Williamette students to study overseas include programmes at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, Bordeaux Business School and EM Strasborg Business School in France.
Among notable alumni are: Oregon politicians, Jason Atkinson and David Gomberg; former US Commerce Department official, Sandy Baruah; general manager of Bay Area Rapid Transit, Grace Crunican and Punit Renjen, CEO of Deloitte.