About Our Program

    The Atkinson Graduate School of Management was established at Willamette University to offer an innovative approach to the study of management, combining the principles of business administration, public administration, and not-for-profit management. This is accomplished through a curriculum designed to provide experiences that compel students to integrate and apply what they learn.

    Experiential learning has been central to Atkinson’s curriculum for more than twenty years. In the last decade, however, the Atkinson School has augmented experiential learning with efforts we call consequential learning. In consequential learning, students are compelled to apply what they learn and experience the consequences of decisions they make.

    Two examples that illustrate the differences in experiential vs. consequential learning are the WU Angel Investment Fund and O’Neill Student Investment Fund. Now, Willamette University has joined with the Mountain West Investment Corporation to create a $150,000 fund focused on granting money to not-for-profits looking to make an impact in the local three counties (Marion, Polk, and Yamhill).

    Our Mission:
To build and empower leaders in the nonprofit sector by supporting initiatives, efforts, and programming that will leave a lasting impact on the community.

    Our Vision:
A thriving and resilient constellation of local nonprofits that is better positioned to improve the well-being of its community.

Read our full mission, vision, and values page here!

Read more about our course and other consequential learning opportunities at Willamette MBA.

Cohort of 2018-2019 from left to right. (Andrew Galen, Madeline Atmore, Bryan Martz, Tynan Gable, Colin Rice, Sara Goetze, Jared Spohr, Nicole Thibodeau, Ryan Tokeshi, Ikaika Hall) texttext

Cohort of 2017-2018

Cohort of 2016-2017