Every graduate business program is unique.
At Gonzaga we have several distinct strengths that we feel set our programs apart. As our mission statement states, Gonzaga's programs "develop in their students an understanding of the ethical implications of their decisions; an ability to merge theory and practice in creative ways; an appreciation for the values of diverse perspectives; the skills necessary to manage effectively in a changing environment; a high level of professional competence; and an understanding of the international environment of organizations."
AACSB Accreditation: Gonzaga's graduate business programs are accredited by AACSB International, a distinction bestowed on less than 25% of programs nationally and less than 5% of programs worldwide. AACSB accreditation is the world's most widely recognized and sought-after endorsement for business schools. Gonzaga's accounting program received separate AACSB accreditation in 2009.
Faculty: Our students benefit from the knowledge of over 40 tenure and tenure-track faculty. Almost all faculty who teach in the graduate programs are doctorally qualified. 70% of recent alumni noted the quality of our faculty as the programs' greatest strength. Alumni describe our faculty as "responsive, supportive, and highly accessible."
Personal Learning Environment: Gonzaga's graduate school of business is large enough to expose students to a number of different perspectives, but small enough to imbue the program with a sense of community. Classes average 22 students, and you will have the opportunity to build relationships with your professors, advisors, fellow students, and alumni.
Gonzaga's MBA program has been ranked as a top 100 program by US News & World Report for the past four years. It has been the only program in Eastern Washington to receive this top 100 ranking.
Gonzaga's MAcc program has been ranked as high as #14 (in 2014) by US News & World Report. Gonzaga's is the only program in the Northwest to be ranked in the top 15 by US News & World Report.
The Princeton Review ranks the Gonzaga School of Business under its "Best Business Schools 2013".
Gonzaga students have historically enjoyed a 90% job placement/promotion rate within 3-6 months of graduation, evidence that employers recognize the unique advantages of Gonzaga's graduates.
Individualized Curriculum: We recognize that each student has distinct personal and professional goals, which is why we don't believe in a "1 model fits all" curriculum. Our core coursework provides a solid management foundation, but students take at least a third of their coursework in electives. MBA students may pursue a general MBA, or fulfill a concentration in finance, marketing, or entrepreneurship. MAcc students pursue a concentration in financial accounting & reporting or taxation.
Flexible Scheduling: Classes are held in the early mornings, afternoons, and evenings to accommodate the complex schedules of working professionals and full-time students. The majority of classes are held at Gonzaga's campus in Spokane, WA, but one course per semester is held in Liberty Lake, WA. Students are able to complete the entire program part-time through evening classes.
Full-Time and Part-Time Enrollment Options: Students may elect to pursue their degree full-time (12-18 months) or part-time (2-4 years). Furthermore, students have the ability to increase or decrease their credit load each semester based on personal and professional obligations. Each student works with their advisor to create manageable schedules that meet completion time goals.
Gonzaga's tuition falls significantly below the national average of $45,000 for graduate business programs. Gonzaga's School of Business offers students a top-quality education at an affordable cost.
Alumni of our programs recognize the value of their degree: 60% expect that their degree will impact their salary/job responsibilities within 1-2 years of graduation, and 95% anticipate an impact within 3-7 years.
Gonzaga seeks to make graduate school affordable through graduate assistantships, scholarships, and financial aid.
Gonzaga University is located in Spokane, WA.
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