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MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2018

Gonzaga's MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship (MBA/AIE) program was established in 2001 with the generous help of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation. Gonzaga University was chosen to develop the program because of its national recognition, accreditation, strong mission, and commitment to social justice. The program strives to prepare leaders to effectively manage and support sustainable business on American Indian reservations. Since its inception, it has given over 58 alumni the skills necessary to make a positive impact on their tribes and reservations.  Gonzaga is able to offer generous scholarships for applicants to this unique and transformative program. 

Program Structure

  • Each new cohort begins in the summer with a six-week session at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. On-campus housing is provided for students, and family members are welcome to live with students on campus during the summer.
  • Fall and Spring semesters students are taught via distance learning which includes online, videos, special projects, and an on-campus weekend.
  • The program is comprised of a total of 35 credit hours, and is completed in a 2-year, lock step model. View the MBA in AIE Course Descriptions Sheet for additional information.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Without taking any financial assistance or scholarships into consideration, graduate tuition at Gonzaga is $995/credit. The total tuition for all 35 credits of the MBA/AIE would be $34,825 under this rate.
  • However, Gonzaga is able to offer students of the MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship program a 50% tuition discount, putting the total program cost at $17,413.
  • Summer housing for the 6-weeks summer session is covered in full.
  • Hotel expenses for on-campus weekends are covered in full.
  • Travel expenses to campus are reimbursed at a rate of 50% up to $500/semester.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled membership in a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribes is a requirement for all candidates EXCEPT for non-natives working at tribal colleges and native-owned businesses.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum GMAT score of 450 or an equivalent GRE score GRE Conversion Scale
  • Minimum index score of 1050 (GPA X 200 + GMAT)

Admissions Requirements and Acceptance Policy

The following documents are required to gain admission to the MBA/AIE program.

  • Copy of Tribal Enrollment Verification Card (unless applicant is a non-native teaching at a Tribal College or working for a native-owned business.)
  • Completed online application
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation
  • One copy of official transcripts from each college and university attended
  • Official GMAT or GRE score, taken no later than April 1st, 2018
  • Professional Resume
  • Three Essays:
  1. What matters most to you and why?
  2. How would an MBA in AIE degree benefit you?
  3. How would you impact your tribe or the Native American Community by completing the MBA in AIE program?

All application materials other than the GMAT or GRE are due no later than April 1st, 2018.

After being accepted, students are required to pay a $250 commitment fee to be reimbursed upon graduation


  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive standardized exam used to measure verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills.
  • The GMAT is available year-round at test centers throughout the USA.
  • Call 1-800-717-GMAT to verify the test center nearest to you, or visit to register online.     
  • POWERPREP is free software containing practice questions and two timed computer adaptive tests. It is available at


  • The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) revised General Test is a computer-based exam used to measure verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills.
  • The GRE is available year-round at testing centers throughout the USA.
  • Visit to register online.
  • POWERPREP II, Version 2.1 is free software containing sample questions and two timed computer tests. It is available at




Mailing Address for Application Materials

All application materials not submitted online should be sent to the following address:

Graduate School of Business
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Avenue, AD Box 9
Spokane, WA 99258-0009

If you have any questions or would like to request further information regarding the MBA/AIE program or application process, please contact:

Stacey Chatman
Assistant Director for Admissions & MBA in AIE Program Manager
Graduate School of Business
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA 99258-0009
Telephone: (509) 313-4622 (800) 986-9585, ext 4622
Fax: (509) 313-5811

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