Why Gonzaga?

Every graduate business program is unique.

At Gonzaga, we have several distinct strengths that we feel set our programs apart. In our programs, students develop:

  • an understanding of the ethical implications of their decisions
  • the 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
  • an understanding of the international environment of organizations

We hope that the information below about our QUALITY, REPUTATION, FLEXIBILITY, VALUE, and LOCATION will help you answer the question, "Why Gonzaga?"

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Quality

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.

Reputation

Gonzaga's MBA program has been ranked as a top 100 program by US News & World Report since 2008. It is the only part-time program in Eastern Washington to receive this top 100 ranking.

Gonzaga's Graduate Accounting programs are currently ranked #13 in the nation by US News & World Report. Our ranking is higher than any other program in the Northwest. 

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.

Flexibility

Individualized Curriculum: We recognize that each student has distinct personal and professional goals, which is why we don't believe in a "one model fits all" curriculum. Our MBA core coursework provides a solid management foundation, and students take at least a third of their coursework in electives. MBA students may pursue a general MBA or fulfill a concentration in finance. MAcc students pursue a concentration in financial accounting & reporting, and MSTax students pursue a concentration in 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. Optional elective courses are offered on the weekends. The majority of classes are held at Gonzaga's campus in Spokane, WA, and students have the option to take online courses during the summer. Students are able to complete the entire program part-time.

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 a manageable schedule that meets their completion goals.

Value

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.

An Aerial picture of Gonzaga's campus with downtown Spokane in the background. 

Location, Location, Location

Gonzaga University is located in Spokane, WA.

Spokane was...

  • Recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as #9 on "Best Places to Launch a Business and Career"
  • Ranked by CNN as #77 in the "100 Best Places to Live and Launch"
  • Ranked in the top 17 "Best Towns" by Outsider Magazine in 2013
  • Ranked #7 for "Best Cities" by Parenting in 2010
  • Predicted to be a hotspot for fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020 by the Wall Street Journal in 2013

Testimonials

Do you want to learn more from students and alumni who have experienced our programs? Visit the following pages to hear more about the stories and experiences of our graduates.

 

 

 

Mission Statement

Gonzaga University’s Graduate School of Business is a dynamic and challenging place to study and to develop, both as a business professional and as an intellectual individual. We are committed to creating leaders who possess solid analytical, critical thinking, communication and team-building skills, along with a strong sense of social justice.

Gonzaga University’s graduate business 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. The Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Accountancy (MAcc), and the Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax) programs are characterized by their personal learning environments, quality students from diverse backgrounds, and faculty committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship.