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Interview with Colleen Mallon - Gonzaga MBA Marketing Specialist

F1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about Gonzaga MBA Programs. How did the Full-time MBA program come to existence?

Colleen MallonColleen:Gonzaga’s MBA program was founded in 1961. All of our graduate business programs are AACSB accredited, a distinction bestowed on less than 25% of schools nationwide. Current students and alumni describe our program as characterized by a personal learning environment. As a Jesuit institution, we put a strong emphasis business ethics, long-term decision making, and developing managers with both the technical skills and the management capabilities to be successful.

We offer three concentrations in finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship, as well as emphasis areas in sports management, supply chain management, ethics, and accounting. Although our program is geared primarily toward part-time students, approximately 34-40% of students elect to complete the program part time.

F1GMAT: Apart from the Full-time MBA programs, what are some of the other MBA programs offered by Gonzaga University?

Colleen:
We have a Master of Accountancy Program, an MBA in Healthcare Management Program, and an MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship Program.

F1GMAT: What are some of the unique courses offered in Gonzaga Full-time MBA programs? How will these courses help future managers?

Colleen:
We offer a number of elective classes that change from semester to semester. Some include sustainable business, new product development, entrepreneurial strategy, economics and income inequality, social entrepreneurship, and advanced corporate finance.

F1GMAT: Is Gonzaga MBA programs accredited?

Colleen:
Yes, we are accredited by AACSB international, the most rigorous accrediting body for business schools.
        
F1GMAT:What makes Gonzaga MBA programs unique?

Colleen:

Personal learning environment:
students get to know their professors inside/outside the classroom. Each student works with an individual advisor to design a program that is in line with their personal and professional goals, and that fits with their schedule.  

Emphasis on business ethics, long term thinking, and development of the whole person.

Flexibility: Students take 1/3 of their classes as electives, allowing them the ability to tailor their degree. Students also have the flexibility to create a class schedule that works with all areas of their life.

F1GMAT: What are some of the advantages of having Gonzaga Graduate school of Business in Washington?

Colleen: Spokane has a small town feel, but has all the amenities of a larger town. There are many professional opportunities but the cost of living is very low. There are numerous lakes, mountains, wineries, etc. just minutes outside the city.
                                    
F1GMAT: Can you give our readers a demographic snapshot of the Full-time MBA program (Class of 2010)?

Colleen: We do not have a separate full time program. Currently we have about 200 students;

Full-time: 35%
Average age:28
Female: 30%
International: 15%

F1GMAT: How has Gonzaga Graduate school of Business coped with recession and helped MBA graduates with Job placements?

Colleen: We have a career placement office, as well as an alumni mentoring program that helps place students. We have a 90% placement/promotion rate within 3-6 months of graduation.

F1GMAT: What are some of the selection criteria for Gonzaga Full-time MBA program?


Minimum GPA: 3.0
Average GPA: 3.4
Minimum GMAT:500
Average GMAT: 580
Letters of recommendation
Work experience (recommended 2 years)
Essay questions

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Colleen Mallon
Colleen Mallon
Marketing and Recruiting Specialist
Prospective Student Inquiries
(509) 313-7047
(800) 986-9585 ext. 7047
mallon@gonzaga.edu

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