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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Whitworth's MBA program accredited?

Yes. Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Whitworth University School of Business is also a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is working to achieve AACSB accreditation.

Does the Whitworth MBA program offer degree concentrations?

Yes. The Whitworth MBA program currently offers a concentration in Executive Leadership; courses take place annually during the summer term. Additional summer concentration offerings may become available according to student interest and enrollment.

Is the Whitworth MBA offered online?

Some classes are now being offered in a hybrid online/in-class model. The majority of Whitworth's evening MBA is rooted in the traditional classroom experience, allowing you to learn from and engage with your peers and professors. Classes are held in the evenings in the University District of downtown Spokane.

How long will it take to complete my Whitworth evening MBA?

Whitworth's evening MBA program can be completed in as few as 9 months, but most working professionals complete the program in less than two years. Personal situations vary; completion time is dependent upon previous academic coursework and professional experience.

Is financial aid available to graduate students?

Yes. Financial aid is available to graduate students, both at the federal level and through Whitworth's Graduate Studies in Business.

Is company sponsorship available?

Please speak with your employer to determine if your company has a tuition-reimbursement program. If your employer plans to fund your education by paying Whitworth University for your tuition, Whitworth will work with your company to ensure as little up-front, out-of-pocket expense to you as possible.

How do I begin the process to apply to Whitworth's MBA program?

Contact Whitworth's graduate admissions team at 509.777.3222 or We are happy to walk you through the process and provide answers to your questions. We encourage you to meet with our MBA advisor to learn how Whitworth's MBA program will meet your particular goals; morning and evening appointments are available. Please complete the online application at your convenience.

Does Whitworth require the GMAT? 

No. We don't believe a candidate's measure of success is revealed by a single, standardized test. For this reason, we look to your professional contributions, service to the community, recommendations, your essay and an admissions interview to glean a holistic view of your candidacy. However, we do encourage students to take the GMAT if they would like to apply for Whitworth School of Business scholarships. A GMAT score is required for all graduate scholarships, which could contribute to your cost of attendance. We can also take a recent GRE in lieu of a GMAT.

Do I need to have all of my required prerequisites done before applying?

No. Each outstanding prerequisite must be completed before beginning related content in your MBA program. Prerequisite courses can be completed concurrently with your MBA courses.

I took business courses in another graduate program. Can I count these courses toward my Whitworth MBA degree?

You can request that up to six credits of previously completed master's credits be transferred from another regionally accredited institution and applied to your MBA. Whitworth's business school faculty will review course transcripts and will make the final determination if the credit(s) can be counted toward your Whitworth MBA.

Do I need to purchase my own books and materials for the MBA?

Yes. Students will have the opportunity to order materials that suit their learning style and budget, whether e-book, rental or used. For classes using customized textbooks, Whitworth will provide a convenient student portal where students can order directly from the vendor.

How will I know if Whitworth's MBA program is right for me?

Whitworth's evening MBA program is designed for students who are prepared to grow in their career and are energized by learning with, and from, other professionals. Our MBA program is committed to the principles of servant leadership and our mission to positively influence our community; our most successful students will be committed to those same values. The program requires a strong commitment of time and effort, but it is specifically designed to meet the demands of working professionals. If you are ready to make an investment in your future and are looking to gain more than just a degree, Whitworth's evening MBA program may be for you.

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