Joseph M. Phillips, PhD, Dean
The mission and educational goals of the Albers School produce a set of programs and activities designed to prepare students for an increasingly complex and challenging global business environment, to help them appreciate and develop a commitment to personal integrity and corporate responsibility, to develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, and to instill a service orientation.
Please see each program's section in the catalog for specific admissions requirements.
Students seeking admission to graduate programs should contact the Albers School of Business and Economics at (206) 296-5700 or Seattle University Graduate Admissions at (206) 220-8010 for admission materials.
A maximum of 12 credits taken in non-matriculated status may be applied towards any master's degree in the Albers School.
Albers students may take one elective course from another Seattle University graduate program with prior approval of the program director with the exception of cross registration with the School of Law.
Math and Professional Writing Proficiency
All graduate students in the degree programs of the Albers School of Business and Economics must establish their professional writing and math proficiency. All students must have access to a computer with a modem, wireless connectivity, or the flexibility to use campus computer labs.
Math proficiency can be established by previous credit course work in calculus with a grade of B (3.00) or higher, or the non-credit course offered by the Albers School.
Professional writing proficiency can be established by previous credit course work in professional writing with a grade of B (3.00) or higher, or successful completion of the non-credit professional writing course offered by the Albers School, or by adequate performance in both the Verbal section and the Essay Writing section of the GMAT or GRE exam.
Students are encouraged to complete these proficiency requirements prior to starting their graduate degree program. The math proficiency requirement must be completed by the end of the first year in each program. Professional writing proficiency must be completed by the end of the first quarter in each program.
Joint Degree Programs
Four joint degree programs are offered within the Albers School of Business and Economics: Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Science in Finance (MPAC/MSF), Master of Science in Finance/Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSF/MSBA), Professional Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Business Analytics (PMBA/MSBA), Professional Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance (PMBA/MSF). These programs are designed to allow students to complete both degrees in less time than if the two degrees were obtained independently outside the program. Students participating in any of these joint degree programs must meet the admissions requirements of both programs.
Business and Law
The Seattle University business and law joint degree program allows students to obtain the JD and a graduate degree in business. Specified courses taken at the Law School may contribute to the business degree and specified courses completed in the Albers School of Business and Economics may contribute to the JD Degree. The joint degree is available to both full- and part-time students but it should be noted that both degrees must be completed within six years.
Seattle University and the Albers School of Business and Economics offers four graduate degrees which may be earned in combination with the JD degree: Professional Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Professional Accounting.
Students are allowed to transfer up to nine quarter credits from AACSB International-accredited institutions with prior approval of the dean or director of the program. Any transfer credits from international universities are subject to prior approval of the dean. The six-year limit policy applies to courses approved for transfer from other universities.
As an exception the Albers School is a party to the Memorandum of Understanding for AACSB International-accredited AJCU Business Schools. The agreement allows students in participating Jesuit AACSB accredited business schools to transfer up to one-half of their degree requirements from their original university to the receiving university. See MBA Jesuit Institution Multilateral Agreement Policy #99-3 for details.