Mar 25, 2023  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Master of Business Administration

Greg Magnan, PhD, Program Director

The professional master of business administration (PMBA) program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership responsibilities in business. The program is constructed with the following goals:

  • To provide knowledge and understanding of the fundamental disciplines, techniques and ethical dimensions involved in managerial decisions
  • To develop proficiency in applying concepts and analytical methods to domestic and international organizational strategy
  • To develop leadership skills within a broad business and social perspective

MBA courses are available at the main campus, as well as the Seattle University Eastside Education Center in Bellevue. Students may select classes from each site. Courses are scheduled in the evenings, meeting once a week.

Admission 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. Documents required for admission to the professional master of business administration program includes the following:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and non-refundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni)
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, including any transfer credits earned during this time, and any post-baccalaureate course work
  • Official scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Current résumé showing evidence of continuous full-time work experience
  • If English is not the applicant’s native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the University entrance requirements are necessary. See policy 2008-01  in Admissions Policies for details. 

Degree Requirements:

I. Preparatory Work

Business Calculus
Business Communications

The calculus requirement must be completed by the end of the first year in the program. The communications requirement must be completed within the first quarter.

II. Leadership & Team Building

 4 credits:


*Students with previous comparable course work with a B (3.00) or better have the option of waiving these classes based on self-assessment materials regarding their proficiency. Students without previous course work are required to take these classes.

V. Electives**

24 credits, including:

  • International Elective (3)
  • General Electives (21)


**Students with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB accredited school may waive 2 electives (6 credits), and thus may have 49-73 credits. Graduate students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in order to earn a master’s degree.

Minimum credits required for degree: (55 to 73)

Accounting Specialization

A formal specialization is available in accounting, and is noted on official transcripts. The accounting specialization requires ten elective courses. Two of the accounting electives are “extra” courses beyond those required by the MBA. The courses are as follows:

Two electives:

  • one international elective
  • one general elective

Business Valuation Specialization

A formal specialization is available in business valuation and is noted on official transcripts. To receive the specialization a student must complete 10 courses listed below. With department approval, students with previous comparable course work may be able to waive courses, in which case the specialization will be completed with fewer required courses.

Entrepreneurship Specialization

To receive the specialization in entrepreneurship a student must complete a minimum of 12 credits, including an entrepreneurship fundamentals course (MGMT 583 ), 6 credits from a list of specified electives, and one practicum course. A business mentor will be assigned once MGMT 583  has been completed and the student has made the formal change to their MBA program.


The student is also required to participate in the Seattle University Annual Business Plan Competition by submitting a quality business plan for the screening round and qualify for the tradeshow/elevator pitch round.

Leadership Formation Specialization

To receive a specialization in Leadership Formation, students must complete 12 quarter credits of program requirements. Participating students must also satisfy community service requirements, and successfully lead a project involving other students. Students must complete an application process. The program is limited to 24 students per year.

Sustainability Specialization

To receive the specialization in Sustainability a student must complete a minimum of 12 credits.  Students must take SUST 570  and SUST 572  , choose at least one class (SUST 571 or MKTG 560), and one additional elective course from specified list.