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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Master of Business Administration

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Holly Ferraro, PhD, Program Director

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

  • Demonstrate competence for managerial decision-making
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges, and defend a course of action
  • Understand, integrate, and apply relevant knowledge and skills in a global context
  • Display competence in communications
  • Establish and maintain constructive working relationships
  • Develop self-awareness and professional purpose

All PMBA classes are held at the main Seattle campus. Courses are scheduled in the evening from 6 to 8:40 pm, with classes scheduled Monday through Thursday nights, one course per evening.

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) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Applicants who are graduates of the Albers School of Business and Economics, and/or Seattle University may be eligible to waive the GMAT or GRE requirement. Contact the program office for more details.
  • 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
Professional Writing

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

Prerequisite Business Courses

Students must have completed satisfactorily coursework in statistics, financial accounting and managerial accounting. The alternatives may be online courses, self-paced tutorials, waiver exams, or other options deemed appropriate by department faculty. The prep work will need to be completed prior to entering the Analytical Core or quantitative elective courses. 

II. Core Courses

24 credits, including:

Capstone: Applications in Strategy

Capstone may only be taken in the last 9 credits of a student’s program. Choose one of the following 3 options:

III. Electives

30 credits, including:

  • Approved Elective in Global Business (3)
  • General Electives (27)

Minimum credits required for degree: (54)


Certificate options are available for all MBA students. See Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs  for more information.

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