Sep 25, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Professional Master of Business Administration

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Marc Cohen , 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 6:00 to 8:40 pm, 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 (Note: fee waived through fall 2022)  
  • 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. Note: the GMAT and GRE are optional through fall 2022.
  • 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:

Capstone: Applications in Strategy

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


  • Students must complete MBA 5000, 5205, 5210, 5215, 5220, 5225, and 5230 prior to advancing to electives unless otherwise approved by the Program Director.
  • MBA 5235 should be taken in the first 25 credit hours.

II. Electives

27 credits, including:

  • Approved Elective in Global Business (3)
  • General Electives (24)

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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