SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
DAVID L. MCKENNA HALL
The M.B.A. program at Seattle Pacific University is a general management degree that provides students
with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today's complex and changing business environment.
The M.B.A. program enhances the past academic work and professional experience of students, preparing
them for higher levels of responsibility. It is intended primarily for the working professional who has achieved
a meaningful level of career success following the baccalaureate degree. He or she now recognizes the
need to develop and expand knowledge and expertise in the management area to become more effective in
current responsibilities or to open opportunities for new responsibilities.
Seattle Pacific's School of Business and Economics is committed to providing an applied, experiential and
collaborative learning environment in which business and Christian faith, ethics, and character are
integrated. The objectives of the program are to develop students' abilities to do the following:
- Provide values-based leadership from a general-management perspective.
- Think and act strategically under conditions of rapid change and uncertainty.
- Effectively manage organizations through developing people and integrating business processes
with information technology.
- Apply in-depth knowledge in one of the following areas: management of business processes,
human resources management, finance, information systems management, or e-business.
- Communicate effectively, work in teams, use information technology, and self-assess personal
abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies, at least a 480 GMAT score and evidence of at least one year of continuous, full-time, substantive work experience. A TOEFL score of more than 225 for the computer-based test (or equivalent TOEIC scores) is preferred for international (ESL) applicants. Those with experience or scores that do not satisfy these minimums should also submit two letters of recommendation from employers and a three- to four-page personal statement that responds to essay questions available from the school.
Qualified individuals may take up to three pre-M.B.A. core courses if they have an undergraduate degree
(as evidenced by an official transcript from an accredited institution); a minimum cumulative undergraduate
grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; and a minimum of one year full-time work experience (as evidenced by a
current résumé). Pre-qualified students may not take advanced or elective courses. If they wish to continue
in a graduate program after taking three core courses, they must apply for admission. Pre-qualified status
does not guarantee full admission at a later date.
SPU's School of Business and Economics admits students for all four academic quarters. The application for
admission, application fee, and personal statement (essay) must be received by the dates listed below.
Recommendation letters, transcripts, and test scores must all arrive before an admission decision can be
Application deadlines for international students are as follows:
||(Not open to international students)
Admission into the M.B.A. program at Seattle Pacific University is administered by the School of Business
and Economics. All correspondence and admission materials should be directed to the associate graduate
director. Questions or requests for an admission application may be directed to the associate graduate
director at 206.281.2753, faxed to 206.281.2733, emailed to email@example.com or requested at
The M.B.A. curriculum consists of nine pre-M.B.A. foundations courses, 10 advanced courses, and five
elective courses. By selecting specific sets of elective courses the degree may be tailored to meet
individual needs. Current emphasis areas include e-business, management, finance, human resource
management, and information systems management. All M.B.A. courses are 3 quarter credits. A minimum
of 36 credits (12 courses) must be completed at SPU.
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