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MA in Management: Social & Sustainable Management
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Master of Arts in Management with a Specialization in Social and Sustainable Management (MAM-SSM)

McKenna Hall


The Social and Sustainable Management track in the MA in Management at Seattle Pacific University is an 11-month immersion into the basics of business and leadership. This MA program track offers a Christian understanding of business, ethics, responsibility, and sustainability — stewardship of people, planet, and profits — while providing professional and career development activities.

This program enables recent graduates with liberal arts, science, or engineering majors and no significant work experience to develop the core business and professional knowledge and skills that business, NGO, and nonprofit organizations all highly value — the skills needed to jump-start entry into business or social entrepreneurship. Most importantly, this program helps students translate their passion for service and stewardship into action — "[Help yourself. Help the world.]"

The MAM-SSM track uses an innovative modular curriculum. Your learning is accomplished together with a select cohort through challenging, hands-on, real-world problem-solving, as well as projects and connections with business and social enterprise community partners. You will experience a mix of classroom, independent, team, online learning, a study abroad experience, and a cooperative learning/internship.

Seattle Pacific's School of Business and Economics (SBE) 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 Social and Sustainable Management track enables you to participate in creating sustainable value and responsible businesses that contribute to human flourishing as principled business professionals or social entrepreneurs.

You will develop:


  • An integrated, cross-functional understanding of business as a system with fluency in fundamental business concepts and processes across the range of business disciplines.
  • A Christian understanding of responsible, ethical, and sustainable business that serves customers, employees, and the community and cares for creation.
  • Ability to apply these understandings to complex, real business situations in pursuit of human flourishing.
  • The attitudes, commitments, skills, and knowledge necessary for entering business as responsible professionals who are
    • Capable of developing effective business relationships, and working and communicating with others.
    • Capable of initiating and organizing business activities and projects
    • Capable of behaving as business professionals in business contexts


The MAM-SSM program is comprised of five integrated modules organized around the business decision-making process: analysis, planning and design, operations, and renewal.

The themes of business fundamentals, responsibility and sustainability, and professional skill development are woven throughout the program. You learn through challenging, hands-on, real-world problem-solving, cases and projects, connections with business and social enterprise community partners and a mix of classroom, independent, team, online learning, a study abroad experience, and a cooperative learning/internship experience.


To apply, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies and have, or be pursuing, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a non-business major.

No work experience is required and you should not have moved far into a career.  (Note: Those with significant post-baccalaureate work experience should apply for the MBA program.)

You are also required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record of Examination (GRE). The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

  • Find GMAT test registration information at Use the SPU school code: C9FD273. Scores above 550 (28 verbal; 37 quantitative; 4.5 analytical writing are preferred.
  • GRE test registration information is available at Use the SPU school code: 4694. GRE scores above 1050(450 verbal; 600 quantitative; 4.0 analytical writing are preferred.)

Submission of a résumé, and responses to the essay questions listed in the application are also required in addition to the completed application.

Applicants whose native language is not English also need to submit scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). (TOEFL information and test registration is available at Scores above 92 on the iBT version are preferred.) (Note: PTE, TOEIC, or IELTS scores may be submitted. Applicants who have completed all of their undergraduate studies at an English-speaking college or university are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.)


Admission to the cohort will occur in waves and will remain open until classes begin on a space available basis. Early decision applications are due by January 15.  Second-wave applications are due by April 15. Send items being submitted by hard copy to


Associate Graduate Director
SPU School of Business and Economics
3307 3rd Ave W., Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98119-1950


Admission into the MAM-SSM 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.

Direct questions or requests for an admission application to the associate graduate director:


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