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Master of Business Administration (MBA)



The MBA program at Seattle Pacific University is a management degree that provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today's complex and changing business environment.

The MBA program enhances your past academic work and professional experience, preparing you 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. As you now recognize the need to develop and expand your knowledge and expertise in the management area, this program enables you to become more effective in current responsibilities or to open opportunities for new responsibilities.

Seattle Pacific's School of Business and Economics (SBE) is committed to providing you with 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 your 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.


The MBA curriculum consists of pre-M.B.A. foundations courses, advanced courses, and elective courses. All MBA courses are 3 quarter credits. A minimum of 36 credits (12 courses) must be completed at SPU.


Pre-MBA foundation courses (27 credit hours) cover business fundamentals that must be understood to achieve the program's objectives. Many students have covered some or all of this subject matter in an undergraduate program. If so, it is possible to waive Pre-MBA courses on the following basis:

  1. If you have a bachelor's degree that was earned within seven years of admission to the program that included courses covering the same body of knowledge as foundation courses. To qualify, a minimum grade of B or better must have been received in the undergraduate course. Courses taken pass/no credit will not waive the foundation course requirement. (Note: The time limit for waiving BUS 6170 is within three years of admission.)
  2. If your bachelor's degree was completed more than seven years prior to admission, or if the grade in the undergraduate course is below B but not below C+, you may take a competency examination in the subject. Competency tests must be completed within the year following your date of admission to the program. If the competency examination is successfully completed, the applicable foundation course will be waived. If not, you must take the course or complete it via credit by examination for which tuition and an examination fee are charged.


Advanced courses total 30 credit hours and develop a whole enterprise view. These courses may not be waived and transfer credit from other institutions will be given only for graduate-level courses covering the same body of knowledge. You may transfer a maximum of three courses (9 credits) from other institutions with the approval of the School of Business and Economics associate dean for graduate programs.

ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credit hours)
By selecting specific sets of elective courses, you can tailor the degree to meet your individual needs, whether more integrative or more functional specialization oriented according to career stage. Current emphasis areas include Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Technology Management, Information Systems Management, and Social and Sustainable Enterprise.


You must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies, at least a a 500 GMAT total score (25V, 30Q, and 4.4AW) and evidence of at least one year of continuous, full-time, substantive work experience after receipt of the bachelor's degree on your résumé.

The GMAT requirement is waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above and five years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience (or three years managerial experience). The GMAT is also waived for applicants already possessing an advanced degree from an accredited university.


A TOEFL score of 90 or above on the iBT version is preferred for international (ESL) applicants.

Submission of two letters of recommendation from employers and a three- to four-page personal statement that responds to essay questions available from the School are optional, but strongly encouraged.


Qualified individuals may take up to three Pre-MBA 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 post-baccalaureate work experience (as evidenced by a current résumé).

Pre-qualified students may not take advanced or elective courses. If they wish to continue in the 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. You must submit your application for admission, $50 application fee, and personal statement (essay) by the dates listed below. Recommendation letters, transcripts, and test scores must all arrive before an admission decision can be made.


Quarter/Starting Month

Application Deadline

Autumn Quarter/September

August 1

Winter Quarter/January

November 1

Spring Quarter/March

February 1

Summer Session/June

May 1

Application deadlines for international students are as follows:


Quarter/Starting Month

Application Deadline

Autumn Quarter/September

June 1

Winter Quarter/January

September 1

Spring Quarter/March

December 1

Summer Session/June

(Not open to international students)



Admission into the MBA 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.

If you have questions or requests for an admission application, contact the Associate Graduate Director:


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