Career Services and Job Placement
The Master of Arts in Management with a specialization in Social and Sustainable Management (MAM-SSM) program at SPU is serious about helping its students become polished professionals, develop exceptional career management skills, and obtain meaningful, high-impact jobs. We prepare you to compete effectively in the fierce job market.
This commitment to career development has paid off for our graduates as 94% of them landed jobs within three months of graduation. In addition to fantastic career-launching opportunities, their new jobs often included signing bonuses, annual bonuses, stock options, tuition benefits, retirement and health benefits, or profit-sharing.
94% job placement within 3 months of graduation
Salary Range: $32,000-$100,000
Average Salary: $51,000
Median Salary: $50,000
* This salary report is based upon useable salary information from the graduates
who accepted a job within three months after graduation.
Sample Job Titles
The program equips you for a number of exciting career paths. Based on the skills developed in the program, and previous job placements, entry-level positions are possible in the following areas in for-profit, non-profit, or social enterprise settings:
- Management consulting – Business/Strategic Analyst
- Project management – Project Manager/Coordinator
- Corporate social responsibility – Social Compliance Officer
- Sustainability and stewardship – Compliance Auditor
- Human resources, marketing, sales, finance, operations – various job titles
Professional Development Curriculum
Professional development and effectiveness is a theme throughout the program, and you will benefit from a variety of experiences specifically designed to prepare you for the world of work.
- Visits to local companies
- Career and leadership assessments
- Résumé and cover letter writing seminars
- Networking coaching and practice
- Networking events
- Recruiting panels
- Mock interviews with recruiters and managers
- Personal marketing and branding strategies
- Professionalism and etiquette training
- Salary negotiation coaching
Personalized Individual Career Counseling and Job Search Coaching
As a MAM-SSM student, you’ll receive individual attention and career counseling. The program’s Professional Development Specialist assists in arranging interviews, crafting résumés, drafting emails to employers, preparing for big interviews, coaching on negotiating a higher salary, and cheering you on through graduation and landing that first big job.
Connections to Employers, Recruiters, and Business Leaders
To increase your employment opportunities and to elevate your professionalism, you’ll attend networking events, meet with employers for informal “brown bag” conversations, engage with speakers and panelists in classes, conduct dozens of informational interviews, and participate in our world-class mentoring program. Additionally, student teams are coached by professionals from the community as you develop integrative projects that are presented to panels of business leaders.
The School of Business, Government, and Economics has connections with hundreds of organizations, including:
- McKinstry Co.
- World Vision
- Gates Foundation
- Liberty Mutual
- Pioneer Human Services
- Consulting Firms
Consulting Practicum Projects
During the program, you’ll participate in applied learning projects which you will showcase on your résumé. The culminating project for the program is a consulting practicum for an organization in which students work as staff analysts onsite for 20-25 hours/week for 9-10 weeks (i.e., a high-level internship). You’ll engage in weekly team meetings with a sponsoring manager, receive ongoing coaching from faculty, and present a consulting report to the organization’s management. This will demonstrate to potential employers your experience in an actual business environment.