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Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in
Social and Sustainable Management (MAM-SSM)

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.

Job Placement

94% job placement within 3 months of graduation

Salary*

Salary Range: $32,000-$100,000
Average Salary: $51,000
Median Salary: $50,000

* This salary report is based upon useable salary information from 88% of 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 and Economics has connections with hundreds of organizations, including:

  • Microsoft
  • Amazon.com
  • REI
  • Accenture
  • Nordstrom
  • Coinstar
  • McKinstry Co.
  • PATH
  • World Vision
  • Gates Foundation
  • Boeing
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Google
  • Pioneer Human Services
  • T-Mobile
  • 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.

Program Contact

Vicki Eveland

Program Director, MAM-SSM

Email: evelav@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2088
Office: McKenna Hall 211

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Professional Development in MAM-SSM

From the beginning, we’ll work closely with you to help you become a polished professional with exceptional career development skills.

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“One of my biggest fears when entering this program was whether or not I would find a job at the end of it. … One of the reasons I went ahead and joined MAM-SSM was due to the fact that a professional development coach was hired not only to teach us how to find jobs, but also to actually help us find jobs. I learned so much about networking and how to look more efficiently for a job besides just submitting my resume into the black hole that is the current job market.”
Robert Nielsen
“During my undergraduate degree, I didn't know where I was headed. I realized that MAM-SSM offered three things:   1) it was just one year, 2) it had all the tools to turn me into a young professional with clear direction, 3) it gave me more options than I had with my general liberal arts degree. Over the course of 11 months, I learned more about myself that I ever thought possible. The program forced me to grow into the professional I knew I wanted to be, but was having trouble becoming. The opportunities within the program were amazing – our consulting practicum project was the most fun, challenging, and growth-oriented experience I've ever had. Now I know I'm prepared for any challenge I face and I wouldn't have that without this program.”
Katie Gray
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