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Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MBA graduates will tell you their degree isn’t just personally rewarding ― it’s the best preparation for the best leadership positions and a means to help them achieve a better work/life balance. An MBA from Seattle Pacific University offers more. Not only are SPU students prepared for leadership and professional growth, but they also discover how business principles and ethical practice unite to lay a foundation for business as service to others.
Who Should Pursue This Degree
If you are a working professional who has achieved a meaningful level of career success, and if you have a minimum of one year’s work experience after receiving your bachelor’s degree, SPU’s MBA program is designed for you.
The degree is for those who now recognize the need to develop and expand their knowledge and expertise in business in order to become more effective in current responsibilities ― or to prepare for new responsibilities.
SPU’s School of Business and Economics is committed to providing an applied, experiential, and collaborative learning environment that integrates business competence and Christian character. As a student in the MBA program, you learn 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 by developing people and integrating business processes with information technology.
- Apply in-depth knowledge in one of the following areas: finance, human resources, information systems, international business, management, social and sustainable enterprise, or technology management.
- Communicate effectively, work in teams, use information technology, and self-assess personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
“Another Way of Doing Business”
The MBA program at SPU is built on an ethical foundation that offers a first-class business education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Among other things, you will take at least two ethics classes. You will see that your professors integrate ethical issues throughout the curriculum. The School of Business and Economics also operates the Center for Integrity in Business and publishes Ethix journal.
A Flexible Format
The MBA program is responsive to the needs of working professionals, and courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate your work schedule. We're committed to keeping red tape, bureaucracy, and forms to a minimum. Classes are smaller, allowing you to get involved with your professors (no TAs) and fellow students in a cooperative and reciprocal learning environment. You can also personalize your degree through self-designed coursework to incorporate your real-time experience into program electives.
To enhance your MBA experience, we offer a Mentor Program that gives you access to more than 900 business people and professionals from a variety of companies, industries, roles, and levels of experience.
Mentors are available to meet with you one-on-one, as sources of information about their companies and as network resources for future contacts. You may participate with one mentor for one quarter or multiple mentors over multiple quarters.
We offer a robust suite of career and professional development opportunities including career counseling, job-search coaching, résumé development, workshops and seminars, networking events, and montoring through SBE Career Services.
The program outline includes a description of program components and program schedule. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.
What is required for admission to the MBA program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program.
MBA Program Contact
Associate Graduate DirectorEmail: email@example.com
Office: McKenna Hall 222
MBA Grad's Path to Africa
Cindy Osmun MBA '10 saw her SBE and LinkedIn connections lead to a position as operations manager for the Rwanda-Zambia HIV Research Group. "Having an MBA has allowed me to return overseas and do work that is making a difference around the world,” she says.
Why I Teach at SPU
Gary Karns, Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
"Teaching is my calling. My purpose is to develop the next generation of business leaders who will positively contribute to human flourishing through business. This requires developing the knowledge and skills required for excellence in business and fostering understanding of and commitment to a Christian values-based approach to marketing and business."
SPU’s School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.