What is unique about the SPU School of Business and Economics?
We offer a business education that emphasizes Christian faith, ethics, and values. Rather than viewing business simply as a means of generating shareholder wealth, we teach “Another Way of Doing Business” — an approach that promotes business as a tool for serving the world.
We also focus on applied learning, and provide many opportunities for students to engage with each other and with business professionals inside and outside the classroom.
What majors and minors do you offer?
We offer majors and minors in Business Administration and Economics, a major in Accounting, and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Students who major in Business Administration can then choose a concentration in areas such as Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Social Enterprise.
What are the requirements for admission into SPU’s School of Business and Economics?
Students who have not been directly admitted into SBE when they start at SPU typically apply for one of our majors during their sophomore year. You must be a current student at Seattle Pacific, with at least 45 college-level credits (sophomore standing), and a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to apply. You must also have completed 15 credits in business, accounting, or economics courses at SPU (10 credits for transfer juniors or seniors), and have at least a 2.7 GPA in those courses. Meeting the GPA and class-standing requirements does not guarantee admission. We have limited seats available in our majors and accept the most-qualified students.
How do I apply to SBE?
There are two ways to apply to the School of Business and Economics.
- You can apply for one of our majors when you apply to SPU by filling in the appropriate box on your SPU application. Only about 15 percent of our students are admitted in this “early decision” process.
- Most of our students are admitted to the major in their sophomore or junior year at SPU. For these students we accept applications from mid-December to mid-January. If you apply then, you will submit your major application online. You will learn of the SBE admission by early February.
How do I know it is a high-quality program?
Our graduating seniors regularly score in the top 10 percent of Business majors nationwide on an annual assessment of student learning. We were the first school in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to obtain accreditation from AACSB International, an external validation of program quality attained by only 5 percent of business schools in the world.
What is the classroom experience like? How big are classes? How accessible are professors?
Our class sizes range from about 10 to 45 students; lower-division classes are in the upper end of that range, while upper-division classes tend to be smaller.
Because we are a relatively small program, students get to know each other and their professors very well as they encounter some of the same people from one class to the next. Close friendships among students and mentoring relationships with faculty are common within SBE. We look forward to having you join our community!
What kinds of study abroad opportunities are available?
Each year SBE sponsors a study abroad program during Autumn Quarter led by our faculty. Our “SPU Business Abroad” or SPUBA program has gone to Europe and Asia, and future SPUBA trips to other countries are being developed. In recent years, students have travelled with our faculty to visit businesses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. The experience culminated in a term at a Chinese university where SBE students studied international business, and the Chinese language and culture.
In addition to our SPUBA program, students can participate in any of the SPU study abroad programs available across campus. Our students have studied abroad in South Africa, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Costa Rica, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
What student clubs do you have?
There are three student clubs in SBE.
- All students majoring or minoring in SBE are members of AUSBE — the “Associated Undergraduate Students of Business and Economics.” Led by a team of student officers, AUSBE puts on a number of social events and provides opportunities for students to interact with the dean, faculty, and local business professionals in an informal setting.
Beta Alpha Psi (ΒΑΨ) is an honorary organization for accounting, information systems, and finance students. ΒΑΨ provides opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals.
- The SPU Student Investment Fund (SPUSIF) is a team of finance students under the direction of Dr. Dan Hess, Professor of Finance, who research opportunities and make actual trades on behalf of SPU.
- An honor society rather than a club, Beta Gamma Sigma (ΒΓΣ) is the international honor society for business programs accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
AUSBE, ΒΑΨ, and SPUSIF officer applications come out every spring for the following academic year. But you don’t have to be an officer to participate — just show up!
How does SBE connect with the business community?
We emphasize applied learning throughout the curriculum. Many of our courses connect students with businesses in our local community, where students have the chance to observe, analyze practices of, interact with, and provide feedback to business leaders. We bring in senior-level executives each quarter through our Dean’s Speaker series, and every year we bring in a nationally recognized business leader as part of our Distinguished Speaker Luncheon series, which is free to all of our students.
What is the Mentor Program like? How can I sign up?
All students have the opportunity to participate in the Mentor Program. There are a limited number of spots available that are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis each quarter. Applications are submitted online through the SPU Banner system.
Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment with the director of the Center for Applied Learning. After learning more about you and your interests, the CAL director will match you with a compatible mentor and provide you with contact information so you can schedule your first meeting. From there, it is up to you and your mentor to schedule meeting times and to formulate what you both hope to get out of the mentorship experience.
What is the Social Venture Plan Competition?
The Social Venture Plan Competition is a business plan competition in which students present business ideas designed to generate positive social change. Student teams work to develop a written business plan, and then participate in a showcase event where they promote heir ideas to business professionals in the community. Each year thousands of dollars in prize money are awarded to winning teams.
Do you have internships?
Yes! The integration of course work with “real-life” experiences is invaluable, and we require all of our business administration majors to do an internship. Credit for the experience is given through a pre-internship class and post-internship class. The pre-internship class, facilitated by the Center for Career and Calling, equips you with the tools and confidence needed to obtain an internship. The post-internship class, or “internship reflection,” gives you the opportunity to reflect on the lessons you learned outside the classroom and to think about how the experience shapes your vocational and career plans after graduation.
How long will it take me to graduate?
A traditional freshman with no credits can expect to complete the accounting, business, or economics degree in four years. Transfer students who complete their Associate Degree through a Direct Transfer Agreement, can expect to complete the major requirements in two years.
Students who would like to sit for the CPA exam need to complete an additional year’s worth of credits, and typically graduate in five years. Each student is unique, and it is important to keep in touch with your academic advisor when planning your class schedule.
What career services are available to students?
The SPU Center for Career and Calling is designed to help students discover purpose and passion for their lives. Rather than simply provide job referrals, the CCC works with students on understanding their strengths and interests. We offer opportunities for résumé development, mock interview experiences, and connections to internship and job opportunities locally and across the country.
Where can I find more answers?
Contact Undergraduate Service Supervisor Elizabeth Gordon at 206-281-2970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.