Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about graduate programs in SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics? Check the MBA, MS-ISM, MAM-HR, MAM-SSM, and MAM-FB websites to find detailed information about the programs, and see below to find answers to frequently asked questions. If you want to ask questions of someone in person, contact our graduate coordinator at 206-281-2753.

General Questions

Why is SPU’s MBA program distinctive?

Five key reasons:

  • A curriculum grounded on ethics and values. Drawing on our Christian heritage, we emphasized an ethics-based approach long before it was popular to do so. We emphasize meaningful purpose in business, and serving others: customers, employees, and community.
  • Small class sizes. You’ll get to know faculty and fellow students in our personal and interactive learning environment. Faculty care about you as a person and as a professional.
  • High quality. This is a fully accredited, academically rigorous, and challenging program. It is taught by qualified faculty and representatives from industry with substantial in-the-field expertise. We stress applied learning.
  • Connectedness. You will network with peers, alumni, and business community mentors.
  • Flexibility. You can start in any quarter, and you can proceed at a pace that fits with the demands on your life. International students have separate guidelines that pertain to their F-1 status and/or government sponsorship. 

What is the profile of your current student body?


The average MBA student has a 503 GMAT score, 3.3 GPA, seven years of work experience, and a diverse professional background. Most work full time in a wide range of companies or nonprofits. Companies represented by students have included Boeing, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Starbucks, Safeco, AT&T, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Is SBGE AACSB accredited?

Yes. Organized in 1916, AACSB — Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International— is the oldest and most prestigious business school accrediting body in the world. Fewer than 40 percent of North American business schools have attained this accreditation.

How are your programs connected to the Seattle business community?

Our Executive Advisory Board links us to the Puget Sound business community. The Mentor Program matches students one on one with business professionals. Business leaders serve as guest speakers, sources for team projects, and informal advisors. Our graduate programs, along with the Center for Integrity in Business, sponsor the quarterly “Faith & the Marketplace” speaker series. We have many opportunities to network with alumni in person and on our LinkedIn group.

What career services are available?

We offer a wide variety of career and professional development opportunities including career counseling, job search coaching, résumé development, workshops and seminars, networking events, and mentoring. Employment opportunities are posted on SPULink at SPU’s Center for Career and Calling and our LinkedIn group.

How long does it take to complete the MBA program?

The length of the program depends on the number of pre-MBA classes satisfied by undergraduate coursework and potential transfer credits from previous graduate-level coursework. The table below describes the length of the program for students who register for three, six, or nine credits. The table is not adjusted for any prior coursework that may apply.

Enrollment Status

Credits per quarter

Quarters (including summer)