Why Choose SPU’s Graduate Business Programs?

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Many business schools treat the goal of business as nothing more than the maximization of profits. In the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University, we believe there is another way of doing business – that good business is about creating the good products and good jobs that people need while being a responsible contributor to society; and that profit is important, but it should serve people rather than people serving it.

Our commitment to you is to deliver a first-class graduate business education that begins with an understanding of business as service to others. This commitment provides you with the resources necessary for professional advancement and a meaningful career — and for making a positive difference in the marketplace.

Here is what we offer you as a graduate business student at SPU:

Ethics and Responsibility

The School of Business, Government, and Economic’s curriculum is grounded on our Christian heritage. We emphasize ethics, integrity, and a socially responsible approach to business. In other words, do as much good as possible, using business as a tool to serve the common good.

High Quality

SBGE has a fully accredited, academically challenging and recognized program taught by qualified faculty and representatives from industry with substantial in-the-field expertise.

Personal Touch

Each student in the School of Business, Government, and Economics is profoundly important to us. Faculty care about your growth as a person and as a professional. We are responsive to the needs of working professionals like you, and committed to extraordinary customer service. As a graduate student, you’ll enjoy individual relationships with faculty, staff, and your fellow students.

Most graduate classes have fewer than 30 students, and the typical class size is 15-18. This intimate setting creates a rich environment of collaborative learning. You can work on projects that connect with your real-time work experience.


We know you are juggling numerous commitments. So most classes are held in the evening after work, and your pace can flex to accommodate your work schedule and life.

Networking and Connections With Business Leaders

Our program hosts business leaders from the local and national business community in events on campus. You’ll hear about their experiences and insights firsthand, and you can ask them questions and get answers. Among the visiting leaders since 2011 have been Bill Chapin, director of marketing and partnership development for the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC; Brandon Pedersen, chief financial officer for Alaska Air Group; and Nate Miles, director of government affairs, Eli Lilly Company.

You’ll network with alumni, student peers, and business community partners at events, as well as in our LinkedIn group.

One-on-One Mentoring With Business Professionals

Your education experience isn’t complete unless we get you out of the classroom and into today’s marketplace. Through our highly developed Mentor Program in the School of Business, Government, and Economics, we’ll actively seek out just the right business mentor for you, and you’ll meet with that person one-on-one. You can begin the Mentor Program anytime during your graduate studies, and you’ll guide the mentorship by creating the agenda for your meetings.

Career Services

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 mentoring through SBGE Career Services.

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