Master of Arts in Management With an Emphasis in Faith and Business (MAM-FB)

About the program

The Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Faith and Business provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to live faithfully as a Christian business professional.

The program enhances your past academic work and professional experience, preparing you to become more effective in current responsibilities or to open opportunities for new responsibilities. It is intended primarily for business professionals who seek to live faithfully in the marketplace and to serve the common good through business activities.

Seattle Pacific’s School of Business, Government, and Economics (SBGE) is committed to providing you with an applied, experiential, and collaborative learning environment in which business and Christian faith, ethics, and character are integrated. The objectives of the program are to develop your abilities to do the following:

  • Provide values-based leadership to organizations.
  • Evaluate the effects of business and organizations with regard for fostering human flourishing (i.e., provisioning; providing meaningful and creative work; respecting the dignity of persons; acting with justice and integrity in relationships; stewardship/caring for creation; and caring for the poor and disadvantaged).
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of marketplace theology to real-world management problems.
  • Communicate effectively, work in teams, use information technology, and self-assess personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.


The MAM-FB program develops readiness to act as a purpose-driven leader, using business to serve the common good. The 45 credit curriculum consists of advanced courses and elective courses. All MAM courses are 3 quarter credits. A minimum of 45 credits must be completed for the degree with at least 36 credits completed at SPU.

Advanced and specialized courses

The advanced leadership and behavioral skills and the ethical perspectives courses prepare you for acting as a responsible leader. The specialized faith and business integration courses prepare you to align business practices with Christian faith. You may not fulfill these courses by undergraduate coursework; transfer credit from other institutions will be given only for graduate-level courses covering the same body of knowledge.

Prerequisite foundation courses and skills

Prerequisite business foundation coursework includes 27 credits — BUS 6110, 6120, 6130, 6132, 6140, 6150, 6164, 6170, 6171. This coursework may be satisfied by prior coursework or may be completed at SPU. Possession of the Microsoft Office® User Certificate in Excel® is also a prerequisite.

Many students have covered some or all of this subject matter in an undergraduate program. In the following circumstances, coursework completed at the undergraduate level prior to admission to the program may fulfill one or more foundations prerequisite courses.

If you completed a bachelor’s degree within seven years* prior to admission to the program, that included courses covering the same body of knowledge as foundations courses:

  • Courses in which you earned a minimum grade of “B” may fulfill foundation courses with comparable content.
  • A course taken for pass/no credit cannot fulfill a foundation course requirement.

If you completed a bachelor’s degree more than seven years prior to admission to the program, or if the grade in the undergraduate course is below “B” but not below “C+”:

  • You may take a competency examination in the subject.
  • Competency tests must be completed within the year following your date of admission to the program.
  • If the competency examination is successfully completed, the applicable foundation course will be considered fulfilled.
  • If you do not successfully complete the competency exam, you must take the graduate course or complete it via credit by examination for which tuition and an examination fee are charged.

Graduate certificates

In addition to the degree these graduate certificates will be awarded upon completion of each certificate’s courses at SPU with at least a B in each course.

  • Foundations: Financial Reporting and Analysis (BUS 6130, 6132, 6120)
  • Foundations: Creating and Distributing Value (BUS 6150, 6164, 6170)
  • Foundations: Understanding Business Contexts (BUS 6110, 6140, 6171)
  • Responsible Leadership (BUS 6201, 6202, 6260, 6266)

Admission requirements

Generally, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies and evidence of at least one year of continuous, full-time, substantive work experience after receipt of the bachelor's degree on your résumé. GMAT or GRE test scores are not required for applicants who demonstrate strong alignment with the program’s goals and who have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA. (Scores may be requested from those who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission.)

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Current résumé as evidence of a substantive work experience. You will need at least one full year, continuous full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience at the time of application. More is preferred. This is a significant factor in the admission decision process. Applicants with less than one-year of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, but who are otherwise strong candidates and are currently employed in a meaningful professional role may be considered.
  • Official transcript(s) from colleges or universities attended. Include the transcript from the institution that granted your bachelor’s degree with the posted degree appearing on the transcript. Also send official transcripts for all institutions attended following your undergraduate degree, as well as any other schools where you earned credits that may be used to request waivers of business foundation courses.
  • Personal statement (3–4 pages) responding to the essay questions listed in the online application. 
  • Two professional letters of recommendation listed in the online application (optional).

International student applicants

In addition to the above requirements, international students must also submit:

  • TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT, or IELTS official score report of at least 7.0 if English is not your first language. Otherwise strong applicants with a TOEFL score of 84-89 (IELTS 6.5) may be probationally or conditionally admitted with the requirement to successfully complete SPU approved ESL coursework prior to or at the outset of enrollment and continuing as needed. 
  • Official financial statement reflecting financial support equivalent to the cost of the first year of graduate study. Complete the Declaration of International Student Finances form (PDF) and send it to the address listed on the form, along with an original bank statement and copy of your passport (front and back).
  • For non U.S. transcripts, provide a transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services Inc. (FIS). (A course-by-course evaluation is needed to determine if any prerequisite foundations have been satisfied.) In addition to the evaluation report, all official transcript(s)s must be submitted in English. International applicants are responsible for all costs associated with translation.

Conditional admission

You may request conditional admittance into the School of Business, Government, and Economics under these conditions:

  • You are a student who needs an F-1 visato study in the United States.
  • You have graduated from an accredited four-year institution. Your transcript must show completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • You have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA on the U.S. 4.0 scale.
  • You have a minimum of at least one year, continuous full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience at the time of application. You will be required to submit a résumé with job titles, duties, start date and end date (month and year). Internships and job training are not accepted as full-time employment.

If approved, you will receive a Conditional Letter of Admission from SPU. Conditional admission assures that you will be considered for admission, if you satisfy all admission requirements at the time of your intended enrollment.

Please complete this form to request conditional admission to a graduate program in the SPU School of Business, Government, and Economics.

Prequalified students

Qualified individuals may take up to five courses if they have an undergraduate degree (as evidenced by an Official transcript(s) from an accredited institution); a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; and a minimum of one year full-time post-baccalaureate work experience (as evidenced by a current résumé).

Prequalified students must apply for admission to take additional courses. Prequalified status does not guarantee full admission at a later date.

Application deadlines

Your application for admission, application fee, and personal statement must be received by the dates listed below. Recommendation letters, transcripts and test scores must arrive before an admission decision can be made.

  • Autumn Quarter: August 1 
  • Winter Quarter: November 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer: May 1

International applicants with F1 visa

International applicants who do not need an F1 visa may adhere to the above deadlines. The following deadlines apply to those who do require an F1 visa.

  • Autumn Quarter: June 1 
  • Winter Quarter: September 1
  • Spring Quarter: December 1
  • Summer: Admission not available


Admission materials should be directed to Graduate Admissions. If you have questions, please contact the SBGE graduate program coordinator: