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Albers School of Business and Economics – Seattle University

Seattle University Professional MBA Program Structure

The Seattle University Professional MBA (PMBA) program at Albers School of Business and Economics is for students with at least two years of work experience. Students can work toward their degree full-time or part-time. It’s a 54-credit program that can be completed in as little as six quarters for full-time students or nine quarters for part-time students.

Classes are taught in the evening and meet once per week. Core classes are taught in two modules, Behavioral and Analytical, with each module lasting three quarters. Albers recommends taking core classes with the same cohort.

A distinctive feature of this program is that 10 of the classes (30 credits) students take are electives, which gives students the flexibility to earn a graduate certificate in areas such as global business, innovation in entrepreneurship and sustainability while they’re earning an MBA. Students can even earn their MBA concurrently with a JD in a joint degree program by Seattle University.

For greater flexibility, students can start the Professional MBA Program any quarter, and take electives at their own pace.


The Seattle University Professional MBA requires some preparatory and prerequisite coursework. Students who plan to take Economics or Finance electives must take Business Calculus by the end of the first year of the program unless they received a B- or higher in the course as an undergraduate. Students who scored lower than 25 percent on the verbal or written sections of the GMAT or GRE must take a professional writing course in their first quarter of the program.

Students who haven’t satisfactorily completed coursework in statistics, financial accounting and managerial accounting are required to complete online courses, waiver exams, self-paced tutorials, or other options before taking the Analytical Core courses or quantitative electives.

The courses in the Behavioral core module are Teams, Creativity & Decision Making; Building Stakeholder Relationships; and Strategy & Innovation. The Analytical core module consists of Identifying & Accessing Markets, Delivering Growth and Managing Risk.

Students are also required to take Professional & Interpersonal Communications, Career Planning & Development and Capstone: Applications in Strategy.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 42 (tie)

Class Profile

Twenty-four students entered the most recent PMBA class. Students joined with an average GMAT score of 543, an average undergraduate GPA of 3.3, and 4-7 years of professional work experience. Students from 23-56 years old joined the program.

The class is evenly distributed between female and male identifying students and 61 percent of students attended part-time.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Through summer 2018 and spring 2019, the cost per credit hour is $865. There is also a one-time application fee of $55, a matriculation fee of $150, and a $140 technology fee per quarter for full-time students. Part-time students pay a $90 technology fee per quarter.

Albers offers several scholarships to both full and part-time students in the Professional MBA Program. Students from China are eligible for the PMI China Engagement Scholarship.

Graduate assistantships are available to students in all graduate business programs. Students can also apply for federal student loans.


Applicants for the Professional MBA program submit the Albers graduate admissions application and a $55 fee. The school also requires a résumé documenting at least two years of full-time work experience, GMAT scores, undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts and (if applicable) TOEFL scores. Personal statements and letters of recommendation are optional.

A GMAT/GRE waiver is available for select applicants. Students who plan to enter the JD/MBA joint degree program must also be accepted by the College of Law.

U.S. applicants must apply by the following dates:

Winter – November 1
Spring – February 1
Summer – May 1
Fall – August 1

International applicants must apply by the following dates:

Winter – September 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – January 1
Fall – April 1

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