Overview

Applicants
42
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.27
Years Work Experience
6
Average Age
33

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
430 - 660
GPA
2.82 - 3.83

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
20

95
Full-time
30
Female
10
Underrepresented Minorities
5
Part-time


Students Say

A small, Christian-affiliated college in a progressive Northwest city, Seattle Pacific University offers an MBA and Masters in Information Systems Management that considers “another way of doing business.” At SPU, business education “really isn’t just about the bottom line, but about sustainable, ethical business practices.” “Christian values” are fundamental to the school’s mission, and students note a “dedication to social issues” through the curricular and extracurricular offerings. In addition, the school’s Center for Integrity in Business explores the intersection of faith and business, bringing plenty of experts, new research, and special events to campus. As a result, this MBA doesn’t just introduce skills; it focuses on “building character to stand in the face of obstacles.” A current student enthuses, “I believe there are some great leaders that come from the school, and will go on to affect their communities and the world in a powerful way.”

The MBA at Seattle Pacific is a comprehensive general management degree comprising nine core courses, ten required advanced courses, and five elective courses. Teamwork and communication skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum, and there is a “focus on social ventures” in the coursework. To tailor the MBA, the school recently introduced another area of concentration in social and sustainable enterprise. In addition, SPU “offers a MS-ISM degree,” which “incorporates the best of the technical IT world and the business world to create leaders who can excel, and most importantly, communicate in both worlds.” Despite the emphasis on technology, students feel the curriculum could include “better teaching of quantitative subjects and less reliance on qualitative.” While small in size, Seattle Pacific University boasts great “connections to [the] business community” and an active “mentorship program” with local business partners through the Center for Applied Learning. In addition, the school frequently invites “community leaders into class[es]…for live demonstration.”

For working professionals, “flexibility” is a major advantage of SPU’s programs, which include MBA classes in the evenings. Professional students also appreciate “the willingness of the staff and faculty to work with you to accommodate a busy work life.” On that note, the atmosphere at SPU is very supportive, and “most of the professors are very receptive to extending help and want feedback on their classes.” The program is small, so class sizes are reduced. In the MBA program, there are rarely more than thirty students in a class (and the average class size is just thirteen to fifteen students.) In addition to provoking students’ comments and discussion, “the small class sizes have allowed [students] good access to [their] professors.” The school employs both adjunct and full-time faculty. “Most of the professors are very good” and students, on the whole, are “very satisfied with the classes, professors, and classmates.” Students are split on the administration, however. Some say the top brass should “be more responsive to their customers,” while others assure us that “the administration is solid, wants the best for us, and works hard to get the best.”


Concentrations

Human Resources
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
Leadership/Management

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility


Information Systems Management

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

Career Overview


Graduates Employed by Region


Students Say

At SPU, students are prepared for the workplace throughout their studies. Practical business applications are emphasized in MBA coursework, and the school’s mentorship program is active and appreciated. At the same time, “there aren’t very many internship opportunities for graduate business students” at Seattle Pacific University, as many stu- dents are already working when they start the program. Those who enter the MBA with more limited business experience say the program would improve if the “internships program integrated with the grad business program, so we can get some experience before graduating with a new degree.”

Open to all MBA candidates, Seattle Pacific University serves the undergraduate, graduate, and alumni communities at the school. Through this office, graduate students can schedule one free career counseling appointment and one resume review, and also gain access to online job boards and research tools. Top employers of Seattle Pacific MBA candidates include Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Safeco.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$1,200

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
2%

New Students Receiving Loans
67%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$798
Tuition (Out-State)
$798
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$4,816
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,800
Academic Expenses
$1,368

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
103
Part Time
87%

In State
20.0%
Out of State
80.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

99.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
99.00%
International

30% female
70% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Seattle Pacific University is a small, private school, located on a forty-acre campus just ten minutes from downtown Seattle. Within the graduate business programs, SPU attracts a small but engaging student body. For many, “what has made the classroom so interesting [is] the diverse backgrounds and experiences of…student[s].” Teamwork is a mainstay of the program, and most students are “able to work well on small group projects, have good communication skills, [and] are inclusive.” Overall, students are “friendly and helpful,” and “the school has a great, positive atmosphere.”

Thanks to the flexible course schedule, most MBA candidates are working “professionals with full-time jobs” in Seattle. For busy evening students, life consists of “work all day, school all night, and then homework the rest of the week.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Graduate Program Coordinator
Graduate Program Coordinator

Address
3307 Third Ave. W., Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98119-1950
United States

Phone
206-281-2753

Fax
206-281-2733

Email
mba-info@spu.edu


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