Albers School of Business and Economics
Professional MBA

Degree Requirements

  • from Seattle University's 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog

    Degree Requirements for those in the pre-summer 2014 Professional MBA program can be found here.

    54 credits to completion
    24 credits of required classes
    30 credits of electives

    I. Preparatory Course Work

    Based on a student’s academic background, there are various ways to complete the following Preparatory and Prerequisite Business Courses. The information below will help determine the most appropriate route for completing these courses. The Professional MBA Prerequisite Chart provides helpful information no prerequisite sequencing and requirements.

    Business Calculus

    Business Calculus is required for Professional MBA students who wish to take Economics or Finance electives. This requirement can be waived if the student completed the course as an undergraduate, and received a score of B- or higher. more information is available on the Business Calculus page.

    Business Communications

    Business communications is required for students with a score below 25% on the verbal or writing sections of the GMAT or GRE. More information is available on the Business Communications page.

    The calculus requirement must be completed by the end of the first year of the program. The communications requirement must be completed within the first quarter.

    Prerequisite Business Courses

    Students must have completed satisfactory coursework in statistics, financial accounting, and managerial accounting. The alternatives may be online courses, self-paced tutorials, waiver exams, or other options deemed appropriate by department faculty. The prep work will need to be completed prior to entering the Analytical Core or quantitative elective courses.

    Statistics

    This requirement can be waived if the student completed the course as an undergraduate, and received a score of B- or higher. More information is available on the Statistics page.

     ACCT 5030 Financial Accounting

    A student planning to take Accounting electives must take Financial Accounting. This requirement can be waived if the student completed the course as an undergraduate, and received a score of B- or higher. If a student has not taken Financial Accounting previously, then ACCT 5030* must be taken.
    A student not planning to take Accounting electives can choose to complete this prerequisite via a waiver exam. More information is available on the Waiver Exams and Workshops page.

    ACCT 5040 Managerial Accounting

    A student planning to take Accounting electives must take Managerial Accounting. This requirement can be waived if the student completed the course as an undergraduate, and received a score of B- or higher. If a student has not taken Managerial Accounting previously, then ACCT 5040* must be taken.
    A student not planning to take Accounting electives can choose to complete this prerequisite via a waiver exam. More information is available on the Waiver Exams and Workshops page.

    *Please note that Financial and Managerial Accounting classes are 3 credits each (at the current Albers Graduate tuition rate) and will not count towards the 54 credits needed for the Professional MBA program. Further, these courses do not meet the guidelines for federal loans since they are not a required part of the 54 credit degree program.

    II. Core Courses

    Twenty-four credits. Nineteen of the required core credits are offered in 2 tracks:

    Note: Students must complete MBA 5205, 5210, 5215, 5220, 5225, and 5230 prior to advancing to electives unless otherwise approved by the Program Director.

    Behavioral core (10 credits)

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MBA 5205 Teams, Creativity, & Decision Making 4
    MBA 5210 Building Stakeholder Relationships 3
    MBA 5215 Strategy & Innovation 3

    Analytical core (9 credits)

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MBA 5220  Identifying & Accessing Markets 3
    MBA 5225 Delivering Growth 3
    MBA 5230 Managing Risk 3

    Each module is offered as a cohort and takes 3 quarters to complete. They can be taken simultaneously, which is preferable, or separately. (If taken separately, you must start with the Behavioral module.)

    Additional Required Classes

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    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MBA 5235 Professional & Interpersonal Communications 1
    MBA 5240 Career Planning & Development
    Recommended to be taken in year 1 or 2
    1
    Capstone: Applications in Strategy 3
    Capstone may only be taken in the last nine credits of a student’s program. Choose one of the following three options:
    MBA 5500 Competitive Strategy  
    MBA 5340 Business Consulting  
    Independent Study manifesting appropriate depth and breadth as determined by the Program Director
     

    III. Electives

      Thirty credits, including:

    • Approved Elective in Global Business (3)
    • General Electives (27)

    You may choose from a wide variety of electives to satisfy your 30 elective credits. This is your chance to customize your MBA by specializing in a particular area or taking classes across disciplines for a more general graduate program. If you choose to focus on a particular area, you have the opportunity to earn up to 2 graduate certificates within the 54 credits to enhance your MBA.

    Currently, the graduate certificates offered at Albers are in accounting, business analytics, business valuation, finance, innovation & entrepreneurship, marketing, and sustainability.

    Professional MBA Program Duration

    Part-time MBA students taking 2 courses per quarter can complete the program in 9 quarters.

    Full-time MBA students taking 3 classes per quarter can complete the program in 6 quarters.