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Early Career, MBA

Seattle University's one-year cohort-based Early Career MBA is tailored for individuals with non-business majors and limited work experience.

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About this Program

One-Year, Early Career MBA: Jumpstart Your Career in Business

The one-year Early Career MBA through Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics provides you with the strong academic foundation of an MBA along with the hands-on experience and carefully crafted career guidance to help you propel your career forward.

Specifically designed for non-business undergraduates with zero to three years of work experience, you’ll gain business acumen and skills to fast-track your career journey, pivot to a new business-focused career, or even get the know-how to start your own business. You’ll expand your influence and pursue your purpose for the good of all.

The one-year Early Career MBA through Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics provides you with the strong academic foundation of an MBA along with the hands-on experience and carefully crafted career guidance to help you propel your career forward.

With the Early Career MBA, you’ll develop cross-functional business knowledge and high-demand leadership skills. You will boost your employability, increase your earning potential and position yourself for accelerated career growth tailored to the Seattle job market and beyond.

You’ll expand your knowledge, influence and leadership potential, explore career paths and professional purpose, and prepare yourself to go out into the world, ready to do good things.

Priority Application and Scholarship Deadlines

Applications for Round 1 are due on March 1 for priority review, followed by Round 2 on May 1, coinciding with the scholarship application deadline. The final deadline, Round 3, is on July 1.

Early Career MBA at a Glance

Learn how the Early Career MBA will contribute to your career goals, explore course requirements and see how impactful it is for your career.

Embarking on an early career MBA journey is a transformative and strategic decision for you, someone eager to accelerate your professional growth. Unlike traditional MBA candidates with years of work experience, you enter the program shortly after completing your undergraduate degree. This path offers a unique opportunity to build a strong foundation of business knowledge early on, setting the stage for a dynamic career trajectory.

Early career MBA programs are designed to equip you with essential management skills, leadership acumen, and a comprehensive understanding of business principles. You benefit from a diverse cohort, fostering a collaborative learning environment where you can exchange ideas and perspectives with peers from various backgrounds. The curriculum is tailored to bridge the gap between academic theory and practical application, enabling you to immediately apply newfound skills in real-world scenarios.

The Early Career MBA program is designed to provide students with a strong academic foundation, guided professional development and the hands-on experience needed to succeed in a variety of careers and industries. With an eye to developing future leaders, the program is constructed with the following goals:

  • Understand, integrate, and apply substantive knowledge in a global context.
  • Identify opportunities and problems, generate alternatives, and justify recommendations.
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges and defend a course of action.
  • Communicate effectively across audiences and modes.
  • Develop self-awareness, demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, and identify one’s vocational purpose.

What You’ll Learn

Learn about the classes you’ll take as a student here.


Job Placement Rate

For Early Career MBA Graduates

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12-Month Program

Complete Early Career MBA in only one year

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1 in 2 Students

Receive Scholarships for the Early Career MBA program

An Early Career MBA Designed for You

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Unique, Full-Time MBA Curriculum Design

Learn solid business skills through MBA course work, build your professional experience through experiential activities, class consulting projects, and internships, and plan for your future career through a carefully planned set of co-curricular activities.

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Expanded Career Options

Develop the broad-based critical thinking skills and business knowledge that employers are seeking in new employees.

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Dedicated Career Center

As an Albers Early Career MBA student, you will participate in activities tailored to helping you prepare for the start of your career, such as the Mentor Program, resume reviews, mock interviews, networking events, and career fairs.

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Personal Attention from Exceptional Faculty

Skilled in both industry and scholarly research, our expert faculty merge theory and hands-on experience in the classroom. With cohorts averaging from 20 to 25 students, you’ll receive personal attention from professors and staff who truly care about your success.

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Downtown Seattle Location

There's no place like Seattle. Live, learn, and earn your one-year Early Career MBA degree in the heart of the city while exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Benefit from Seattle’s proximity to numerous multinational companies and business headquarters, which offers excellent access to business executives and job opportunities in a variety of growing industries.

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Values-Driven Education

At Albers, we champion the responsibility of business to create a better society. Students are taught to be leaders who are committed to making a difference above and beyond the bottom line. Join us in our mission to develop ethical, inclusive and innovative business leaders who lead and manage for the good of their organizations, society and the planet.

Tech-Forward Alumni Network for Career Connections

Over 70% of Albers graduates work within the state, helping to facilitate internships and career connections. As an Albers student, you have a gateway to the Pacific Northwest tech community through the Albers Mentor program and partnerships with the Puget Sound region’s top business professionals.

Prepared for Success: Recent Job Titles of Graduates

The Early Career MBA program is focused on the endgame, which is for graduates to get hired for a job they want in an industry that they are passionate about.

Our graduates have found career success at small startups, at established mid-sized organizations and with influential, global companies, in a wide range of sectors, including technology, aerospace, healthcare and government. Some choose to stay in Seattle, and others venture farther afield.

Each student defines their own path to success.

Here are a few of the companies recent Early Career MBA graduates accepted positions with after graduation:

  • Amazon, Program Manager
  • Cofense, Technical Marketing Manager
  • Gates Ventures, Research Community & Data Administrator
  • KOMO TV, Marketing Consultant
  • Tractive, Customer Happiness Strategy Manager
  • Benaroya Research Institute, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • UCLA, Human Resource Specialist
  • McKinstry, Business Operations Analyst
  • Nintex, Talent Acquisition Operations Coordinator
  • Oracle, Program Manager
  • TokuSaku Consulting, Project Coordinator
  • Seattle University, Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement
  • ConvergeOne, Conversational AI Business Consultant

Explore Our Career and Networking Opportunities

Albers is connected to over 81,000 alumni in 42 states and 88 nations. Our connections open pathways that help you take the fast track to leadership in your chosen field.

Hear From Our Alumni

Emily Barr

“I chose the Bridge (Early Career) MBA because as an undergraduate alumni of Seattle University, I wanted to continue learning in an atmosphere surrounded by leaders who employ the Seattle University mission statement: ‘[leaders]…dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation…for a just and humane world.’ This program was a perfect business fit to complement my undergraduate background in hard sciences!”

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