Albers School of Business and Economics

Graduate Programs Blog

  • New GMAT MATH Class

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 3/30/2010 01:47:27 PM

    Seattle University has recently announced a new GMAT Quantitative review class starting April 16th. The class is intended for applicants who would like to focus on improving their quantitative skills and increasing their confidence in the math part of the GMAT exam. The class meets in Seattle on April 16th, 17th, 30th and May 1st on Fridays from 5:30-9:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm. More information about the GMAT Quantitative review class and a link to register for the class can be found here.

    • 15 hours of classroom time with a business school instructor
    • Devoted to the quantitative section of the test
    • Includes the Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review
    • Proven strategies for approaching Data-Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions
    • Convenient hours and location at both our Seattle and Bellevue campuses

    Class Fee: $400.00

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at

    Wet Your Feet and Feel the Water

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/30/2010 11:46:14 AM

    The title says it all in a nutshell about the multiple consulting courses offered by the school - New Venture Consulting, International Business Consulting,  Business Sustainability Consulting and Community Development & Entrepreneurship Clinic I & II. These courses are fantastic opportunities that allow students to apply their academic knowledge in solving a real world business issue/issues and to come up with the best strategic, practical and implementable solution.

    I took International Business Consulting course in Fall 09 with professor Tom Kelley. The consulting firm for my project was a local biotech company that wanted to increase their marketshare by gaining an indepth understanding of their customers. We reached out to 8000+ worldwide potential and current customers representing 15+ countries. Feedback response rate was ~ 2.5%, higher than the industry average of ~1%. We ended up giving four strategic recommendations to the company, all of them being considered towards their business development planning. While working on such projects there is no limitation on the amount of effort; You can expand as much as you want and in any direction. The goal is to crack client's business problem.

    So how does consulting help ?

    It is a great way for anyone wanting to learn more about a new industry or a different business domain. If you are thinking of a career change this course can help you give a feel about your target career (given the project is related to your target industry). Or you can just take this course to sharpen your business skills.

    This course covers full nine yards of consulting engagement process. You will learn to probe business problem, identify top/relevant pain points that the company is facing, think about possible and sometimes innovative solutions, perform research, learn about formal presentation techniques, write a structured project report and conclude all efforts by giving a 45 minute presentation to the executive team. Additionally, you will be working in a small team of 2~3 people. It is a great way to put your MBA 510 skills at play (and get the job done despite personality issues).

    Every quarter, the projects are as diverse as one can think of - from using speed boat racing opportunity to further business opportunties in Abu Dhabhi to helping Costco demystify their warehouse floor space and link it with sales. Albers offers different kinds of consulting courses that focus on different kinds of businesses, so there is quite a variety of consulting engagements to choose from.

    I highly recommend this course in enhancing your graduate program experience at Albers. Like professor Kelley says 'It's a hard grind going through the consulting engagement, but at the end you feel immensely satisfied'. 

    Written by Mehul Mediwala. Mehul can be reached at


    The Graduate Programs Open House, Tuesday April 6, 4:30-6:30pm

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/10/2010 01:12:17 PM

    If you’re considering a graduate program at Seattle University, please join us for: 

    The Graduate Programs Open House

    Tuesday, April 6


    Campion Ballroom

    Pigott  Laura


    At the Grad Programs Open House, you will have the opportunity to speak with graduate advisors, current graduate students, faculty, and alumni about the MBA, MPAC, MIB and MSF programs. We encourage current graduate students to invite their friends who are considering the Albers School of Business to attend this event.  To RSVP to this event, please visit us at:

    A campus map, directions, and parking information can be found on our website at:  Free parking will be available in the garage located at 11th and E. Cherry.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at



    Words of advice for starting your graduate studies at the Albers School of Business

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 3/9/2010 02:13:42 PM

    Nearing the last quarter of my MBA, I have been thinking about the things I wish I had known at the start of this journey.

    First, having lived and gone to school on the Seattle side of Lake Washington, I was afraid to venture over to the Bellevue campus until two quarters ago for fear of the traffic and parking. For those of you with the same reservations, I would recommend that you check out the Bellevue campus. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I didn’t encounter the traffic I feared and the parking was plentiful. 

    Second, I wish I had known was how easy it was to access business journal articles by searching the library databases. If you do a regular keyword search from the library’s website, you may only get access to abstracts. To get a PDF or HTML of the whole article, it may be necessary to go through the Business Source Complete database located on the library’s website.  This extra step has saved me much time and frustration.

    Third, I wish I had known how easy it is to use the statistical modeling software we have access to through the computers at the Albers School. Taking thirty minutes to learn the basics on a Monte Carlo simulation program will make your papers and presentations really stand out.

    Fourth, I wish I had known how quickly the MBA program goes by! My advice to incoming students is to take advantage of the opportunities to network with your classmates and if you have time, try an internship in your area of interest. I did two internships this past year, and learned valuable lessons from both of them. It allowed me the freedom to explore potential careers and it was a great opportunity to network with those already in the field. Good luck in your graduate endeavors!

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at



    SU Strengthens its Commitment to Help Youth Succeed in the Community

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 3/4/2010 03:51:59 PM

    After attending the SU Youth Initiative Forum this afternoon, I have realized deeply that there are a huge number of youth in our community who are waiting for support, especially those coming from low-income families.  We have the responsibility to inspire the youth to growth in a safe and positive learning environment by encouraging them and supporting them with our experiences and resources.  It is very important to help them accomplish their dreams, increase their confidence, and make them aware of the steps they need to take in order to overcome the challenges.  It is very true that many youth face major academic challenges, barriers to graduating from high school, and lack of access to higher education.

    Having the professors, undergraduates and graduates in the forum was very helpful because they came up with so many great ideas, such as organizing college visits, setting up mentor programs, inviting community leaders to do workshops, and creating summer jobs and volunteer opportunities, etc.  It includes field trips to SU so the youth can experience college life.  Moreover, we talked about how to make more meaningful and interactive after school programs for the youth.  The most important thing for SU Youth Initiative is the University will offer support throughout the many phases of a child’s life, both in and out of school, pre-K through high school and beyond.

    A great program can fail if we don’t have good people involved.  In order to put words into action, SU Youth Initiative is looking for Albers Graduate students to help organize different events.

    For more information, please visit

    Please remember, Youth are our future.  Together, we can build a better community.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:  


    Posted by Thuy Vien on 3/1/2010 03:20:18 PM

    For graduate students seeking scholarships, I highly recommend checking out I registered on this site last week and found it was very user-friendly. After filling out a simple questionnaire about my educational background and interests, it highlighted some scholarships I may qualify for, based on my answers to the questionnaire. I haven’t received any unwanted emails from this site, and it has proven informative in providing me with details about the opportunities, such as what the deadlines were and allowing online access to the application forms, along with a link to print out a PDF of the forms for those who prefer to mail in their applications.

    A word of caution: There are two websites that may be confused with (without the “the” in the beginning) and Ensure that you are at theWASHBOARD.orgto avoid any confusion.


    Another good website for scholarship opportunities can be found at

    This site, run by the Albers School of Business and Economics, is a great resource with local and national scholarships, along with links to information about federal student loans and fellowship opportunities.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at