Leadership Executive MBA


While Seattle University's EMBA is one of the nation's top programs, "leading" refers to the intense emphasis on personal leadership we weave into everything we do, preparing students to use their vision and skills to make a profound impact on their companies and communities. For more than 20 years, Seattle University has drawn savvy business leaders from all over the Northwest looking for more than an excellent education in business concepts alone. Here’s what sets us apart. 

Leadership Executive MBA alumni explain why they chose to earn their degree at Seattle University

A Leadership Curriculum Like No Other

Most EMBA programs offer leadership courses, typically focusing on the tactical application of managerial tools and concepts for maximum effectiveness. At Seattle University, we believe there’s more to leadership than effectiveness, and it starts with knowing who you are. That’s why our Leadership Executive MBA program (LEMBA) begins with a 7-month in-depth personal exploration of leadership where you’ll develop an authentic approach to leadership based on who you are, not on a “system” or the practices of leadership luminaries. 

With relevant application to your current work environment and dedicated one-on-one executive coaching, you’ll broaden your perspective as you examine all aspects of leadership, and develop the confidence, insight and self-awareness necessary to influence and inspire others.

A Business Curriculum You Can Take to Work

The Leadership Executive MBA Program at the Albers School of Business will equip you with a palette of tools to increase your strategic thinking abilities. Assignments often require you to apply these tools and concepts to your current work environment, not a fictitious business or situation. Our applied approach allows you to add value to your employer while making you a more valuable employee.

National Reputation and Small Class Size

The LEMBA program is ranked #16 nationally for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Executive MBA program in the Pacific Northwest to be recognized in the Top 20 programs nationally. We accept approximately 18 - 24 students into the LEMBA program per year to create an intimate learning environment that’s cohesive, collaborative, and supportive.

Easy Access to Top Faculty

Our expert faculty are highly skilled at merging theory with practice in the classroom. Most have both industry and research experience, as well as great success instructing executive audiences. We also invite accomplished guest speakers to provide added insight.

A Schedule That Works for You

The LEMBA program meets once a month in compact, two-day modules, accommodating the most demanding schedules. The compressed schedule allows participants to graduate in six academic quarters. Meeting days are typically Friday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

An Expanded Professional Network

Our classrooms are team-based, so you’ll learn as much from your peers as you will from your instructors. Students typically have 12 to 15 years’ of professional experience and come from a wide range of industries, firms, job functions, and backgrounds. While also broadening your network, our active alumni and social events help you maintain the rewarding and lasting relationships you built in the program. 



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Leadership EMBA Program

Ranked #16 Nationally

The top-ranked program in the Northwest 10 years running


The program gave me an incredible network of mentors, coaches, and very esteemed business executives within the Puget Sound community that I otherwise would’ve never had access to and they’re still helping me today.

Orla Concannon, LEMBA '15 Founder & CEO, Eldergrow

The LEMBA program combines deep and comprehensive executive leadership training with a robust educational experience in foundational business subjects. It has had a significant positive impact on leaders of Providence St. Joseph Health System. The Jesuit emphasis on social justice and promotion of the common good at Seattle University complement the mission and values of PSJHS, which specifically call out caring for all people compassionately.

Jay Cook, MD, FACS, LEMBA '17, Chief Medical Officer, Providence Regional Medical Center

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