Applying to the Bridge MBA

Program Requirements and Course Load

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Applying to the Bridge MBA

Do I need an undergraduate degree in business to participate in the Bridge MBA Program?

No. In fact, the Bridge Program is only available for students without a degree in business.

Do I need any work experience?

The Bridge Program is only available to students with less than two years of professional working experience.

Do I need to take the GMAT to be accepted into the Bridge program?

The GRE and GMAT are optional for anyone applying to a non-law graduate program in the 2020-21 academic year. Applicants to the Albers School of Business are still encouraged to submit a GMAT or GRE when possible. Choosing to include a GMAT or GRE score can make your application more competitive and give the admissions team more information about you. Albers does retain the right to recommend submitting a GMAT or GRE score to assist in the admissions decision process on a case-by-case basis.

 More information about admissions can be found on our Bridge MBA admissions page.

As an international student, do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

Yes. More information about international admissions can be found on the Graduate Admissions International Students page.

Program Requirements and Course Load

Can I start the program in any quarter?

No. The Bridge MBA Program is a one year, cohort program. It is four quarters in length and begins in the fall quarter only.

How many credits does the Bridge MBA require? Can I waive any?

The Bridge MBA Program consists of 48 credits. We do not give waivers. More information about curriculum can be found on the Degree Requirements page.

How long does it take to complete the Bridge MBA Program?

It takes one year (four quarters). It begins in fall quarter and ends at the conclusion of summer quarter the following year.

Will I earn an MBA in the Bridge Program?

Yes. After completing the Bridge MBA program, you will have earned a Masters in Business Administration. This is an accredited program. Visit Which MBA is Right for You? for a chart explaining the differences between Seattle University's three MBA programs.

What does it mean to be a cohort program?

A cohort program means that you and your classmates will begin and end the program together. You will have all of your classes together.

How large is the cohort?

The Bridge MBA Program consists of an average of 25 students.

Are there any other requirements to complete the program?

Yes. The Bridge program requires co-curricular work. Students must attend some of the Seattle University Executive Speakers Series presentations, participate in the mentor program, and complete an internship. Additionally, a retreat and a week of seminars are required before classes start in fall quarter, students must attend quarterly business communication seminars, and students must participate in seminars with the placement office.

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Can I work during the program? When are classes?

Yes. You can work part-time during the program; full-time work would be difficult, since you will be in class Monday-Thursday from 9-11:40 a.m. This is a full-time graduate program.  

What housing options are available for graduate students?

Though most Albers graduate students choose to find their own housing, we do have some helpful information. Logan Court Townhomes and Murphy Apartments are both available through Seattle University Housing and Residence Life. While both are available for graduate and law students, they have limited space each year, and Murphy Apartments is also available to undergraduate students. Please visit the for more information about rates and applying.

The Douglas Apartments is a privately owned and managed property located on campus for Seattle University students. About 30% of their renters are graduate and law students. Please visit their website for more information and rates.

Seattle University has partnered with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing solutions for post-secondary students. This service is free for all students to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus or finding a roommate. Students need not register to search listings. Landlords can list properties at very competitive rates (less than most other mediums of advertising). Students can view rental listings for Seattle area or register to post a free sublet ad or find roommates.

There are other privately owned off-campus options near campus, including Anthem Apartments and Apodments. Other search tools for apartments are Padmapper and Zumper. We also recommend trying to connect with other students starting the program via Facebook if you are looking for roommates.