Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements from Seattle University's 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog.

54 credits to completion

30 credits of required classes
24 credits of electives

I. Core Courses

30 credits. 27 of the required core credits are offered in 2 tracks.

The Seattle University PMBA Core is focused on developing managers who can navigate complex situations to solve business problems, recognize (or create) opportunities, and think holistically about business challenges—with concern for people, processes, and technologies.

Seattle University Professional MBA Core Class Methodology:

The core curriculum includes eight courses, designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the disciplines that make up a comprehensive business education. Each course focuses on solving real-world business problems.

Core Class Logistics:

The core is offered on two different tracks: the Behavioral Core (Management, Ethics, Leadership and Marketing) and the Analytical Core (Accounting, Finance, Economics, Operations). Students can take the two core tracks simultaneously or take the Behavioral Core first followed by the Analytical Core. Both tracks in the Core starts twice each year, in fall quarter and again in spring quarter. If a PMBA student starts in summer or winter quarter, they would begin with electives, then switch to core the following quarter.

The core classes are cohort-based, meaning that students move through each core track together. This enables students to build close relationships with one another and to build a network in the Seattle business community. Because of the cohort model, students take the core classes on the same night for three quarters; so, for example (for a fall start), you would take analytical core courses on Monday or Wednesday nights for fall, winter, and spring quarters and behavioral core classes on Tuesday or Thursday nights for fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Behavioral Core

(13 credits)

Classes are sequential in the Behavioral Core.

Course Number Course Title Credits
MBA 5011 Teams, Leadership and Decision Making 4
BETH 5120 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility 3
MBA 5012 Law and Technology 3
MBA 5013 Marketing Fundamentals 3

Analytical Core

(12 credits)

Classes are sequential in the Analytical Core.

Course Number Course Title Credits
MBA 5005 Accounting for Business 3
MBA 5006 Finance for Business 3
MBA 5007 Economics for Business 3
MBA 5009 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3

Professional Development Core

(2 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
MBA 5235 Professional & Interpersonal Communications* 1
MBA 5240 Career Planning & Development 1

*MBA 5235 should be taken within the first 25 credit hours.

II. Electives

(24 credits)

Note: Students must complete BETH 5120, MBA 5005, 5006, 5007, 5008, 5010, and 5012 prior to advancing to electives unless otherwise approved by the Program Director.

Electives include:

  • Approved Elective in Global Business (3)
  • General Electives (21)

* With the permission of the chair of the PMBA program, students may earn up to three credits of electives from an approved internship.

You may choose from a wide variety of Electives to satisfy your 24 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 one Certificate within the 54 credits to enhance your MBA.

Currently, the graduate certificates offered at Albers are in accounting, business analytics, finance, global business, innovation & entrepreneurship, leadership formation, marketing and risk advisory and assurance.

III. Capstone: Applications in Strategy

(3 credits)

*Capstone should be taken in the last 9 credits of a student’s program.

Course Number Course Title Credits
MBA 5500 Competitive Strategy 3
MBA 5340 Business Consulting 3

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.