Frequently Asked Questions About MBA, MPAC, & MSF
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For Career/Student Life questions, click here.
Application & Admission
• May I still apply if I don’t have a business related major or bachelor degree?
Yes. If you have a bachelor’s degree in business or have taken some related courses, you might get some of the classes waived which will be determined once you get accepted to the program.
• What are the requirements to apply or get admitted into the program?
Application form and fee, resume, official transcript, official GMAT score, and official TOEFL score (if applicable). Please click here for more details. Albers School of Business and Economics applicants are accepted into the program on the basis of their entire history, considering each factor individually, and in combination, as part of the admissions process. Personal statements and letters of reference are not required, but may be included, especially if there is information an applicant feels is important for the committee to take into consideration in their decision.
• What are your minimum GMAT, undergraduate GPA, and working experience?
We require 2 years minimum of working experience for the MBA and MSF programs and a competitive score for GMAT and undergraduate GPA. Our GMAT, GPA, and working experiences averages can be viewed in our class profile.
• When is the application deadline?
We offer admissions for each quarter and the deadlines vary for domestic/international students. Please check the deadlines here.
• Is there any preparatory coursework that is required before entrance?
No, however, there are two preparatory requirements that students must meet within a specific timeframe upon admission to the program: Business Calculus and Business Communications. The math requirement includes Business Calculus and can be waived if successfully completed with a grade of B (3.0) or above. Business Calculus, if not waived upon admission, must be completed within the first year of the program. Business Communications can be satisfied by earning in the 25 percentile or higher on the verbal and writing section of the GMAT. Students who do not meet this minimum will be required to complete the Business Communications class in their first quarter of the program.
• When is the program start date?
The program starts every quarter in the following months: September for Fall, January for Winter, April for Spring, and June for Summer. Please click here for more details.
• What programs do you offer?
We offer degree programs, joint degrees, and certificates. Please click here for more details on each program offered.
• Which program is right for me?
We can help you assess which program suits your interests and needs best. Please review the programs we offer and their requirements. We encourage you to contact one of our advisors if you’d like to make an appointment.
• How much is the tuition/class cost?
The cost for each credit is $778. All students pay the same tuition regardless if they are in state, out of state, or an international student. Please click here for more info.
• Why are your graduate programs listed with variable credits?
Each student will spend a different amount depending on their educational background and program. This is because our fundamental business classes can be waived if you took the same class as an undergraduate student. There is a formal evaluation of what classes can be waived before the program begins.
• May I submit GRE score instead of GMAT?
This is up to the Academic Director. You are welcome to submit GRE score with you application, but there is no guarantee the Academic Director will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. This is decided on a case by case basis.
• May I take classes before I have taken the GMAT?
No, the GMAT must be completed before students may begin the graduate program.
• Does Albers offer a GMAT prep class?
Yes. You may access GMAT information on the website.
• What kind of financial aid is available?
Please check here for more information on financial aid and scholarships available.
• Is the program a cohort program or a rolling admission?
Our programs are on a rolling admission schedule. We accept applications and students every quarter of the year.
• Are there any opportunities to learn more about the graduate programs at Seattle University?
Yes, there are information sessions located at both the Seattle and Bellevue campuses. You may also schedule a meeting with a graduate advisor by calling the Albers School of Business and Economics front desk at (206) 296-5700.
• Do I need to get my transcripts evaluated?
Yes, all international transcripts need to be evaluated by an evaluation service (either EEC or EP) before they are sent to Seattle University. Please check here for more information.
• Do I also need to send official copies of my transcripts with the evaluated copy?
Yes. Seattle University also needs an official (only considered official if they arrive in original envelope from the issuing institution or sent electronically via secured institution to institution system) set of transcripts, degree certificates, and/or graduation certificates.
• Where should I send application materials?
All application materials should be sent to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
• What English language tests do you accept? What scores must I reach on these tests?
We accept the TOEFL, IELTS, Institutional MELAB, and Pearson Test of English. Please click here for minimum scores.
• What is the Graduate CLB Program?
The CLB program is a Culture and Language Bridge program that students must enroll in prior to starting their graduate business degree program at Seattle University if they get below a certain score on any of the English tests listed above. More information on the CLB program can be found here.
• What if I have additional international Admissions questions?
Please click here for more information.
• How long is the program?
The program length depends on the number of courses that can be waived, which program you enter (some are longer than others), and the number of courses taken per quarter. A general time frame is typically 2-4 years.
• Do you offer online programs or classes?
We offer very limited online or hybrid courses and we do not offer an online program.
• Is there a requirement in the number of classes I need to take per quarter?
Full time students typically take 2-4 classes, while part time students take 1-3 classes.
• How many classes will I have per week?
Each class meets once a week in the evening. If you take 2 classes, you will have 2 classes every week, one per evening.
• May I waive classes based on my past education?
Yes. The classes waived will be reviewed once a student is accepted. The waivers allowed depend on the program and grades received.
• What does AACSB accredited mean? Why is it important?
AACSB stands for The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates who are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.
• Can I work full time and attend class part time?
Yes. We offer part time programs in the evening.
• What specializations are available?
Please click here for more information on the specializations. We also offer Graduate Certificates that can be taken in conjunction with the graduate degree programs. For more information on those, click here.
• Will specializations show on my diploma and may I do more than one?
Specializations will not show on the diploma. However, they will be listed on your transcripts. You are welcome to do more than one specialization.
• May I take a quarter off?
Yes, we allow students to up to 3 quarters off and 6 years to complete the program. If you take more than 3 quarters off, you need to reapply to the program.
• Can you tell me more about your career center?
Albers has the Albers Placement Center, which assists students and alumni to be successful in their career development and job placement activities. Please visit the link and read more on the services they provide for students.
• Does the program help students get internship/full time positions?
Students typically work closely with the Albers Placement Center to secure internships or full time positions.
• What are some of the companies that recruit heavily from SU?
Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, as well as a host of small- to medium-sized companies.
• What types of student activities are available?
There are two graduate student clubs that serve our students: Albers Graduate Student Association (AGSA) and the Graduate Student Council (GSC). Past activities include: bowling, playing pool, watching Mariners games, wine and cheese socials, advisory board chats, etc.
• I would like to speak with a current student in your program. How would I go about doing that?
Prospective and admitted students are welcome to contact our Graduate Student Ambassadors anytime. Click here to find their contact information and here to read their blog.