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Albers School of Business and Economics

FAQs

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Application & Admission

• What programs do you offer?
We offer degree programs, joint degrees, and certificates. Please visit our Degrees page 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.

• 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.
• 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.

• 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.

• 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 visit our Admissions page 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.
• Can I waive the GMAT or GRE?
The GMAT/ GRE waivers are only considered for PMBA program applicants that meet one of the following criteria:
  • Applicant completed their undergraduate studies at SU and received a high GPA (3.25 or higher at the Albers School or 3.5 or higher in another program at SU)
  • Applicant has one of the following:
    • CPA or CFA designation
    • Master’s or Ph.D. in a technical field
    • Terminal degree such as JD, MD
• What’s the minimum GMAT score required to be accepted?
Please see the following link to the 2016-2017 class profiles regarding the average GMAT scores for all programs. While this is not a minimum, it is an indicator of the scores that we are receiving: https://www.seattleu.edu/albers/graduate/class-profiles/

• What are the application deadlines?

Application Deadlines

Winter

Spring

Summer

Fall

Domestic Students:

- MBA, MSF, and Certificate programs

Nov. 20

Feb. 20

May 20

Aug. 20

Domestic Students:

-MSBA

N/A

N/A

N/A

July 20

Domestic Students:

- MPAC program

Nov. 20

Feb. 20

April 1

June 15

Domestic Students:

- Bridge MBA program

N/A

N/A

N/A

July 1

International Students

(All programs)

Sep. 1

Dec. 1

Jan 1

Apr 1

• Does Albers offer a GMAT prep class? 
Yes. You may access GMAT information on the website.
• Can I still be accepted if my GMAT/GRE score comes in after the deadline but I submitted the rest of my application?
We recommend taking the test no later than two weeks prior to the deadline. At the testing center you can request an unofficial, printed score. Bring that score to the admissions office and this will act as a “placeholder” while your application is being reviewed. The official score that is mailed to the school by GMAC will then confirm your unofficial score.
• Do you require letters of recommendation or a personal statement?
Personal statements are optional for all graduate programs except for the MSBA and Bridge MBA programs. Letters of recommendation are not required for admission to any of our graduate programs. We encourage you to include these documents if there is information you feel is important for the committee to take into consideration in their decision.
• Do you accept students only in the fall or throughout the year?
We have a rolling admissions policy for all programs, excluding the Bridge and MSBA programs which only begin in the fall. For all other programs, students are accepted year round, giving you the ability to begin any program in the term that best works with your schedule.
• Do I need an undergraduate degree to be accepted?
Yes
• What’s the minimum GPA required to be accepted?
Please see the following link to the 2016-2017 class profiles regarding the average GPA for all programs. While this is not a minimum, it is an indicator of the scores that we are receiving: https://www.seattleu.edu/albers/graduate/class-profiles/

If you are concerned about your GPA the best place to address these concerns is in the personal statement of you application. If you feel there is something about your work experience or education history that needs explaining, please take a moment to do so in this space.

• Where do I mail my application?
All application materials should be sent to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
 
• What are the GMAT/GRE test codes?
Seattle University's codes for GMAT scores are:
Professional MBA (Part Time)- OTM-56-13
Professional MBA (Full Time)- OTM-56-88
Bridge MBA – OTM -56-99
MSBA - OTM-56-61
MSF - OTM-56-66
MPAC - OTM-56-50
L-EMBA - OTM-56-85
***Seattle University code number for GRE scores is GRE 0856.
• My test score/GPA is low. Can I still be accepted?
The best place to address GPA concerns is in the personal statement of you application. If you feel there is something about your education history that needs explaining, please take a moment to do so in this space. It is also a good way for the admissions staff to get a better picture of who you are as a person. Additionally, it may be helpful for you to take some additional classes to show that you will be able to handle the workload. The GMAT will play a strong role in your selection as well. A high score on the test may be another goal that would help balance out a low GPA.

• 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 Professional Writing. 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. Professional Writing 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 Professional Writing 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 for more details.

 

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

• 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 the Graduate Admissions International Students page 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
Seattle University
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 check the for minimum scores.

• What is the Graduate ELCB Program?
The ELCB program is an English Language and Culture 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 at the English Language Learning Center page.

• What if I have additional international Admissions questions?
Please visit the Graduate Admissions FAQs for more information.

REGISTRATION & COURSE LOAD

• Can I take prerequisite courses at another school and transfer the credits?
They can be included once you are enrolled or taken prior to application. Courses completed outside of Seattle U can be taken at any accredited institution, including a local community college or university.
• Do you offer online courses?
Currently we only offer prerequisite courses online for students already admitted to the program. The classes offered include Business Calculus and Business Statistics
• How long will it take to finish the program?
Estimated length of Albers Graduate programs:

PMBA:

54 credits

Part-time 9 Qtrs; 2.5 yrs

Full-time 6 Qtrs; 1.5 yrs

MPAC:

45 credits

Part-time 8 Qtrs; 2yrs

Full-time 4 Qtrs; 1 year

MSBA:

45 credits

Part-time 8 Qtrs; 2yrs

Full-time 4 Qtrs; 1 year

MSF:

45 credits

Part-time 8 Qtrs; 2yrs

Full-time 4 Qtrs; 1 year

Bridge MBA:

1 year, 48 credits

 

Certificates:

Minimum of 15 credits

Part-time 1+ year(s)

Full-time 3 Quarters to 1 year

• What courses can I waive and how?
A meeting with your academic advisor will determine the number of classes able to be waived.  Waivers are based on previously completed courses and the grade received.
• How many courses per quarter do I need to be considered full-time?
Any course load above 6 credits (or 2 classes) per quarter is considered full time enrollment.
• Can I be a full-time student even though the program is called “Part-time MBA”?
If your schedule permits, you may enroll in more than one class. The majority of our students are employed and working full time while attending class in the evenings.
• Are there graduate classes during the day?
No graduate classes are held during the day in the following Albers Graduate programs:
  • Professional MBA
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science, Business Analytics
In contrast, all classes for the Bridge MBA program are held during the day.
• When are the evening classes?
6pm to 8:40pm at Seattle campus. 5:30pm to 8:10pm at Eastside campus in Bellevue.
• I am working full time, how many classes do you recommend I take?
Most students working full-time take 2 classes per quarter; 6 credits.
• How much study time is required per class on average?
The average student spends 1 to 2 times the amount of time preparing for class or studying as they spend in class. For example, one class per week for 2.5 hours = 2.5-5 hours of preparation each week.
• Can I take classes only in Bellevue?
At present all PMBA core classes can be completed in Bellevue, however, many of the electives are only offered at the Seattle campus.
• 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.
• What certificates are available? 
We offer Graduate Certificates that can be taken in conjunction with the graduate degree programs. For more information on those, visit our Certificates page.

• 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.

 

CAREER/STUDENT LIFE

• 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 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. Visit the Graduate Student Ambassador blog for more information .

Next Steps

       Request Information

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       Information Sessions

  • Contact Christina Hughes at albersgrad@seattleu.edu or (206) 398-4312 for questions or to set up a prospective student appointment.
  • Learn about the Jesuit MBA Network and the JEBNET transfer agreement for MBA students in Jesuit programs.

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