MBA Programs in Seattle with School Options

Dec 18, 2018

The Seattle area has more than ten colleges that offer MBA degree programs. To make an informed education decision, learn about the admission policies, program options and requirements at three of these schools located within five miles of central Seattle.

Seattle Schools with MBA Degrees

Students who wish to enroll in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in Seattle have many choices. This article focuses on the coursework available at three universities that are all less than 15 minutes from the city center. After exploring their degree requirements, get some stats on the profiled schools in the table below. There's also a little info on a few other school options in the area.

  • Students who are interested in the largest institution with the most academic options should look at the University of Washington - Seattle. Located roughly five miles from downtown Seattle, the university offers five different MBA programs through the Foster School of Business.
  • Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic university that was established in 1891, is situated only about a mile from the center of the city. It offers three full-time or part-time MBA and specialty programs.
  • Located around four miles from the city's downtown area, Seattle Pacific University is a Christian institution offering a part-time MBA program where classes meet one evening a week.

Comparison of Schools

To find out more about the featured universities beyond their academic offerings, take a look at this table. It has several facts that you can use to compare the schools, including their costs and enrollment numbers.

University of Washington - Seattle Seattle University Seattle Pacific University
School Type Four-year; public Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 31,331 undergraduates and 14,835 graduate students* 4,560 undergraduates and 2,718 graduate students* 2,900 undergraduates and 883 graduate students*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Graduate Tuition (2017-2018) $15,207 (in-state); $27,255 (out-of-state)* $19,426* $28,620*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016) 57%* 96%* 98%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Washington - Seattle

The Michael G. Foster School of Business at UW-Seattle offers five MBA options and is routinely ranked as one of the best business schools in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report (2019), UW's full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs were all ranked in the top in the nation. The school has a traditional MBA program in addition to specialized programs and several options for working professionals.

Full-Time MBA

UW's full-time MBA integrates international and practical experiences with leadership building and collaborative learning and can be completed in 21 months. Students will spend the first year establishing a strong foundation by taking core classes in accounting, finance, leadership, marketing and strategy. The second year of the program has two required courses (ethical leadership and global economic conditions) and allows students to choose from a variety of electives to create their own curriculum and focus on a particular area of interest beyond that. Additionally, the school offers second-year activities that include mentoring, studying abroad, earning a certificate, working with an executive mentor and completing a fellowship that will better prepare students for the workforce in their particular area of interest.

Evening MBA

The 79-credit evening MBA option should be completed in up to three years by taking classes two evenings per week. Students in this program must have at least six years of work experience. The first two years of this program are focused on basic business concepts, skills and tools through core classes in leadership, analysis, marketing strategy and management. The third and final year of the program is flexible and allows students to take a series of elective courses in a particular area of interest such as entrepreneurship, international business, finance or marketing.

Technology Management MBA

The Technology Management MBA is an 18-month program that meets one evening per week and every other Saturday, designed for working professionals. This program requires that students have an average of 11 years of work experience, and it is geared towards individuals interested in technology-based business and entrepreneurship. Coursework will emphasize executive management theories and will focus on providing technology professionals with a business foundation through courses including negotiations, professional communications, leadership, competitive strategy and venture capital investment.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program is completed in 21 months and requires applicants to have an average of 13 years of previous work experience. This program consists of full-day classes and is designed for mid-career executives interested in leadership, strategy and decision-making. This full-time program has a set curriculum that is completed as a group and also integrates off-site learning sessions, various teaching styles and a second-year capstone.

Global Executive MBA

The Global Executive MBA is a 12-month, accelerated program designed for leaders with a strong international background. This is an intensive, full-time program that requires a year off from work to complete. The curriculum is designed to provide leaders with the training and knowledge to work competitively in the global world and includes courses in competitive strategy, professional communication, global strategy, international finance and managerial accounting. Roughly 80-90% of students who enter this program are international and plan on a career abroad.

Seattle University

Seattle University is conveniently located in Seattle's Capitol Hill area and enrolls over 7,700 students annually. The MBA options at Seattle University include full-time, part-time and leadership executive MBA programs through the Jesuit tradition. U.S. News & World Report (2019) ranked the Executive MBA at the school's Albers School of Business and Economics 11th in the nation.

Professional MBA

The Professional MBA is an evening program that has a part-time or full-time track available for students. Part-time students can complete the program in two to three years, whereas it will take a year and a half to two years for those enrolled full-time. Students study preparatory coursework, leadership and team building, fundamental business courses, required core classes, electives and strategy and synthesis. Students can choose a concentrated area of study such as business law, entrepreneurship, finance, international business or economics.

Bridge MBA

The full-time Bridge MBA is a 12-month program designed for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-business major. This program will provide students with the basics of business and critical thinking, beginning with a one-week orientation and continuing with coursework under four sections. Students will take a variety of courses including business economics, marketing strategy, financial management, business ethics, business strategy and organizational behavior.

Leadership Executive MBA

The Leadership Executive MBA program is designed for mid- to senior-level professionals to expand their knowledge through advanced coursework and in-depth coaching. Only 24-28 students are admitted each year. This is program that is completed in six quarters by taking classes once per month in an intensive three-day session. Coursework focuses on executive leadership, business principles, organizational effectiveness, global strategy and strategy implementation.

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university that enrolls over 3,500 students annually. Through the School of Business and Economics, students can earn an MBA and choose from a wide variety of specializations.


Seattle Pacific University's MBA program consists of 72 credits, and classes meet one evening a week for three hours. Students will take 27 credits of core classes, 30 credits of advanced classes and 15 credits of electives. Students are not required to take the core courses if they have previously taken and successfully completed the courses listed. Advanced coursework includes business ethics, marketing analysis, managerial communication, global political economics and strategic planning. Students can choose from specializations such as management, cybersecurity and data analytics. Students can only designate a specialization if they take at least four courses within that area of concentration.

Other Schools

MBA programs in the Seattle area are also available at Pinchot University, Pacific Lutheran University and Northwest University.

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