Albers School of Business and Economics – Seattle University

Seattle University Full-Time MBA (Bridge) Program Structure

The Seattle University one year full-time Bridge MBA at the Albers School of Business and Economics is a cohort program with daytime classes. Past work experience is not required. The program is designed for recent graduates who did not major in business. Students are required to complete 14 three-credit courses and a six-credit capstone course for a total of 48 credits.

Curriculum

Seattle University Bridge MBA students must complete three courses prior to enrollment: Financial Accounting, Statistics, and Spreadsheet skills. Also, if students have not demonstrated proficiency in Business Communications through past coursework or the GMAT or GRE, they may also be required to take Albers’ non-credit course on business communications. Bridge MBA students do not take elective courses.

The Bridge MBA program begins with a one-week orientation that includes the Foundation in MGMT simulation and a mini-case study. After that, students begin taking classes together as a cohort. The theme of fall-quarter classes is Language of Business. Courses include Business Economics, Accounting for Business, Project Management and Organizational Behavior. Fall-quarter activities include the Business Communications Seminar and a service learning project.

The winter-quarter theme is Analytical Process. Students take the following classes: Information Systems in the Digital World, Financial Management, Marketing Strategy and Operations &amp, and Supply Chain Management. Activities include a consulting project during Marketing Strategy, business plan development across classes, and a Business Communications Seminar.

In spring quarter, the theme shifts to Decision-Making. The spring courses are Financial Modeling for Business, Legal Aspects of Business, Business Ethics, and Business Practicum. Activities include an internship, Business Plan Competition and another Business Communications Seminar.

The Seattle University Bridge MBA program concludes with the theme of Integration during summer quarter. Students take Business Strategy-Capstone Course, Creativity and Innovation, and Collaborative Problem Solving, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Activities are the consulting project and a final Business Communications Seminar.

Throughout the program, there are also required extracurricular activities: the Mentor Program, Executive Speaker Series and career workshops by the Placement Center.

Class Profile

Twenty-nine students joined the Bridge MBA program at Albers in 2016-17. Students entered the program with an average GMAT score of 539, an undergraduate GPA of 3.34, and 1.7 years of prior work experience. Student ages ranged from 21 to 27-years old, with an average age of 24.

Upwards of 48 percent of the 2016-17 Bridge MBA class identified as female, with 52 percent identifying as male. Around 66 percent were born in the U.S. and 34 percent were from a multitude of international countries. Classes, on average, contain around 20 to 25 students.

Careers

The Albers Placement Center helps students build their résumés, practice their interviewing skills, network, and make the most of their LinkedIn profiles. The Placement Center also offers career fairs and other events and resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Albers one year, full-time Bridge MBA costs $850 per credit hour for students starting in summer 2017 through spring 2018. There is also a one-time application fee of $55, a matriculation fee of $150, and a $140 technology fee (per quarter).

Albers offers scholarships of $2,500 to $10,000 for Bridge MBA students. Recipients are selected based on their GMAT or GRE scores, undergraduate performance and a personal statement. Students from China are eligible for the PMI China Engagement Scholarship.

Admissions Procedures

In addition to its application form, Albers requires a résumé, GMAT or GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts, a 500-word essay and, if applicable, TOEFL or IELT scores. The program director interviews Bridge MBA candidates. There is a $55 application fee.

Application Deadlines

U.S. applicants must apply by the following dates:

Winter – November 20
Spring – February 20
Summer – May 20
Fall – August 20

International applicants must apply by the following dates:

Winter – September 1
Spring – December 1
Summer – January 1
Fall – April 1