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Albers School of Business and Economics – Seattle University - Leadership Executive MBA

Seattle University Leadership Executive MBA Program Structure

The Seattle University Leadership Executive MBA (LEMBA) at Albers School of Business and Economics  is 22 months/six quarters (two academic years). Executive Education programs begin once a year in late August that is aimed at mid- to senior-level professionals. Classes meet for a long weekend once a month, typically 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday to Saturday.


Thoughtfully designed with courses grouped into five broad themes, our the Albers EMBA curriculum focuses on expanding your perspective through multidisciplinary and multi-industry exposure, as well as through coursework, reflection, rigorous application, and dedicated one-on-one executive coaching.

The Leadership Executive MBA (LEMBA) begins with the Executive Leadership Certificate (ELP) program, a two-quarter deep dive into leadership. Following the ELP, you’ll continue to refine your leadership outlook and skills as you move into the business curriculum for the remaining four quarters of the program.

First year EMBA courses focus on accounting, economics, data analytics and statistics, adaptive leadership and vision, team building, leading responsible organizations, ethics, negotiations, the role of business in the community, communications, and executive coaching.

Second year EMBA courses explore the connections between operations, strategy, and execution. Courses topics include global strategy, strategic marketing, economics of the firm, financial strategy and management, organizational performance and change management, and the role information and communications technology plays in enabling new ways of doing business. Finally, to demonstrate the skills you have acquired, each student designs and implements a strategic, executive project that integrates the two years of learning.

Curriculum Overview

The five overarching themes driving the design of our curriculum mirror the responsibilities and challenges business professionals will face in the course of their careers: leadership, effectiveness, strategic thinking, execution, and impact. Courses covering these topics are delivered over a 6-quarter period (two academic years).

Executive MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 16th

Class Profile

Students in the Seattle University Leadership Executive MBA program are, on average, 46-years old, and had 20 years of previous work experience, and 15 years of managerial experience. These students enrolled with an average GMAT of 660 and GPA of 3.35. About 42 percent of students are female.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The 20-month Leadership Executive MBA (LEMBA) takes place over six quarters (two academic years). Tuition for the 2020 incoming class The tuition cost for the Albers Leadership Executive MBA is $17,000 per quarter and is billed in six quarterly installments, totaling roughly $102,000.

This cost includes tuition, fees, textbooks and course materials, meals and lodging at residential sessions, continental breakfasts and lunches on class days, and food and refreshments at various hosted events. On-campus parking and graduation regalia are not included in tuition.

Students in the Seattle University Leadership Executive MBA Program can apply for Federal Stafford Direct Loans or Graduate Plus Loans.  The University also awards several LEMBA scholarships to support leaders whose professional experience reflects their commitment to one or more of the following areas: Academic Excellence, Service and Leadership, Community, and Global Engagement. Awards are dispersed equally across the six quarters of the LEMBA program.


The University is pleased to announce additional scholarship support for LEMBA students. Candidates for the program that submit applications for the Early Decision deadline December 1 or the second application deadline March 1 are eligible for up to $30,000 in scholarship support.


In addition to the Application for Graduate Admission and a $55 nonrefundable fee (waived for Seattle University alumni). In addition the following are required for admissions:

  • Four-year undergraduate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or U.S. equivalent. Exceptions considered on an individual basis by the dean.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended, including graduate programs. Transcripts from international institutions (including Canada) may require additional evaluation; see your recruiter for more information.
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience, seven of which should be managerial in nature but can include management of people, products, programs, or projects is required.
  • Two recommendations from current or former supervisors using online evaluation forms supplied to recommenders by the university. Applicants without supervisors (i.e. entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs) should consult with the recruiter for recommendation options.
  • Two- to four-page, double-spaced essay addressing prompts supplied in the application which, in addition to an explanation of the applicant’s interest, also serves as a writing sample.
  • A résumé which must include evidence of work at a mid- to senior-level role and at least seven years of experience. The GMAT or GRE may be waived in light of proof of related skills including verbal, quantitative and critical thinking ones. Albers designates online workshops to fulfill this substitution. Applicants chosen to advance will be interviewed by the program admissions committee.
  • The Leadership Executive MBA program does not require an entrance exam (i.e. GMAT, GRE, EA). Accepted students will complete a self-paced online course prior to the beginning of Fall quarter to prepare for the quantitative requirements of the program.

International students should contact the school for information on additional procedures.

Application Deadlines

New for Fall 2020: Applicants in the Early Decision and Second application periods will be eligible for the Hagen Scholarship.

Early Decision Application Period Deadline: December 1

Early Decision Decision Date: December 31

Second Application Period Deadline: March 1

Second Application Decision Date: March 31

Final Application Deadline: June 1

Final Decision Date: June 15

Submissions after June 15 will be evaluated space permitting.

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