Seattle University Online Master of Business Administration 

Why Seattle University? 

An online Master of Business Administration, based in the School of Economics, is a flagship offering of this mid-sized private Jesuit university located in Seattle, Washington. This course has no predetermined entry requirements. Applications are evaluated as a whole, taking into account the applicant’s job experience, academic history, and likelihood for success in the program. Candidates are welcome to provide standardized exam scores (GMAT or other tests) to bolster their applications. The Albers School of Business and Economics at the university is in charge of the program.

Program Snapshot

University Name Seattle University
Location Seattle
State WA Grade B+
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program Albers School of Business and Economics
Credits 54
Cost per credit 947
Tuition for Entire Program $51,138.00
Test Requirements optional
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? yes
Typical Time to Complete 2.5 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes both
Required Courses
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Accounting for Business
  • Finance for Business
  • Economics for Business
  • Teams, Leadership, and Decision-Making
  • Law & Technology
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managerial Accounting for Organizational Leadership
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • The Domestic and Global Economies
  • Management of People
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Data Management in Business
  • International Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Professional and Interpersonal Communications
  • Career Planning and Development
  • Competitive Strategy (Capstone)
Does the Program Include a Capstone? no
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique curriculum includes 17 holistic leadership challenges; 1 orientation residency retreat offered quarterly; 10 week quarters; connections with Seattle area employers including Amazon and Microsoft; optional overseas study trip for credit 
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Understand, integrate, and apply substantive business knowledge in a global context
  • Identify opportunities and problems, generate alternatives, and justify recommendations
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges and defend a course of action
  • Communicate effectively across audiences and modes
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills
  • Access new levels of self-awareness and identify your vocational purpose
Program Description Integrating holistic leadership challenges into a rigorous curriculum comprising 54 required credits, this program generally takes approximately 2.5 years to complete. The program consists only of coursework, with no practicum or internship requirement. Students learn to be globally-minded problem solvers with strong communication skills. 


What will I Learn?

The program’s final goal is to produce graduates who can see opportunities and issues in the global business environment, formulate viable solutions, and defend their proposals. Students will be able to successfully detect and respond to moral and ethical dilemmas, articulate and defend a course of action in a variety of contexts, and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences and media.

Required courses are as follows: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Accounting for Business, Finance for Business, Economics for Business and Teams, Leadership, and Decision-Making. Students also must take Law & Technology, Marketing Fundamentals, Supply Chain Management and Managerial Accounting for Organizational Leadership.

The curriculum also includes mandatory courses in Corporate Financial Management, The Domestic and Global Economies, Management of People, Marketing Analytics and Data Management in Business. Advanced skills are honed in International Management, Negotiation Skills, Professional and Interpersonal Communications and Career Planning and Development.

The capstone course is entitled Competitive Strategy.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2.5 years and pay $$ 947 per credit for a total of 54 credits, or just over $51,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

This curriculum is intended to be completed on a part-time basis and students generally work full-time while studying. They are able to complete the program in approximately 2 and a half years on this schedule. Start dates are offered four times per year.

Courses are offered in a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning models. Synchronous courses have predetermined meeting times each week for “live” class sessions. Asynchronous courses rely on the student to complete online activities each week to fulfill learning goals. 

Students must attend one in-person campus visit: an in-person residency retreat that is offered quarterly.


A distinctive feature of the Seattle program is the integration of seventeen holistic “leadership challenges” across the entire curriculum. These challenges allow students to participate in simulated situations to address business challenges and practice their teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills.

Another attraction of the program is the opportunity for optional overseas study via a for-credit study trip. Applicants may also be lured by the university’s Seattle location due to the school’s connections to area employers such as Amazon and Microsoft.