A PGS education introduces you to a dynamic community of change agents—industry pioneers, world-class faculty, business-leading alumni and talented peers—who are working together to change business for good.

Presidio Graduate School is more than an educational institution or a professional network. We’re a vibrant and growing learning community that engages, inspires and challenges students, alumni and faculty, as well as business, policy and non-profit leaders to make our world more just, prosperous and sustainable every day.

Our enterprising community offers our students and graduates an exceptional resource. It provides access to a world-wide group of talented professionals across all sectors and industries who are at the forefront of the sustainability field and are committed to helping Presidio students realize their career goals.

While we are one cohesive learning community, each of our unique programs provides different avenues of engagement within it. Choose the program that fits your learning preferences and community needs the best.

The life of a San Francisco “Hybrid” Student 

Our San Francisco Hybrid MBA in Sustainable Management format uses a combination of residential and distance learning instruction, allowing us to combine our emphasis on building an immersive learning community with the flexibility afforded by distance learning. This design allows students from across the United States to participate in the program while continuing to live and work in their current place of residence.

Orientation

The program begins with a two-day mandatory orientation at the Presidio, a unique national park located in San Francisco – walking distance from the Golden Gate Bridge. Students will engage in a value exploration exercise, systems walk, lifeline mapping, and deep dialogue to build their self awareness as their start their graduate degree.

Residencies

The community meets 10 times each year—once per month from August thru May —for a four-day “residency” session (Thursday thru Sunday). On Saturday evenings during Residency weekends, the school hosts receptions, speakers, and other programs for current students and alumni to attend. These gatherings are not only an opportunity to broaden one’s knowledge of the sustainability community, but also to network and collaborate with other Presidians.

Distance Learning

Between intensives, the community engages through online distance-learning technologies, including online class sessions, assignments and activities to apply theory to live situations that support student learning.

The life of a Seattle “Hybrid” Student 

Our Seattle Hybrid MBA in Sustainable Systems format uses a combination of residential and distance learning instruction, allowing us to combine our emphasis on building an immersive learning community with the flexibility afforded by distance learning. This design allows students from across the United States to participate in the program while continuing to live and work in their current place of residence.

Orientation

The program begins with a required four-day orientation at IslandWood, a LEED gold-certified facility that is a model of energy efficiency and sustainable design. Topics covered include an overview of accounting and exploring the critical elements of building and leading a sustainable enterprise, as well as conversations about thriving in complex systems and a global world of competing business interests. Learners are assigned to their Leadership and Personal Development learning circles, which is a team that will stay together and support each other throughout the course of the 2-year program.

Intensives

The community meets nine times each year—once per month during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters—for a four-day residential “intensive” session (mid-day Thursday through mid-day Sunday) at IslandWood, a 255-acre environmental education center on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Distance Learning

Between intensives, the community engages through online distance-learning technologies, including online class sessions, assignments and activities to apply theory to live situations that support student learning.

The life of a Seattle “Metro” Student 

The Seattle MBA, Sustainable Business Track (“Metro”) format combines our emphasis on cultivating a learning community with the additional interaction and flexibility afforded by in-person class sessions two to three nights a week at the HUB in Pioneer Square. Additional electives may require on-line classes one night a week and one Saturday a month at IslandWood. This program welcomes and encourages International students to apply.

Orientation

Before starting classes, Metro students are required to attend an orientation at our Pioneer Square location or at IslandWood. Orientation includes a welcome of new students in an Opening Circle, introductions, team-building exercises, first course introduction and overview.

The Classroom

Most class sessions for the MBA in Sustainable Business program are held at our Seattle learning site, located in the HUB at 220 Second Avenue South, in Pioneer Square. While the emphasis is on evening classes to accommodate working individuals, there is also an opportunity for electives in the “Hybrid” program at IslandWood.

 

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