Our world is increasingly defined by our shared destiny.

At PGS we are dedicated to forging new paths to ensure a future where people, planet, and prosperity are united – sustainably.

Presidio Graduate School is the antidote to the traditional graduate school. The collective intelligence and energy of our community and our mutually-supportive network enable us to develop insightful, dedicated leaders who drive industry breakthroughs and advance sustainability across the globe.

We are an accredited, nonprofit offering several unique degree programs — Three MBAs, the only sustainable MPA, and the only Dual MBA/MPA — as well as several certificates, all taught with our systems-thinking methodology at the core. The premise we adhere to is that private enterprise, the public sector, commerce and the common good, all must to work through their differences as companions and collaborators, not competitors.

Our flexible hybrid programs based in San Francisco or Seattle ensure that location and lifestyle aren’t an obstacle to pursuing a career with meaning. Rounded out by our weekly in-person Metro program, our full and part-time degrees and certificate programs meet almost any needs. 

Our History

In 2003, PGS was a pioneer in the field of sustainable management education with an initial class of 22 MBA students, a handful of faculty, and vision that integrated systems thinking and sustainability with pragmatic business skills. The school’s initial driving forces were Richard M. Gray and Steven Swig. PGS’s programs met with early success, as graduates from these early classes founded companies including Conscious Company MagazineTriplePundit, EOS Climate, and EcoHome Improvement.

In 2009, PGS offered its first MPA in Sustainable Management as an expression of the need for systems level, intersectoral problem solving that reaches public administration to remedy our most pressing sustainability challenges. In 2011, in response to student interest, PGS began offering a MBA/MPA Dual Degree. That year, Presidio also started its center for professional education, PresidioPRO, for professionals seeking new skills.

Until 2014, PGS programs were accredited in partnership with Alliant International University. In June 2014, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted PGS independent accreditation.

In 2016, Presidio Graduate School acquired Pinchot University (previously Bainbridge Graduate School/BGI). Starting in 2002, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) offered the nation’s first MBA in Sustainable Business with the focus of developing business solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. Since then, more than 1,600 change agents from both schools, have created a networked community like no other, with an 82% job placement within three months of graduation.

Today, we are larger than ever with a far broader reach and an online program planned for fall 2017. PGS has built an accomplished team of faculty and staff, an outstanding board of directors, and a reputation for being at the forefront of the sustainability education field.

The best indication of our history — who we are and what we’ve done — is embodied in our nearly 1,600+ alumni, and what they have gone on to do.

Presidio Graduate School is Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the same agency under which other prestigious California and western U.S. schools are accredited such as Stanford, USC and UCLA.


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