San Francisco is the world’s foundry for sustainability innovation across sectors – private and public. From organic and natural products to clean and green tech, from zero waste ventures to carbon markets, governments, companies, and non-governmental organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area form a unique intellectual hub producing policy ideas, products, and models for doing business that are emulated worldwide. Attending Presidio Graduate School puts you at the center.
Each semester, students gather for two to four days a month (depending on whether they are full or part-time), where they engage in concentrated classroom time. And informal hallway conversations, breaks in the sun, student club meetings, evening community events, and lunches spent catching up with friends. Classes are much more than lectures; they are breakout sessions, presentations and lively discussion affording the chance for students to get to know each other and collaborate.
Low-residency programs combine the energy and interaction of face-to-face learning with the convenience of online learning. Students engage in monthly intensive in-person classroom instruction and collaborative learning in a hybrid format that allows for maximum efficiency and networking with faculty and classmates.
When not attending class in-person, students meet and work together virtually through the Presidio Graduate School’s online instructional platform. This serves as a virtual classroom portal where students have access to all assignments, participate in forum discussions, conduct team-based projects, download resources and submit assignments for feedback. Our students work on many team projects, which require regular meetings—conducted either in-person or virtually—and provide the chance to develop close working relationships and friendships.
PGS also utilizes several other distance-learning resources to enhance educational outcomes, such as webinars and teleconference services. While our students consistently tell us that they value the flexibility, PGS is far from a wholly virtual experience. Days when students come together, are rich with ideas, spending time with friends and creating new professional ties. Classroom learning provides a foundation that enables the off-site elements of the program to further enhance the sense of community that is the hallmark of a PGS education.