San Francisco or Seattle
Our Hybrid programs in San Francisco and Seattle provide a learning environment that is a unique combination of on-site and online education. We have created a fun and effective way to learn that uses technology to its very best advantage and is perfectly suited to a variety of lifestyles.
On the island, we put our values into action, from breakfast to bedtime. IslandWood’s talented kitchen staff churns out delicious meals with a dedication to local, organic, seasonal food that enriches the earth. IslandWood stands at the brink of a closed-loop system; beautiful, thoughtfully designed buildings provide provide a case study in sustainability.
Bainbridge Island, WA - IslandWood
IslandWood, on the Puget Sound’s Bainbridge Island, hosts the monthly learning-in-residence weekends for PGS Seattle’s MBA in Sustainable Systems. A short ferry ride from Seattle, IslandWood is what summer camp wants to be when it grows up – a regenerative retreat in a LEED Gold campus nestled in a 255-acre wonderland of forests, ponds, bogs and tree houses.
Our location within Presidio National Park is also a part of our strategic vision and commitment to sustainability. A global center for addressing the world's most critical environmental, cultural and social challenges, the park functions as a living laboratory of more than 200 organizations focused on issues of social justice, community development, public health, and environmental stewardship.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is the world’s foundry for private and public sector innovation. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful and stimulating cities in the world. True to its legacy, California is sustainability’s home for intellectual capital. From organic and natural products to clean and green tech, from zero waste ventures to carbon markets, Bay Area companies and organizations innovate across all areas of business and policy and are emulated worldwide.
Pioneer Square is Seattle’s first neighborhood - at once its most historic district and its most vibrant urban center. Home to Renaissance Revival architecture, First Thursday art walks, delicious lunch spots, and quirky boutiques, Pioneer Square houses both long-established businesses and some of Seattle’s leading startups. Historic buildings like the iconic Smith Tower rubs shoulders with cutting edge contemporary architecture. Just steps from Seattle’s ferry terminal, King Street Train Station and the Seattle Transit Tunnel’s Link light rail station, Pioneer Square is the transit hub of the Northwest.
Seattle, WA - Impact Hub
PGS Seattle shares the Masins building in Pioneer Square with our friends Social Venture Partners and Impact Hub. This four-story, 29,000-square-foot space holds Seattle’s largest concentration of entrepreneurs, social impact investors and, of course, leading-edge education. The gorgeous brick and old-growth timber building is a hive of creativity and innovation where doing good means business, what matters makes money, and ideas that have an impact.
Each semester, students gather for two to four days a month (depending on whether they are full or part-time) in San Francisco or Seattle, 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.
Hybrid 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.