Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions:

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Deadlines for Admissions and Scholarship Applications:

Fall Term: Classes begin mid-August, Final Deadline: June 1

Spring Term: Classes begin mid-January, Final Deadline: December 1

1. What are the application round deadlines? 

Please see final deadline dates above and each round deadlines listed on the chart on the Admissions Requirements page

2. What are the steps to apply to the MBA and MPA programs? 

The first step in the admissions process is to start your online application. Detailed instructions and application requirements can be found on the admissions requirements page. 

3. What is the flexible hybrid format? 

Our hybrid format is a combination of monthly in-person classes and weekly virtual classes. Students can choose to attend full time (four courses per term) or part time (two courses per term). By providing both in-person and virtual learning environments, students develop face-to-face communication skills as well as virtual meeting techniques valuable in today’s technology based world. Read more about our flexible hybrid program structure here. 

4. What is the difference between the full-time and part-time degree programs? 

Full and part-time students take the same courses, but they move through the program at a different pace. Full-time students are enrolled in four classes (15 credits) each term. Part-time students take two classes (alternating between seven or eight credits) each term.

5. Once you start the program, can you switch between full-time and part-time status? 

Yes. Full-time students take four classes (15 credits) per term. Part-time students take two classes (seven or eight credits) per term. Part-time students must complete a full year of part-time status before making the switch to full time. This allows part time courses to be offered on Saturday/Sunday each month on alternating terms.

Students may make no more than 2 changes in program status during their time enrolled at PGS. Requests for changes in program status must be submitted to the Registrar no later than six weeks prior to the first day of class. Final decisions regarding requests for changes in program status rest with the Academic Provost.

6. How do class schedules typically work? 

San Francisco Program: Each class meets in-person once per month from 9:00am-5:30pm during residency, one class per day, all students break for an hour lunch each day. Residency occurs over four consecutive days per month (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), typically the second or third week of each month. Each term is five months long. Full-time students are taking four classes and are required to attend classes all four days. Part time students take two classes and are required to attend classes two of the four days, typically Saturday and Sunday. Students are also required to attend weekly evening virtual class sessions, typically Mondays and Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm PST. These weekly classes will combine both San Francisco and Seattle program students.

Seattle Program, Classes are held in-person once per month over a four day residency at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, WA.  Students arrive on Thursday at 1:00 pm and will depart on Sunday at 12:20 pm. Overnight accommodations and freshly prepared meals are provided as part of the facilities fee for all Seattle students. Students of the Seattle program focus on a combined living and learning environment during residencies each month.
Students are also required to attend weekly evening virtual (or in-person at the Seattle HUB location) class sessions, typically Mondays and Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm PST. These weekly classes will combine both San Francisco and Seattle program students.

7. What happens in between the residencies/intensives? How do I stay connected to my professors and my classmates? 

The learning and the community building continues! Course syllabi outline weekly topics of discussion, reading and/or writing assignments, project assignments, webinars, and online collaboration. In addition, professors and teaching assistants are available to meet with students in person or via phone/virtually during office hours. Teams usually meet at least once a week either in person or virtually using our video conference platform, Zoom.

Student-driven activities outside the classroom rival the intensity inside the classroom. From service trips to Chile, to participation in local and international business competitions, our student clubs, our students, and faculty are applying their knowledge and making change happen.

9. Where do students stay during residency? 

Students attending San Francisco programs: Housing is not provided for students attending the San Francisco programs. Monthly classes are held at 1 Beach Street, near Pier 39 and there are many hotels, hostels, or shared housing options available in the area. There may also be the opportunity to stay with classmates who live in the Bay Area.

Students attending Seattle programs: All Seattle students stay at IslandWood during the four day residencies each month. IslandWood is a learning center on Bainbridge Island, WA that fosters environmental stewardship and community development. Housing outside of the four day residency is not provided for students.

10. Where are MBA and MPA classes held? 

Classes in San Francisco are held at 1 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, 94129. We lease classroom space each month from Alliant University which is located across from Pier 39.
Hybrid Classes in Seattle are held at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Seattle Metro weekly classes are held in downtown Seattle at the Impact HUB in Pioneer Square.

11. Do you offer a dual degree? Is there a different process for this application? 

Presidio Graduate School offers students the ability to earn a Dual MBA/MPA degree in sustainable solutions. The Dual Degree is a 90-credit program and integrates both public and private sector sustainability. Candidates for this program should select the Dual MBA/MPA program when completing their online application. Currently the MPA program is only offered in San Francisco, however students can still complete their MBA in Seattle and complete the Dual degree by completing the MPA courses in San Francisco.

12. Is it possible to work and attend MBA or MPA classes at the same time? 

The part time program is designed to accommodate a full-time work schedule. For students in the full-time MBA, MPA or Dual Degree program, we recommend working on a part-time basis. It is not recommended for full-time students to also work full-time, although some students are able to manage both and it really depends on the individual student and how well they can balance their time and commitments.

Full-time students typically have 30-40 hours per week of school work, and part-time students have approximately 15-20 hours per week of school work. Depending on your schedule and commitments, students are encouraged to participate in conferences, workshops and internships that will help you expand your network and gain expertise in your area(s) that you are passionate about. Remember to leave time for sleeping and smiling.

13. How much do the degree programs cost? 

Please refer to the PGS Tuition and Financial Aid pages for most recent tuition and expected costs.

14. What types of scholarships and financial aid are available? 

Presidio Graduate School is proud to offer several scholarship and fellowship options for both new and returning students. Please refer to our Scholarship page for details and application form. To be considered for Financial Aid and/or any of our scholarships you must complete the FAFSA application form with the Department of Education and complete your admissions application.

15. Who is the typical PGS MBA and MPA student? 

Our students are not typical, because we are not a typical school. Students come from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies. While our students come from diverse experiences, they all share the values of sustainability and the desire to create meaningful work.

The average age of our students is 32 years old, with a range from 22 to 65. (although there are no age limits).

Our students come to PGS with a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from finance and business, to history and biology, to environmental studies and political science. There are no degree limitations and our diversity expands from the variety of backgrounds and experiences of all our students.


16. What is the best way for me to learn more about the MBA and MPA Programs? 

Come for a visit or attend our virtual open house.

17. What are the steps to apply to one of the Certificate programs? 

Students interested in our Certificate programs must complete the same application form as degree students. Prerequisite courses may be waived for some certificates, however students must complete all prerequisite courses if they intend to transfer into a degree program.

18. Can the Certificate courses transfer into to the MBA, MPA or Dual Degree program? 

Yes. Many students take a certificate as a way to decide if they want to get a degree and about half decide to either complete a second certificate or transfer into one of our degree programs. Certificate courses are taught with degree students.

19. How much do the Certificate programs cost? 

Certificate costs are based on a per credit basis. Please refer to the Certificates page for more information.

20. Does PGS accept international students? 

Yes. We are happy to accept students from anywhere in the world to our Seattle-based Metro MBA program. Click here to learn more about special requirements for international students.

21. How will this degree further my career? 

One of the most important return on investment (ROI) you will gain from your  MBA/MPA experience at PGS is the network of people who will support you throughout your career. Presidio Graduate School graduates become members into extensive lifelong network; an active and engaged group of entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, analysts, consultants and other professionals who advance their respective industries through sustainable business practices.

Presidio Graduate School offers a graduate degree with a conscience. You can apply for ANY job that requires an MBA and/or MPA, plus you bring more than knowledge, you bring experience and the ability to solve problems with the future in mind.