Earn your Master’s and build connections with a community of thought leaders who are passionate financial, social, and environmental bottom lines. You can return home with latest in thinking and tools around sustainable business systems.

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Information for International Applicants

As an international applicant, the following information is critical for you to review as you apply and enroll in our MBA in Sustainable Management program. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions and additional information. Please read this information carefully and connect with the Admissions Team with any questions particular to your situation. We look forward to working with you.

Which MBA program can I apply to?

International students are currently only eligible to apply for the MBA in Sustainable Business, our Seattle-based Metro MBA program. The hybrid-format MBA in Sustainable Solutions and our San Francisco hybrid-format MBA and MPA programs are not available to international students who require a student visa.

Campus Locations

Impact Hub – The Impact Hub Seattle is part of a global network of 100+ co-coworking spaces dedicated to social impact entrepreneurs. You’ll have access to a network of thousands of social impact entrepreneurs and small businesses.  When you are not in class, you can leverage the many community events sponsored by the Impact Hub and its partners.

IslandWood – One a month for four days, you’ll be studying at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle.  The natural setting facilitates learning, relationship building, and personal contemplation. IslandWood is nestled with a forest of soaring cedar and fir trees, providing a respite from the bustling city of Seattle.

Important Application Steps

Steps for applying to Presidio Graduate School as an international student:

Please see the United States Department of State website below for more information on student visas and applications.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

International applicants whose baccalaureate degree was not completed in English must provide evidence of English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS).

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT Total Score Requirement: 90. Minimum TOEFL PBT Total Score Requirement: 600.
  • Minimum IELTS band score: 7.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.
  • Presidio Graduate School institution code is 7306.

International applicants with extensive work experience or previous study in the U.S. may be eligible for a waiver and may request to have the English Language Proficiency Requirement waived.

If you think your TOEFL/IELTS exam should be waived, please contact the Admissions Office or your recruiter directly.

Declaration of Finances

In order for PGS to issue the Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019), U.S. immigration policies require Presidio Graduate School to verify the financial resources of all international applicants. International applicants must, therefore, complete and submit accurate information regarding their sources of financial support using the International Student Declaration of Finance Form. Commonly international students have a sponsor such as a relative or spouse who will complete this form for them and be responsible for ensuring payment for the student’s tuition, fees, and living expenses is available.

All documents must be in English or accompanied by an official English translation.

»Download the International Student Declaration of Finances document here

Why do I need to submit the Declaration of Finances?

U.S. immigration policies require that, in order to qualify for a student visa, an international student must have the financial resources available to pay for tuition and fees as well as living expenses for the duration of the program. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, nor are they eligible for working within the U.S. during the duration of the program. Therefore, these financial resources must be documented and verified by a bank or financial institution.

The International Student Declaration of Finances form confirms that the student has the financial means to pay for the tuition, fees, and living expenses associated with enrolling in the MBA in Sustainable Management program at PGS.

Understanding the total costs associated with the MBA program

International students are responsible for the entire cost of the MBA program, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses while residing in the Seattle area, as well as travel and transportation costs. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for most up to date costs. International students are eligible for scholarships.

Understanding the living expenses estimate

Living expenses are based on an estimate for what students will need for room and board and other associated costs while attending school in the U.S. This is just an estimate and the student should consider how much money they will need to live in the Seattle area while attending the program.

Other Considerations

The declaration of finances form does not include costs for travel to and from the U.S. for the program, and it is advised that the student consider these costs during the application process.

Total Estimated Costs

An additional consideration is that the MBA in Sustainable Management program is estimated to be a 24-month, four-semester program. Therefore, ultimately international students must have the finances for the entire duration of the program. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for most up to date costs. Scholarships are available for qualified students.

Where do I submit a completed Declaration of Finances form?

Submit the completed form, with all original documentation and any additional letters or documentation via email to admissions@presidio.edu or by mail to:

International Student Services
Presidio Graduate School
220 2nd Avenue S, Suite 400
Washington 98104

Metro MBA classes are held at:

220 2nd Avenue South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@presidio.edu with further questions.

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International Students are eligible for scholarships

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