Monthly in-person instruction at the beautiful IslandWood campus on Bainbridge Island, combined with distance learning.
The Seattle Hybrid MBA program offers the MBA curriculum with a track focused on Sustainable Systems. The Seattle Hybrid MBA program is delivered through a low residency format that combines monthly “intensives” with distance learning.
Students and faculty meet 10 times each year for monthly four-day intensives (mid-day Thursday through mid-day Sunday) at IslandWood. IslandWood is a 255-acre LEED Gold environmental education center on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Between monthly intensives, students attend class online and engage with faculty, guest speakers and each other through multiple distance learning technologies. This design allows students from across the United States to participate in the Hybrid MBA program while continuing to live and work in their home communities.
Next, we focus on the traditional business disciplines of strategy, marketing and operations in Values and Value Creation. In the final months of the first year, we look at the Means and Measures for financing a business, accounting for its progress and measuring success against a triple bottom line.
Students choose a project in entrepreneurship—resulting in the creation of a viable business plan—or organizational leadership—resulting in the delivery of a resume-building project in organizational engagement. Electives include a student-identified study tour, a residential program on creativity and innovation, and elective courses in cooperative management, sustainable energy, or sustainable food and agricultural systems.
Throughout the two years of the program, students engage in a series of Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) courses. LPD courses allow for personal reflection, curriculum integration and development of the leadership skills to lead their organizations to a sustainable future.
Capitalism in Context: Economics for People and Planet, and Value Creation: Business Models for the 21st Century – Leadership and Personal Development
Students may take optional summer elective courses that can count towards their credit requirements for the second year of the program.
Students complete two elective courses as part of the Seattle Hybrid MBA program.
Students may receive a Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions by completing Sustainable Energy Solutions courses along with an approved energy-focused project as part of the required Action Learning Practicum sequence.
Students may receive a Certificate in Cooperative Management by completing Cooperative Management courses along with an approved cooperative-focused project as part of the required Action Learning Practicum sequence.
Students may receive a Certificate in Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems by completing Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems courses along with an approved food and/or agriculture-focused project as part of the required Action Learning Practicum sequence.
Alternatively, students may choose a combination of electives to satisfy elective credit requirements.
Please note that electives listed below may not all be offered in all years, and additional electives may be offered and defined closer to the year in which they are offered.
Sustainable Energy Solutions
Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems
“At PGS, instead of learning how it was done in the past, I learned to create how it will be done in the future.”
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. 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.