The Seattle Metro MBA offers our MBA curriculum with a track focused on Sustainable Business. Most classes in the Metro MBA program meet in the historic Masins Building, a beautiful Pioneer Square building which also houses Social Venture Partners and Impact Hub Seattle, a co-working space for social entrepreneurs.

The Metro MBA curriculum covers traditional business fundamentals—economics, accounting, finance, marketing, operations and strategy—all through the lens of sustainability. Students learn conventional and non-conventional theory, while working in teams on real-world applied projects in virtually every class. As a capstone sequence, students undertake a project in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship. In the second year of the program, students also have a number of elective options, including study abroad, a residential program on creativity and innovation, concentrations in sustainable energy, sustainable food and agricultural systems, cooperative management or deeper engagement in organizational leadership through the ALP course sequence in the Seattle Hybrid MBA program.

Students typically complete the program in 24 to 27 months, including summer terms.

Courses are conducted chiefly in person in weekly evening classes, with distance learning technology used as an additional resource where helpful for course management and inclusion of guest speakers. Students can also expect to take hybrid-format elective courses along with the Hybrid MBA students.

A two-year course on Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) rounds out the curriculum by helping students develop the leadership skills necessary to lead their organizations to a sustainable future.

The recommended course sequence for the Seattle Metro MBA Program:

Year 1, Fall Term

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Leadership and Personal Development

Year 1, Spring Term

  • Principles of Economics
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Leadership and Personal Development

Year 1, Summer Term

  • Managerial Finance
  • Systems Thinking in Action
  • Leadership and Personal Development


Year 2, Fall Term

  • Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship I
  • Social Justice and Business
  • Elective I
  • Leadership and Personal Development

Year 2, Spring Term

  • Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship II
  • Operations Management
  • Elective II
  • Leadership and Personal Development

Year 2, Summer Term

Business Modeling and Decision Analysis

Strategy and Implementation


Concentrations & Electives

Students complete two elective courses as part of the Seattle Metro MBA program.

  • They may receive a Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions by completing Sustainable Energy Solutions elective courses along with an approved energy-focused project as part of the required Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship sequence.
  • They may receive a Certificate in Cooperative Management by completing Cooperative Management elective courses along with an approved cooperative-focused project as part of the required Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship sequence.
  • They may receive a Certificate in Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems by completing Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems elective courses along with an approved food and/or agriculture-focused project as part of the required Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship sequence.
  • They may elect to participate in the Action Learning Practicum: Organizational Leadership track within the Hybrid MBA program (required for Hybrid MBA students, elective for Metro MBA students).

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

  • Understanding the Context for Change
  • Identifying Opportunities
  • Creating New Ventures
  • Action Learning Practicum

Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems

  • The World Must Be Fed
  • Identifying Opportunities
  • Creating New Ventures
  • Action Learning Practicum

Cooperative Management

  • Introduction to the Cooperative Sector
  • Governance and Finance in the Cooperative Sector
  • Managing the Cooperative Enterprise
  • Cooperative Practicum
  • International Cooperative Field Study

Other Electives

  • Dal LaMagna Series on Responsible Capitalism: International Study Tour
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Business Solutions to Poverty
  • Social Justice and Business
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