Pinchot students learn through doing. All our programs incorporate a balanced mix of theory and strategy, instruction and practice, idea generation and concrete tools. Learners explore how to make change within existing organizations, as well as develop new ventures, and then actually do it through a variety of in-class exercises and industry-based learning.
The MBA in Sustainable Systems, also known as the “Hybrid program,” offers both a unique curriculum and a unique low residency format, combining monthly weekend “intensives” with distance learning. Students and faculty meet nine times each year for four-day intensives (mid-day Thursday through mid-day Sunday) at IslandWood, a 250-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 and Canada to participate in the Hybrid MBA program while continuing to live and work in their home communities.
The first year begins with COR 510: Capitalism in Context, providing a systemic and historical context for our work together. Next, we look at the traditional business disciplines of strategy, marketing and operations in COR 520: Values and Value Creation. At the end of the first year, we look at COR 530: Means and Measures for financing a business, accounting for its progress and measuring success against a triple bottom line.
The second year of the program is built around a year-long action learning practicum and a set of elective options. 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 Cortes Island in creativity and innovation and elective courses in finance, sustainable energy, green building or sustainable food and agriculture.
Throughout the two years of the program, learners engage in a series of Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) courses that allow for personal reflection, curriculum integration and the development of the leadership skills to lead their organizations to a sustainable future.
Upon joining Pinchot University, students become members of a global professional network. The Pinchot University community includes academic leaders, industry innovators, students and alumni who provide a continuing source of knowledge, experience and inspiration, working together to change business for good.
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International Student Requirements:
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). Minimum TOEFL iBT Total Score Requirement: 90. Minimum TOEFL PBT Total Score Requirement: 600. International applicants with extensive work experience or previous study in the U.S. may request to have the TOEFL requirement waived. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. BGI’s institution code is 1924.