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.
Our MBA in Sustainable Business, also known as the “Metro program,” offers a weekly, in-person format. Most classes meet in Pioneer Square at the 220 & Change building, which also houses Social Venture Partners and Impact Hub Seattle, a co-working space for social entrepreneurs.
The MBA in Sustainable Business teaches 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 two-quarter project in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship.
In the second year of the program, students have a number of elective options, including study abroad, a residential program on creativity and innovation, concentrations in finance, energy, green building or deeper engagement in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship through the hybrid MBA program. Course schedules vary from weekly evening classes over a ten-week quarter, to more intensive seminar courses that combine evening and weekend class meetings, to hybrid-format elective courses.
Students typically complete the program in about two years (8 or 9 quarters, including summer). Students may be able to complete their MBA more quickly by working with our advisers to plan an accelerated program of available courses, or slow it down to accommodate the life circumstances of working adults. Courses are conducted chiefly in person, with distance learning technology used as an additional resource where helpful for course management and inclusion of guest speakers.
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.
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.