The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Saint Martin's University is designed for working professionals like you. Because we are attuned to your need for flexibility, we offer evening courses year-round. 

Program highlights

The MBA curriculum is adaptable to recent graduates with professional experience. Students will emerge with analysis and skills tailored to their professional objectives. 

Additional benefits include:

  • Faculty have real-world experience in the subjects they teach.
  • Classes are offered in late afternoon or evening to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • The program operates on a five-term-per-year schedule. This enables students to complete the required coursework (assuming no prerequisites are required) in just over one year if they are taking two classes per term. However, most students complete the degree in 18 to 24 months.
  • Saint Martin's also offers a finance and accounting concentration that enables students with an undergraduate accounting degree to receive an MBA and have sufficient academic credit to sit for the Certified Public Account (CPA) examination.
  • Saint Martin's also has business-focused study abroad opportunities in Europe and Asia.

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  • Rolling admission and priority deadlines

    The MBA program operates on a five-term-per-year schedule. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships, applications should be submitted by the priority deadline of the desired session.

    Priority deadlines

    • Fall 10 (August – October) -- July 15
    • Fall 11 (October – December) -- September 1
    • Spring 10 (January – March) -- December 1
    • Spring 11 (March – May) -- February 1
    • Summer (May – August) -- April 15
  • Research and internships
    • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internship opportunities
    • Study abroad opportunities tied specifically to business curriculum in countries such as Germany, South Korea and Japan
    • 35-40% of students are offered a job at their internship site


Candidates for the MBA degree must complete 36 total semester hours (12 courses). This consists of 27 semester hours (nine courses) of core work and nine semester hours (three courses) of elective work.

  • Prerequisites courses (0-15 semester hours)

    MBA 500 courses listed below are for applicants without an undergraduate background in these areas. They do not count toward the awarding of the MBA degree.

    However, prospective MBA students must have completed either these courses or their equivalent undergraduate courses prior to taking the core courses for which these courses are prerequisites.

    • MBA 500 Survey of Economics
    • MBA 501 Survey of Accounting Systems
    • MBA 502 Survey of Finance
    • MBA 503 Survey of Management and Marketing
    • MBA 504 Quantitative Methods for Management 
  • Core courses (27 semester hours)
    • MBA 601 Organization Theory and Behavior
    • MBA 602 Financial Planning and Control
    • MBA 603 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making
    • MBA 605 Business Analytics
    • MBA 622 Marketing Management
    • MBA 624 Human Resources Management
    • MBA 631 Operations Management
    • MBA 650 Strategy and Policy Analysis
    • MBA 661 Commercial Law
  • Elective courses (9 semester hours)

    MBA students are required to take at least nine semester hours of elective courses. Students not pursuing the finance and accounting concentration can choose any three courses listed below provided the prerequisites have been satisfied.  

    The MBA Program allows students to take nine semester hours of elective courses at participating international partner universities in Europe and Asia. Participation in study abroad opportunities is limited and subject to a selection process.

    • MBA 620 Financial Institutions and Markets
    • MBA 623 Management Information and Control Systems
    • MBA 625 International Management
    • MBA 626 Consumer Behavior
    • MBA 627 Managerial Communications
    • MBA 628 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
    • MBA 630 Entrepreneurship
    • MBA 635 Risk Management
    • MBA 640 Project Management
    • MBA 665 Business Ethics and Society
    • MBA 670 Leadership and Change
    • MBA 695 Special Topics

    Finance and accounting concentration students must choose any three of the following elective courses. 

    • MBA 628 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
    • MBA 662 Fraud Examination
    • MBA 663 Accounting Measurement and Disclosure
    • MBA 664 Financial Statement Analysis for Decision Making and Valuation
    • MBA 667 Internal Audit

Financial aid and scholarships

Scholarships that benefit students seeking their MBA

Peter V. Vale Scholarship

The Peter V. Vale Scholarship was established as a living memorial to Peter V. Vale, supporter, trustee and friend of Saint Martin's University.

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Veteran's receive scholarships to help further their education

Student Veterans scholarship

This national scholarship is open to all student veterans pursuing an MBA degree. Applications are due in January.

Review application materials and apply now

Federal aid helps students to be in the classroom

Federal aid

Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of the USA. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct loans. For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit:

Graduate student teaching a class

Graduate teaching and research assistantships

Saint Martin’s University offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships to graduate students. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 360-412-6142 for more information.


  • Is the program accredited?

    Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The MBA program is accredited with  ACBSP.

  • How long does the program take?

    Most students take six terms (three semesters) to graduate if they take two courses a term. However, this depends on how many prerequisites are required and how many courses a student takes each term. For example, students requiring no prerequisites who start in August 2018 can expect to complete their degrees by December 2019 if they take two courses a term.