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Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in
Social and Sustainable Management (MAM-SSM)


Admission to the MAM-SSM program is selective and depends on the recommendation of the faculty and approval from the associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Business, Government, and Economics.

Phone interviews are held with candidates who pass the initial screening of application materials. If you pass the interview, you are either admitted or placed on a reserve list. Admission to the cohort occurs in rounds and remains open until classes begin, depending on space available. Early Decision applications are due by January 15.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the MAM-SSM program, you must have the following:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, completed by June 15.
  2. Strong academic, reasoning, quantitative, verbal, and writing abilities indicated by your cumulative undergraduate GPA, GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score if required, and achievement in a college-level math course.
  3. Passion and clear personal direction that align with the program's purpose and goals, as indicated by essay responses.
  4. Ability to learn effectively through the program’s approach to learning, including learning and working independently and in teams. You should also explain in your essay your willingness to make an intense time commitment.
  5. Résumé and essay responses indicating you have not yet entered your career, or have not moved far into one. If you have significant post-baccalaureate work experience, you should apply to the MBA program.

Applicants must submit all of the following:

  1. Application and $50 application processing fee.
  2. Current rèsumè.
  3. Official transcript from undergraduate colleges or universities attended. If you’re still in school, you must submit a current transcript to be followed by a final, official transcript after graduation.
  4. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above, the GMAT/GRE requirement is waived. For the GMAT, the SPU school code is C9FD273. For the GRE, the SPU school code is 4694.
  5. Responses to the essay questions in the application. These responses will weigh heavily in consideration of your application.

International Student Applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit:

  1. Scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Scores above 92 on the iBT version are preferred. (Note: PTE, TOEIC, or IELTS scores may be submitted in substitution). Applicants who have completed all of their undergraduate studies at an English-speaking college or university are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  2. English translation of an evaluation of any non-U.S. undergraduate transcript (course-by-course) by a professional credential evaluation service such as: WES - World Education Services or FIS - Translation and Foreign Credential Evaluation Services, or AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. In addition to the evaluation report, all official transcripts must be submitted (in English). The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with this service.
  3. Applicants who would be attending on F-1 Visa status must also submit an official financial statement reflecting financial support equivalent to the costs of the year of graduate study.  Complete the Declaration of International Student Finances form (PDF) and send it to the address listed on the form, along with an original bank statement and copy of your passport (front and back).

Program Contact

Vicki Eveland

Program Director, MAM-SSM

Phone: 206-281-2088
Office: McKenna Hall 211

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For answers to your questions, or for a pre-admissions advising appointment, contact Vicki Eveland at 206-281-2088, or