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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the application due dates?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We are currently accepting and reviewing applications for Fall 2014. We recommend that you submit your application early to be eligible for scholarship awards.

What are the steps to apply to the MBA and MPA programs?
The first step in the admissions process is to submit your application. Candidates should submit application materials directly to Presidio Graduate School for review. Detailed instructions and application requirements can be found in the Application Instructions.

How are the degree programs structured?
The MBA and MPA are both composed of a 60-credit curriculum with 15 required courses and 1 elective. The programs combine the effectiveness of face-to-face learning with the flexibility of interactive distance-learning opportunities. Students have as much classroom time as a traditional MBA or MPA program. However, Presidio brings an additional level of value through a robust online component that develops essential management skills and facilitates virtual collaboration among students.

What is the difference between the full-time and part-time degree programs?
Full and part-time students take the same core courses. Full-time students are enrolled in four classes (15 credits) each semester, and complete the program in two years. Part-time students take two classes (alternating between seven or eight credits) each semester, and normally finish the program in four years.

How do class schedules typically work?
Students meet for eight-hour days during residency weekends, which occur just once a month. Classes are held Thursday – Sunday for full-time students and Saturday – Sunday for part-time students. One class is held per day and runs for a full day, each day.

In addition, every residency students and faculty are invited to a short program and community event hosted by the school.


Where are MBA and MPA classes held?
Classes are held at 1 Beach Street in downtown San Francisco.

Do you offer a dual degree? Is there a different process for this application?
Presidio Graduate School offers students the ability to earn a dual MBA/MPA degree in sustainable management in both business and public administration.

The dual degree is a 90-credit program of study. Candidates for this program apply first to the MBA or MPA program, and in their second year of study apply for the dual-degree option. The application process remains the same.

Is it possible to work and attend MBA or MPA classes at the same time?
You can, and most of our students do work in some capacity, though the choice is an individual one. For students in the full-time MBA or MPA two-year program, we recommend working on a part-time basis. It is not recommended for full-time students to also work full-time, although some students are able to manage both. For students enrolled in the four-year, part-time program, working full-time is manageable.

How much do the degree programs cost?
For incoming, newly enrolled students, tuition is $1040 per unit. Full-time students pay $31,200 per year (30 credits.) Part-time students can expect to pay $15,600 per year (15 credits). This does not include books or administrative fees.

What types of scholarships and financial aid are available for the degree programs?
Among the scholarships available are the Richard M. Gray Scholarship Fund and merit-based scholarships. In addition, federal financial aid is available through the school's affiliation with Alliant International University.


What does the MBA and MPA student body look like?
Students come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies. While our students come from diverse experiences, they all share the values of sustainability and the desire to create meaningful work.

What is the best way for me to learn more about the MBA and MPA Programs?

Attending an information session and/or going on a class visit gives prospective students the opportunity to experience firsthand our thriving educational community.