“At PGS, instead of learning how it was done in the past, I learned to create how it will be done in the future.” ~Libby Johnson McKee, MBA (C9), Director, Amazon.com

On the island, we put our values into action, from breakfast to bedtime.

Please note: Due to the hybrid (blended online/monthly in-person courses) course structure, this program is not open for international students requiring a student visa. Please look at our MBA in Sustainable Business, Seattle Metro program if a student visa is required.

MBA in Sustainable Systems. A short ferry ride from Seattle, IslandWood is what summer camp wants to be when it grows up – a regenerative retreat once a month in a LEED Gold campus nestled in a 255-acre wonderland of forests, ponds, bogs and tree houses. IslandWood’s talented kitchen staff churns out delicious meals with a dedication to local, organic, seasonal food that enriches the earth. IslandWood stands at the brink of a closed-loop system; beautiful, thoughtfully designed buildings provide a case study in sustainability. The perfect setting to tackle the world’s wicked problems.

The Seattle Hybrid MBA program offers an integrated MBA curriculum with a track focused on Sustainable Systems. The Seattle Hybrid MBA program is delivered through a low residency format that combines monthly “residencies” with weekly virtual discussions and team projects.

The Seattle Hybrid MBA program features an integrated core curriculum in the first year, with options for electives and specialization in the second year.

The first year begins with Capitalism in Context, providing a systemic and historical context for our work together. Next, in Values and Value Creation, we focus on the traditional business disciplines of strategy, marketing, and operations. In the final months of the first year, we look at the 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 creativity and innovation, and elective courses in cooperative management, sustainable energy, or sustainable food and agricultural systems.

Throughout the two years of the program, students engage in a series of Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) courses. LPD courses allow for personal reflection, curriculum integration and development of the leadership skills to lead their organizations to a sustainable future.

Year 1, Fall

  • COR6510: Capitalism in Context (13 credits)
  • LPD6511: Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) I (2 credits)

Year 1, Spring

  • COR6520: Values and Value Creation (13 credits)
  • LPD6512: Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) II (2 credits)

Year 1, Summer

Students may take optional summer elective courses that can count towards their credit requirements for the second year of the program or take advantage of the time off with internships and fellowships to deepen their experience.

Year 2, Fall

  • ALP6551: Action Learning Practicum (ALP) I (5 credits)
  • FIN6561: Managerial Finance (4 credits)
  • LPD6513: Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) III (2 credits)
  • Elective I (4 credits)

Year 2, Spring

  • ALP6552: Action Learning Practicum (ALP) II (5 credits)
  • MGT6578: Organizational Systems and Change (4 credits)
  • LPD6514: Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) IV (2 credits)
  • Elective II (4 credits)


Students may receive a Certificate in Cooperative Management by completing selective courses along with an approved focused project as part of the required Action Learning Practicum sequence.

Alternatively, students may choose a combination of electives to satisfy elective credit requirements.

Please note that electives listed below may not all be offered in all years, and additional electives may be offered and defined closer to the year in which they are offered.

Cooperative Management

  • Introduction to the Cooperative Sector
  • Governance and Finance in the Cooperative Sector
  • Managing the Cooperative Enterprise
  • Cooperative Practicum/ International Cooperative Field Study

Other Electives

  • Dal LaMagna Series on Responsible Capitalism: International Study Tour
  • Creativity & Innovation
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