Pinchot Admissions

Pinchot’s commitment to our values makes this a one-of-a-kind place for your graduate education. Among the many benefits of attending Pinchot, alumni and community tout our devotion to applied learning, emerging sustainable business practices, leadership and self mastery. Above all else, we’re committed to our ever-growing network of leaders.

Pinchot is for intellectually curious students who are seeking a transformative experience. As a Pinchot student, you will join a rich community of leaders who will challenge and support you as you complete the rigorous program which best suits you and your career goals.

Talent in business, systems thinking, and leadership cannot be narrowly defined. Our admissions process is designed for applicants to bring their academic background, professional experience and personal passions to light. Year after year, this process has yielded an inspiring, engaged group of learners for our MBA and Certificate programs.

We’re eager to get to know our applicants, and encourage you to contact us or plan a visit to an upcoming event.

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Pinchot University Admissions FAQ

How do your Sustainable MBA programs compare to a more traditional MBA curriculum?
Pinchot MBA programs cover the core business curriculum found at any business school. Pinchot MBA students complete rigorous coursework in finance, operations, accounting, strategy and the like, courses you will see offered in other MBA programs. However, the Pinchot MBA infuses sustainability fully in every discipline and course. Our learners work to understand and work within traditional business models while studying emerging trends and creating new ones. Curriculum in entrepreneurship, sustainable industries and our specialized Leadership & Personal Development track help students take their personal and professional leadership skills to the next level and define their future. Our MBA students graduate from Pinchot prepared to change business for good.
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How do I choose between the MBA in Sustainable Systems and the MBA in Sustainable Business?
Good question! Pinchot University offers two MBA programs focused on sustainable business, and you have the choice of which is your preferred program based on your schedule, learning style, interests and more. We are here to help facilitate your decision and research regarding which program is the best fit. We invite you to set up a time to talk with an admissions officer to learn about the MBA curricula, locations and logistics, as well as visit a class and talk with current students and alumni of each MBA program as you learn more. Contact us and we’ll help!
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What is the community and network like between students in the MBA in Sustainable Systems (Hybrid) and MBA in Sustainable Business (Metro) programs?
Students in all Pinchot programs have many opportunities to engage with one another in and out of the classroom. Many of our faculty teach in both MBA programs, offering many in-class opportunities for our students to collaborate and connect. Students in the MBA in Sustainable Business (Metro) can choose to take electives in the MBA in Sustainable Systems (Hybrid) program, and vice versa. For example, our classes in sustainable industry concentrations, such as Sustainable Energy Solutions, are taught primarily in the hybrid format at IslandWood during our Systems MBA intensive weekends. Many MBA in Sustainable Business students participate in those courses.

Outside of class, Pinchot hosts many networking opportunities for students in the MBA programs, including Net Impact, a student run organization focused on making connections that inspire transformational change. Our students have Impact HUB memberships at the connect level as well providing countless opportunities to build networks, colleagues, and friendships across programs.
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What is the average completion time for your programs?
On average, it takes students two years to graduate from Pinchot. Our MBA in Sustainable Systems is a two year commitment. The MBA in Sustainable Business offers flexibility for full- or part-time education, which means that completion times may vary. On average, MBA in Sustainable Business students complete in nine quarters/27 months.
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When can I start?
Our MBA in Sustainable Systems program operates on a cohort model, and classes start once each year in the fall. Pinchot’s MBA in Sustainable Business begins on a quarterly basis. Applications for fall, winter, spring and summer quarters are welcome.
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I’m an adult with a full time job and active family/social life. Do I have time for Pinchot University?
Yes, and Pinchot’s programs are designed for learners like you. The majority of our students work while earning their master’s degree. In addition, our curriculum is focused on tangible skills and tools that you can apply to your work and daily life. We practice adult learning theory and use the flipped classroom model to make sure class time is engaging, relevant and dynamic.
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I don’t have a business or leadership background. Can I apply to Pinchot University?
Yes – and we encourage it. Pinchot University has no predetermined expectation for your background or work experience. Instead, we look for incoming students who have a wide variety of educational backgrounds and work experiences, and this comprises a diverse community of learners – one of the strengths of the Pinchot learning community. Our most important admission criterion is demonstrated potential for leadership. We attract high-potential people with the ability to use management skills to move the world toward a more sustainable future, regardless of where they are now or want to work later.
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What is the average age of Pinchot University students?
In Fall 2014, the average age for students in Pinchot’s MBA programs was 34. Across all programs, students at Pinchot range in age from 22 to 63.
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What is Pinchot University’s retention rate?
For the 2013-14 academic year, overall retention was 96%, rating Pinchot University among the highest in the country.
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What is Pinchot University’s placement rate?
Pinchot University graduates are highly engaged in their fields and are excited about taking on the great challenges in the world. Our emphasis on career development, development of real-world skills, and extensive network are why we have a job placement rate of 82 percent just three months after graduation, which is on par with the Ivy League. 78 percent of Pinchot alumni are executives, directors, managers or entrepreneurs – in fact we’re proud that 1 in 5 MBA alumni from Pinchot are entrepreneurs. Our graduates are using their degrees to impact change in businesses and organizations around the world.
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What are your career services & placement opportunities for current students and alumni?
Pinchot takes an integrated team approach to career services. The career services team is comprised of a variety of staff members including the Career Services Advisor, Director of Academic & Student Services, Dean and the Director of Alumni Engagement. This team approach services students career needs meeting students where they are in their career exploration and development and addressing student needs comprehensively and with expert guidance.
While many career service aspects are interwoven into the academic classes themselves as learning opportunities and action learning projects, our team works with students on all aspects of career advisement from updating your LinkedIn profile, to resume review, to setting up an informational interview with an alumni in your industry.  We host workshops and one-on-one advising sessions (virtual or in person) all in an effort to help with career placement. We host an annual career fair inviting companies such as Amazon, T-Mobile, Puget Sound Energy, Microsoft and many more.
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After I apply, how soon will I receive notification of admission decision?
Pinchot University has early, regular and rolling admissions to our programs. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once your application is complete, we will invite you to schedule an admissions interview with the Dean. After your interview, you’ll receive an admissions decision within 1 to 2 weeks.
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What can I expect from an admissions interview?
The interview with the Dean is more of a conversation than a formal interview. You should be prepared to talk about your goals, interests, and motivation for graduate studies. Interviews are approximately 1 hour.
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Is Pinchot University accredited?
Yes! Pinchot University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). In addition, Pinchot University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Pinchot University to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
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Does Pinchot University accept transfer credits from other graduate degree programs?
Students must earn 60 quarter credits to earn an MBA from Pinchot University.  Of the 60 required credits, 42 must be earned at Pinchot. Please contact us to discuss the process of transferring credits so that we can review your transcripts. There is no guarantee that you will receive transfer credits; however, we will work with you so that you are clear on your options.
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Does Pinchot University accept international students?
Pinchot University recognizes the value of having a diverse and international student body. Pinchot is currently authorized to grant I-20 forms to eligible non-immigrant foreign students for the MBA in Sustainable Business, which may qualify those students for “Academic Student” (F) visa status. Prior to receiving an I-20 form, international students must submit a Declaration of Finances which certifies that they have sufficient funds to cover a full year of expenses, including tuition and living expenses, to enroll in the MBA program.

The MBA in Sustainable Systems and Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions programs do not currently qualify an individual for “Academic Student” (F) status.

The U.S. government allows many foreign nationals to enroll in academic programs such as those offered by Pinchot if admitted to the U.S. for purposes other than solely for education. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, temporary residents, asylees, refugees and certain nonimmigrants (such as those in E-1, E-2, E-3, H, J-2, L, TD or TN status) are encouraged to apply.

Pinchot does not make any representation as to admissibility to the U.S. or eligibility to attend Pinchot programs for non-immigrants. It is the student’s responsibility to resolve these issues.
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