Business is society’s most powerful institution. It’s also the means to bring about meaningful change.

Hoby Douglass
Hoby Douglass, MBA Cohort 7

Below are a number of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us directly!

How do your Sustainable MBA programs compare to a more traditional MBA curriculum?

Pinchot University’s 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.

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!

What is Pinchot University’s retention rate?

For the 2014-15 academic year, Pinchot University’s overall retention rate was 93%, among the highest in the country.

What is Pinchot University’s placement rate?

Pinchot University’s average overall placement rate for the past three years is 83%, and 80% in 2014-2015. Average placement for the past three years for MBA graduates is 84%, and 81% in 2014-2015.

Pinchot graduates are highly engaged in their fields and are excited about taking on the great challenges in the world. Our emphasis on career development, the expansion of real-world skills, and extensive network are why we have an average job placement rate of 83 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.

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.

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.

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.

What are Pinchot University’s Gainful Employment Disclosures?

In accordance with federal regulations, Pinchot University reports certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs).  These regulations also provide that institutions must disclose certain information about the institution’s GE Programs. Information for each GE program at Pinchot is provided below and in the Pinchot University – Gainful Employment Disclosure 2014.

Certificate in Sustainable Energy Solutions:

  • Program Costs, 2015-2016: Tuition & Fees $4920; books and supplies $800; room and board $330
  • Program Length: 12 months (4 academic quarters)
  • Job Placement Rate, 2013-2014: 100%
  • Financing: Quarterly payment plans; federal student loans; and/or private student loans

Certificate in Cooperative Management:

  • Program Costs, 2015-2016: Tuition & Fees $2496; books and supplies $300; room and board not offered for this program
  • Program Length: 12 months (4 academic quarters)
  • Job Placement Rate: not yet available (new program as of Winter 2016)
  • Financing: Quarterly payment plans; federal student loans; and/or private student loans

Certificate in Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems:

  • Please note that Pinchot University is not currently offering the Certificate in Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems due to low enrollment. Pinchot plans to offer the program again in 2016-2017, pending increased interest.
  • Program Length: 12 months (4 academic quarters)
  • Job Placement Rate, 2013-2014: 100%
  • Financing: Quarterly payment plans; federal student loans; and/or private student loans

Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment:

  • Please note that Pinchot University is not currently offering the Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment due to low enrollment. Pinchot may offer the program again in the future, pending increased interest.
  • Program Length: 12 months (4 academic quarters)
  • Job Placement Rate, 2013-2014: 100%
  • Financing: Quarterly payment plans; federal student loans; and/or private student loans

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.

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.

Melissa Buttin
Pinchot is where I found creative inspiration and energy to deliver real change for my clients.

Melissa Buttin
MBA Cohort 8
Marketing Manager, Herrera Environmental Consultants

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