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|Presidio Graduate School|
|President||William (Bill) Shutkin|
|Location||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Former names||Presidio School of Management, Presidio World College|
|Affiliations||Alliant International University|
Presidio Graduate School is a higher-education institution based in San Francisco, California, offering graduate level programs in sustainable management, including those for MBA, MPA, and Executive Education. Previously known as Presidio World College and Presidio School of Management, Presidio Graduate School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through its affiliation with Alliant International University.
Presidio is one of the first graduate institutions to focus on sustainable management. The school was founded in 2003 with an MBA class of 22 students and has since grown to include over 750 students and graduates.
Mission and philosophy
Presidio Graduate School educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. Through innovative professional degree, executive certificate and research programs, Presidio activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.
MBA in Sustainable Management: The MBA is a 60-credit curriculum with 16 required courses. The program combines the effectiveness of face-to-face learning with the benefit of interactive distance-learning opportunities. Full-time (2 years) and part-time (4 years).
MPA in Sustainable Management: The MPA is a 60-credit curriculum with 16 required courses. The program combines the effectiveness of face-to-face learning with the benefit of interactive distance-learning opportunities. Full-time (2 years) and part-time (4 years).
Executive Education in Sustainable Management: The Executive Program is five-months long and designed for mid- to senior-level managers. Students meet two days per month in San Francisco or Boston and engage online in between sessions.
Profile of the Institution
- Sustainability integrated into every course
- Curriculum grounded in experiential learning that gives students the chance to work with companies as part of their coursework
- Curriculum is based on leadership and systems thinking in addition to the foundational courses of business and public administration
Students, graduates, and faculty
Presidio graduates are working with companies in a variety of industries, municipalities, and NGOs, helping lead their efforts to be more socially and environmentally responsible. Employers include: Accenture, ClimateCHECK, the cities of Berkeley and Mountain View, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Goodwill Industries, Mattel, NBC, PETA, Sundance Channel, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and Wake Forest University. Simran Sethi, a journalist who has hosted and appeared on programs produced by the BBC, Martha Stewart, NBC, NPR, Sundance Channel’s The Green, Oprah, and PBS, is a graduate of Presidio Graduate School. Many alumni have started entrepreneurial ventures that offer unique sustainability solutions.
Presidio faculty includes recognized, award-winning sustainability thought leaders such as Peter Warshall, and Andrew Hoffman, as well as academics, business practitioners, and published authors who have worked for and advised Fortune 500 companies, leading NGOs, and governments from around the world.
Presidio Graduate School has been featured in news outlets including BusinessWeek, E - The Environmental Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, GreenBiz, Marin Independent Journal, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Outside Magazine, Reuters, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Chronicle newspaper and magazine, San Francisco Examiner, Sierra Magazine, GreenBiz and Sustainable Industries.
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