Why Presidio Graduate School?

Sustainability in every course.

We don’t just tack sustainability on as an elective because the direction of the business and public administration depends on it. Each course is taught through a sustainability lens that trains students to view the world in systems – not just words and numbers. An understanding of how everything is connected is a Presidian superpower.

Collaborate your way to the top!

We work hard at creating a true learning community. Our faculty and student peers believe that intractable problems only get solved through mindshare. Class time includes workshop exercises, dyads, quick-fire sessions, dialogue, and lectures.

Work experience is education.

Most of us learn best by practicing and applying what we're taught, not by listening to lectures or simply reading books. Our Experiential Learning program and Applied Learning Practicum has students working on real-world planning projects for real companies making a real impact. This is part of 360-degree academics, the holistic learning experience.

Our Mission

Educate and inspire a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.

Our Vision

By nurturing innate leadership skills in diverse peoples with varying skills and interests, and fostering a supportive network among them, we will activate thousands of professionals across the globe and develop them into leaders who will design, lead, influence, and evolve prosperous enterprises for a sustainable future.

Our Values

These values are infused in everything we do in and out of the classroom.


Students at PGS educate one another, in the classroom and beyond. They challenge each other's assumptions, broaden each other’s range of experience and teach each other to see the world from varied perspectives. This vibrant lifelong network guides alumni through their careers and beyond.


PGS fosters an innovative and driven spirit. Ongoing engagement with key industry leaders as faculty, Change Agents in Residence, guest lecturers and trustees allow us a deeper perspective on leveraging innovation for the common good and prepares learners to design and lead pioneering enterprises, businesses, and organizations.


Creating a better world requires the utmost integrity, courage, and honesty. This is ingrained in our academics, operations, and relationships with students, alumni, faculty, accreditors, board members and the broader community.

Social Justice

Our community is inclusive. We collectively work in pursuit of social justice and the common good. We embrace all forms of diversity in our learners, staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees. Our student-led Diversity & Social Justice Committee continually drives us toward further inclusion.


PGS is deeply committed to ecological and social sustainability, which infuses our pedagogy, curriculum, and community. We prepare our learners to advance sustainability in businesses and organizations. As a leader in higher education, we seek to influence other universities to integrate sustainability into their program design.

Personal Development

While at PGS, learners experience a parallel journey of transformational leadership development and personal growth. Students understand the theory, develop skills and gain the personal mastery needed to be instruments of the change they wish to see in the world.

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The PGS MPA is the only sustainability MPA of its kind - our students are influential across sectors in a way other MPAs simply cannot be. Please note: Due to the hybrid ... [+]

The PGS MPA is the only sustainability MPA of its kind - our students are influential across sectors in a way other MPAs simply cannot be.

The most distinctive aspect of our Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the comprehensive integration of management education with public policy and administration. The cornerstone of our MPA program is our signature “integrated curriculum” designed around three fundamental concepts that together define competence in Sustainable Management. Students in the MPA program take classes with MBA students, gaining cross-sector management and collaboration skills through team projects and assignments.

MPA Program Overview

Presidio prepares MPA students to lead in the public sector with boldness, vision and a commitment to sustainability. Today’s complex economic, social and environmental challenges require public managers to rethink policy and administration and to engage business, non-profit and community constituencies like never before. From citizen participation to climate action plans, public-private partnerships to green jobs, public administrators must lead and follow at the same time.... [-]

USA Seattle San Francisco
September 2019
2 - 4 years
Online & Campus Combined

PGS Alumna Profile - Divya Srinavasan (C22)