Bainbridge Graduate Institute prepares students for leadership in the financial and business world. Just as important, the Institute works to promote its vision of “social and environmental responsibility” by infusing sustainability in classroom instruction. In 2002, entrepreneurs Elizabeth and Gifford Pinchot, Jill Bamburg and Dr. Sherman Severin formed the private, not-for-profit BGI as a means to prepare future business leaders for the environmental challenges facing the 21st century. BGI maintains three campuses: the main Seattle Learning Site in downtown Seattle, a hybrid IslandWood campus located on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and a third hybrid Channel Rock campus on Cortes Island, British Columbia. A diverse range of learners study at Bainbridge Graduate Institute with ages ranging from 22 to 65 years of age. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.
Bainbridge Graduate Institute is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business and the Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Systems. In addition, BGI is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Degrees offer students two options. The Metro MBA in Sustainable Business is primarily delivered via in-person sessions located at the Seattle Learning site with added distance learning. Students can complete this degree in 18 or 27 months and can pursue concentrations in Food & Agricultural Systems, Energy Solutions, and the Built Environment. On the other hand, the Hybrid MBA in Sustainable Systems integrates distance learning with four-day retreat sessions held monthly at the hybrid campus locations at IslandWood and Channel Rock. This programs extends the time frame and students have 2 to 3 years to complete their Master’s degrees. In addition to the degree programs, students can also pursue certificates in:
- Sustainable Built Environment
- Sustainable Energy Solutions
- Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems
Distance learning courses incorporate several avenues of technology. BGI’s The Channel serves as the hub for student engagement through informal discussions and brainstorming, as well as housing electronic databases and library resources that can be accessed 24/7. BGI also features the use of virtual classrooms to deliver instruction in real-time.
Tuition for the Master’s degree programs are $888 per credit hour and $750 per credit hour for certificate programs. Tuition does not include additional fees, like the $1,300 Hybrid MBA Orientation Fee or various incidental fees.
BGI partners with federal, state, and private institutions to provide financial aid to eligible students through grants, loans, and scholarships. Programs include:
- Institutional grants
- Institutional, government, civic, and professional scholarships
- Federal Work-Study Program
- Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Grad PLUS Loan
- Benefits for specific groups, such as military aid via the Veterans Administration program.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:189
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