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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 MBA and MPA and research programs, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good.


In 2003, PGS pioneered the field of sustainable management education with an initial class of 22 MBA students, a handful of faculty, and vision that integrated systems thinking and sustainability with pragmatic business skills. The school’s initial driving forces were Richard M. Gray and Steven Swig. PGS’s programs met with early success, as graduates from these early classes founded companies including Live Neutral, EOS Climate, EcoHome Improvement, and Mission Motors.

In 2009, PGS offered its first MPA in Sustainable Management as an expression of the need for systems level, intersectoral problem solving that reaches public administration to remedy our most pressing sustainability challenges. In 2011, in response to student interest, PGS began offering a MBA/MPA Dual Degree. That year, Presidio also started its center for professional education, PresidioPRO, for professionals seeking new skills.

Until 2014, PGS programs were accredited in partnership with Alliant International University. In June 2014, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted PGS independent accreditation.

Today, PGS has an accomplished team of more than 45 faculty and staff, an outstanding board of directors, and a reputation for being at the forefront of the sustainability education field.

The best indication of our history — who we are and what we’ve done — is embodied in our nearly 800+ alumni, and what they have gone on to do. We invite you to click here to learn more about how Presidians apply what they learn in business and in government.