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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.


The Presidio Graduate School admissions philosophy

Getting the most from your experience at Presidio Graduate School and achieving the greatest level of success requires you to bring your complete self. This means that while verifiable data such as GRE/GMAT scores, undergraduate GPA, work experience, and quantitative skills are important in assessing your candidacy for admission to our MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, or Certificate programs, we are looking for what else defines you. That’s why our admissions process takes a more “whole-person” approach—one that allows us to understand who you are and determine if you are, indeed, a Presidian.

Here’s how we do it:

We review your entire application. In keeping with our academic philosophy, we take a “total systems” approach. Each component of your application is equally as important. For instance, we review quantitative skills used in your professional life and in your undergraduate studies to determine if you are prepared for the program. We weigh these with more qualitative elements such as teamwork, self-motivation and sustainability values.

Our admissions process is high-touch. We want to make sure what you bring to your cohort and what you get out of PGS is mutually satisfying. Our goal is to ensure a good fit and we take the time and effort necessary to achieve this goal.

We offer genuine engagement. We encourage you to join us for class visits, a local information session or webinar, and take part in community events. Giving candidates a chance to be immersed in the PGS community and to hear about real experiences from students is both helpful and enlightening for all involved.

Contact us when you are ready to apply or want to find out more about the application requirements or tuition and financial aid. We invite you to explore your possibilities and become the change agent you want to be.


Information Sessions

Find out what it takes to become a Presidian and gain valuable insight on what it means to be an MBA, MPA, or Dual Degree student at PGS. Join us for a fun evening of personal connection where we answer your questions about our sustainability practices, curriculum, academic programs, student life, admissions requirements, and more. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Click here to sign up for upcoming admissions events.


Join Assistant Director of Admissions, Rafael Escalante for a 30-minute live webinar presentation and learn about our MBA, MPA, Dual Degree and certificate programs. During the presentation, Rafael will walk you through our history, curriculum, academic programs, student life, and admissions requirements. Directly following the presentation will be a question and answer session. Click here to sign up for upcoming admissions events. 


Visit a class and get a taste of what it's like to be a Presidian.

Already attended one of our information sessions or webinars, and now want to experience the Presidio community? Let's take the next step and really find out if Presidio Graduate School is the right place for you.

Whether you’re a prospective MBA, MPA, Dual Degree or Certificate candidate, there's no better way to get a taste of what it's like to be a Presidian than joining us for a class visit during residency. Class visits provide a unique opportunity to experience the Presidian culture first hand, observe how classes are facilitated and personally connect with faculty and current students. Register here or email Rafael Escalante to learn more about upcoming class visits.

Click Here for Upcoming Dates for Class Visits.

There are two days of class visits held each month, each with a morning and an afternoon session available. Which classrooms host visitors varies each month depending on what's being covered. Between sessions from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm you will have the opportunity to meet with current students and faculty while enjoying a light and delicious complimentary lunch. 

Please note: There will be no class visits during June or July summer break.

To request a class visit, email visit@presidio.edu with "Class Visit Request" in the subject line and include the following:

  • Date and session you are interested in attending
  • Semester of interest - Fall 2016 or Spring 2017
  • Program of interest - MBA, MPA, or Dual Degree or Certificate
  • A short introduction of yourself including professional and academic background and degrees earned. You may also include your resumé, your LinkedIn.com URL or other information you would like us to know about you.


Question? Please Contact rafael.escalante@presidio.edu or call us at 415-655-8960.


Calendar of Events

See an overview of our community events here and a calendar if upcoming events here. 


To see a list of all upcoming events on our Eventbrite page, click here.


Degree & Certificate Program Application Requirements

Applicants for admission must submit the following to the Admissions Office:

All materials should be emailed to admissions@presidio.edu or mailed to:

Presidio Graduate School
1202 Ralston Avenue, Suite 300
The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

The Admissions Committee strongly recommends applying as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and a decision will be communicated within two weeks of receiving a completed application. The Admissions Committee may require an in-person interview with prospective students. Scholarships and Financial Aid are available. 

Admissions Deadlines for Fall 2016:
Early Admit: January 25
Round 1: March 14
Round 2: April 18
Scholarships and Round 3: June 20
Final Deadline: July 18

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Admissions Essay

Tell us about an idea or a project that you are interested in exploring while at PGS, how you would contribute to our learning community, and how you plan to balance school, work, and personal commitments while enrolled in the program (1,500 word maximum).

Quantitative Assessment

Applicants have three options for completing the quantitative assessment:

1. Submit GMAT results taken within the last five years to Presidio Graduate School (Code: Presidio Graduate School.)
2. Submit GRE results taken within the last five years to Presidio Graduate School (Code: 7838.); or
3. Submit a one-page history and assessment describing your quantitative skills, including:

All college-level quantitative courses taken; e.g. math, statistics, economics, finance, accounting or operations, and the resulting grades. Include quantitative and analytical skills used in your professional life and any plans you have for refreshing your math/quantitative skills prior to enrolling in a PGS degree program.

Please note: PGS does not have minimum score requirements for the GMAT or GRE. Your scores will be used as a diagnostic tool to help determine readiness for the program. The Admissions Committee may request the completion of quantitative courses such as Intermediate Algebra and/or Statistics prior to matriculation. 

Two Letters of Recommendation

PGS welcomes professional, academic, and personal letters that provide a well-rounded perspective of the applicant. At least one of the two letters should be a professional reference, ideally written by a supervisor. Applicants should ask references to briefly describe in what capacity they know the candidate and to address the strengths and challenges in as many of the following areas as possible:

  • Values and ethics demonstrated in his/her professional and/or personal life
  • Ability to work in teams, lead initiatives and manage projects
  • Communication skills
  • Business software and IT skills
  • Ability and willingness to succeed in graduate-level coursework

Letters can be sent via email or mailed and should be printed on organizational or personal letterhead and be no more than one page in length.

One Official, Sealed Transcript

Please submit one official transcript via mail or electronic download sent directly from the college/university verifying you have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Transcripts must also include GPA.

Additional official or unofficial transcripts and certification documentations can be submitted to support your application, especially with regard to quantitative skills.

If a bachelor's degree was conferred from an institution outside of the United States, official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) to Presidio. The applicant must have the transcript(s) evaluated by a foreign education credential evaluation service agency. Additionally, if the transcripts are not in English, an official translation must be submitted. The evaluation must contain the following:

  • Degree equivalency to a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university
  • U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course
  • U.S. grade point average

Additional Instructions

Applicants should keep copies of all materials submitted as part of the application. Admissions materials and all supporting documents become the confidential property of the Presidio Graduate School admissions department and cannot be returned to the applicant.

International students have additional application requirements.

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