Presidio Graduate School

Presidio Graduate School (Presidio) is a private graduate school in San Anselmo, California that was founded in 2002.[1] It offers MBA and MPA degrees in sustainable development.[2] Presidio offers a formal "green MBA" curriculum centered on environmental sustainability and social justice, to a great extent inspired by John Elkington's triple bottom line.[3] In 2015, The New York Times named Presidio the MBA program to choose "if you want to change the world."[4] It is currently in the process of being acquired by the University of Redlands in Southern California.[5][6] The campus moved to San Anselmo (at the site of the San Francisco Theological Seminary) from San Francisco after the merger was announced. Upon the completion of the merger in summer 2024, the school will be known as the Presidio Center for Sustainable Solutions in the School of Business & Society at the University of Redlands.[7]

Presidio Graduate School
Former names
  • Presidio School of Management
  • Presidio World College
Typenon-profit[citation needed]
PresidentLiz Maw
Postgraduates1800[citation needed]
Location, ,
United States

Presidio has a low-residency format with face-to-face classes once a month and remaining classes online.[4][3] About sixty percent of students are women.[4] It was previously known as Presidio World College and as Presidio School of Management.[citation needed]

Presidio is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[citation needed]

Presidio alumni are well-represented in corporate sustainability across the United States. For instance, Presidians have occupied director of sustainability positions at companies including Salesforce and Facebook.[4]

Presidio presidents have included William Shutkin (2011-2016) and Mark Schulman.[8][3]


  1. ^ Ellin, Abby (2006-01-08). "M.B.A.'s With Three Bottom Lines: People, Planet and Profit". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  2. ^ Presidio Graduate School: Graduate Programs - San Francisco. Peterson's. Accessed March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Gardner, Elizabeth (March 16, 2017). "MBA Programs Help Students Change the World". U.S. News. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d McDonald, Duff (2015-04-07). "M.B.A. Programs That Get You Where You Want to Go". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
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  8. ^ Itah, Maya (2014-10-22). "Poets&Quants | The Little Green Business School That Could". Poets&Quants. Retrieved 2021-05-31.

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