College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership

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  • Applications are now being accepted.      

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • A 3.0 GPA. Applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted on a probationary basis.
    • GRE is not required UNLESS students have earned degrees from institutions issuing non-graded transcripts; official GRE results are required of students in this category.
    • Two years cumulative experience in a nonprofit organization or comparable work or volunteer experience.  If you're uncertain, feel free to contact us with your resume.
    • Applicants for whom English is not a native language must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) / 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62, or an institutional Michigan Proficiency Test result of at least 83%.   Visit the MFA in Arts Leadership's international page for more information.  For specific questions, contact Janet Shandley in Graduate Admissions.

    Required Documents

    Applicants are required to submit the following documents for consideration:

    • A completed Graduate Admissions application form and required fee
    • Official transcripts reflecting a four-year equivalent bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution as well as any post-baccalaureate coursework. Please have all official transcripts mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at Seattle University: 901 12th Avenue, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122-1090
    • Minimum grade point average of 3.00 (GPA) calculated with coursework from all post-secondary educational institutions attended in last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor's degree and any post-baccalaureate coursework. In special cases, those with a GPA less than a 3.00 will be admitted on a probationary basis. Applicants earning a bachelor's degree from a non-graded institution must submit official GRE scores in lieu of GPA.
    • Current résumé reflecting at least two years management experience in a nonprofit organization or comparable work or volunteer experience
    • Two recommendation forms completed by individuals who have evaluated applicant's academic work or supervised practical experience and are able to assess potential for graduate study. These letters should address the applicant's potential for academic success at the graduate level, specifically noting the fit of the applicant to the mission and goals of Seattle University and the MFAL program.
    • Two-page statement describing career objectives and discussing how participation in the program will help achieve goal.
    • International students that completed their undergraduate work abroad must have their transcripts evaluated by ECE or EP.  Details on how to do this can be found here.  IF you have further questions, please contact  Janet Shandley in Graduate Admissions.   
    • Applicants for whom English is not a native language must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) / 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62, or an institutional Michigan Proficiency Test result of at least 83%. For specific questions, contact Janet Shandley in Graduate Admissions.

    How to Apply

    Apply Online

    Complete your application from any location, edit and save your work in one or more sessions, and submit when you're ready. Apply now. 

    Apply by Mail

    Request a paper copy of the application and mail or fax to submit.
    Email grad-admissions@seattleu.edu or call 206.296.2000 to request an application.

    Seattle University Graduate Admissions
    901 12th Avenue
    P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090
    (206) 296-2000
    Toll-free: 1-800-426-7123
    Fax: 206-296-5656

    More Information

    For more information and to apply online, visit our Graduate Admissions website.