College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers 7 master degrees and 3 graduate certificate programs.

    • Small classes meet evenings and weekends. Certificate in Fundraising Leadership is hybrid (online and on campus one Saturday a month). Certificate in Crime Analysis and Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership are online only.
    • Focus on real-world application
    • Internships and practicums
    • Scholarships available

    Our graduates are prepared to address the ongoing challenges of organizations and become leaders for a more just and humane world.

    MFAArts Leadership

    The MFA in Arts Leadership empowers the next generation of leaders to meet the complex challenges of managing arts organizations. Our students come from around the world for our small classes, practicums in a local arts organization, and experienced directors of arts organizations among our faculty.

    MNPLCriminal Justice

    The Criminal Justice Department at Seattle University is one of only eight departments in the U.S. with programs certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. This certification acknowledges the strengths of our programs, our scholarship, and our teaching. Graduates are prepared to work in law enforcement, courts, victim services, social services, academia, and research and policy agencies.

    MNPLNonprofit Leadership

    Graduate programs in Nonprofit Leadership combine the latest in leadership theory with the practical skills and dexterity required to meet the varied challenges of the nonprofit sector. Our graduates make mission-critical decisions that result in sustainable and lasting impacts on their organizations and communities.


    The M.A. in Psychology is based on the existential-phenomenological traditions in humanistic psychology. We offer a broad foundation in psychology, philosophy, and psychopathology rooted in the phenomenological and hermeneutical traditions within psychotherapy. An extensive practicum prepares students for success as psychotherapists in private practice, hospitals, and clinics.

    MPAPublic Administration

    The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree will advance your public service career and build your confidence to lead people and organizations. You will gain practical tools to make an impact in your organization and the community, and explore your values around social justice and ethical management.

    MSW Social Work

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) develops advanced clinical social work skills to improve human well-being. Our students experience a curriculum infused with social justice content and benefit from an intensive practicum in a community agency.

    MSALSport Administration and Leadership

    Our graduate programs in sport emphasize leadership and critical analysis of complex programs to address the wide range of challenges facing sport organizations. Our graduates become leaders in the sport management field.

  • Upcoming Information Sessions

    Feb. 4: MA Criminal Justice, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

    Feb. 9:  MFA, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    Feb. 10:  MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

    Mar 1: MFA, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    Mar 3:  MA Criminal Justice, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

    April 18: All SU Grad Programs Open House: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Details are on the campus calendar.

  • Priority Application Deadlines

    MA Psychology
    January 15

    January 20 

    MA Criminal Justice
    March 15

    MFA Arts Leadership
    March 15

    Master of Nonprofit Leadership
    March 15 

    Master of Public Administration
    For Spring Quarter: Feb. 20
    For Summer Quarter: May 20
    For Fall Quarter: July 20
    For Winter Quarter: Oct. 20

    Master of Sport Administration and Leadership
    Applications accepted through June 30

    Certificate in Crime Analysis (online only)
    Applications accepted throughout the year

    Certificate in Crime Analysis (online only)
    Applications accepted throughout the year

    Certificate in Fundraising Leadership (online and on-campus)
    February 1 for Spring Quarter
    July 20 for Fall Quarter

    Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership: rolling admissions