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FAQs

  • Where should application materials be sent?

    All application materials should be sent to the following address:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    Seattle University
    901 12th Avenue
    P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090

    What if supporting materials are received before my application?

    If we receive supporting materials such as a recommendation or resume before receiving your application we will begin a preliminary file and match documents with your application when it arrives. Preliminary documents are kept on file for 1 year. After 1 year documents will be purged.

    How should transcripts be received by the Office of Graduate Admission?

    To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to our office via the applicant as long as it remains in its original unopened university envelope.

    What tests are required for admission?

    Each program has its own unique admission requirements. Some programs require standardized test scores and others do not. Certain programs may also only require scores if your GPA falls below a certain number. For information on the admission requirements for a specific program, please see the graduate programs list and search for your program of interest. Please be aware that test scores are required from any applicant who does not have at least 2 years of graded coursework from which to calculate a GPA.

    How is my GPA calculated?

    Your GPA will first be calculated based upon your last 2 years of graded coursework from your bachelor's degree. A second GPA will be calculated based upon your last two years of graded coursework from your bachelor's degree plus anything taken since. If your GPA falls below a certain number, we may calculate a 4 year GPA as well. For post-master's certificates and programs as well as the doctoral program your GPA will be based upon the master’s GPA.

    How will I be notified regarding the status of my application and the admission decision?

    When you submit your application you will be sent an email containing a URL link to your app tracker by which you will be able to monitor the status of your application. When a final decision has been entered you will receive an email letting you know to log into your online application to view the decision. A formal decision letter will be sent to you by postal mail.

    If English is not my native language must I take a proficiency exam?

    Yes, unless you have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States and have been living in an English-speaking country for the last two years.

    Does Seattle University provide a transcript request form for me to order the necessary transcripts?

    No, we do not have a form that allows applicants to authorize transcripts to be sent to us. Transcript ordering procedures vary from one institution to another and we suggest you familiarize yourself with the requirements for your institution(s) to insure that we can be sent official transcripts in a timely fashion.How will I receive my admission decision?

    How can I update my application and/or contact information?

    If your plans change and you need to move your application to a different term, please complete the Update Form regarding your intentions. If your contact information has changed since you applied, please complete the Update Form to provide your new information.