How to Apply-Arts Leadership

Learn more about how to apply for Seattle University’s Arts Leadership graduate program.

Priority deadline for applications is March 15

After March 15 applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.

Application Review Process and Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the final deadline or until the cohort is filled. Early submission by the priority deadline is encouraged to ensure consideration for the upcoming cohort as well as consideration for institutional aid scholarships. Please note that cohort coursework officially begins fall quarter.

International students should review the international admissions page for more information on deadlines, additional requirements and more.

International Admissions Information

Application Timeline for Fall 2024 Admissions

Priority Deadline  March 15
Application Submitted (with all required materials) Rolling applications accepted after March 15, pending space in the cohort.
Application Review 4-6 weeks post-submission, by faculty committee and admissions staff
Notification of Admission 6-8 weeks post-submission, admitted students notified 
  1. STEP 1

    Start The Process

    1. Research the Arts Leadership (MFA) program to see if it’s right for you
    2. Review Admissions Dates & Deadlines
      • Applying by the application deadline ensures consideration for the Arts Leadership cohort and institutional aid scholarships.
      • After the priority application deadline applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, pending space.

    Attend An Info Session

    This is an opportunity learn about our program and gain insights into the admissions process as well as connect with our faculty/staff and get your questions answered.

  2. STEP 2

    Begin Your Application

    Once you start an application you will be able to save your progress and will not have to complete it all at once.

    The Arts Leadership application includes the following elements:

    1. Letter of Intent
      • A two-page (maximum) (12pt font, 1-inch margins) statement including goals for the program, professional goals and a description of how this program will help you achieve your goals.
    2. Résumé
      • A one-to-two-page professional résumé documenting education, work and volunteer experience.
    3. Two Recommendation Forms
      • Two recommendation forms completed by individuals who have evaluated the applicant's academic work or supervised professional experience.
      • Once you’ve started your application, add your recommenders email address and they will receive a link to the evaluation. The form should take them 15 minutes to fill out. If you have difficulty meeting this requirement, please contact the department.
      • You may submit more than two recommendations. However, your file will remain incomplete until each recommender has submitted the necessary form.
    4. Bachelor’s Degree
      • Evidence of a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
      • The Arts Leadership program does not require the GRE. However, applicants from non-graded bachelor's degree programs, have not completed 4 years-worth of course and/or do not meet the minimum GPA requirement must submit GRE scores.
    5. Minimum of 3.00 GPA
      • As calculated from the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, or post-graduate work, including transfer credits.
      • Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may apply and may be considered for probationary. If your GPA is below a 3.0, we invite you to include a statement that indicates what caused your low GPA and how you intend to maintain good academic standing in this program.
    6. Official Transcripts
      • Submit official transcripts for undergraduate coursework and all additional endorsement-related courses to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
      • Transcripts may be mailed or submitted electronically to
      • Applicants may be accepted to the program with unofficial transcripts. Once accepted to the program, students will need to submit official transcripts within their first quarter of enrollment.

    Start Your Application Today

    You will be able to save your progress while completing your application and will not have to complete it all at once.

  3. STEP 3

    Finish Your Application

    1. Submit your application
      • Make sure you hit “Submit” on your application.
      • Submitted applications are only considered complete once all application materials have been received, including your recommendation forms.
  4. STEP 4

    Check Your Application Status

    1. Check Your Status
      • You can login here to check the status of your application anytime.
    2. Monitor your email
      • Make sure to regularly check the email you listed on your application for updates, including your admission decision. 
      • Applicants should review the application timeline for information on when to expect an admission decision.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the program or application, we’re here to help!

Ashley Miller

Senior Admissions Counselor

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