Dept. of Public Affairs and Nonprofit Leadership

Educating students for positions of responsibility and leadership in local, state, federal government and the nonprofit sectors.


The Department of Public Affairs and Nonprofit Leadership is committed to preparing students to address the complex challenges facing our society today in ways that are equitable, inclusive, and just. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to merge theory with practical skills in public policy, community planning, civic engagement, nonprofit leadership, and public administration to effectively advocate for social justice in our workplaces and our communities. 

Our Degrees

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We offer a BA in Public Affairs and a minor in Nonprofit and Public Administration in a flexible program that lets you find your area of specialization. The program offers research opportunities and experiential learning. We support you in finding internships and guidance for scholarships and other funding.

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Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership

Discover a transformative curriculum merging social justice, leadership theory and practical management skills for nonprofit leaders. Collaborate with esteemed Seattle University faculty and industry experts, alongside peers, to expand your portfolio and network. Join a thriving community of 450+ alumni driving change across nonprofit, public, and private sectors worldwide.

Internships and Practicums

All of our programs engage students in hands-on experiences, allowing them to explore their particular interests.

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Careers and Professional Development

We are committed to help each student find their own career path, ensuring they have the tools and resources for success.

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Alumni Network

Each of our programs fosters meaningful connections between alumni and current students. With our recently expanded department, we have an even greater capacity to strengthen and broaden our alumni relationships, nurturing a thriving network of collaboration and mutual growth.

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