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College of Arts and Sciences
Master Of Fine Arts In Arts Leadership

Arts Leadership

Empowering a New Wave of Arts Professionals

The Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Arts Leadership provides future arts leaders with an opportunity to merge the latest management practices of nonprofit organizations with the specific skills necessary to lead complex arts organizations.

MFA students work alongside arts management professionals in local performing and visual arts organizations and are able to apply their classroom learning in their practicum experiences. The blend of classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience prepares students for challenging arts leadership positions.

Coursework includes strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, budgeting/finance, and advocacy. With evening course offerings, students can continue to work while enrolled in this innovative program.

The MFA in Arts Leadership is a full member program in the Association of Arts Administration Educators. 

Are you interested in being an Arts Leader?


Join us for an Information Session!

RSVP requested via the links below.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 - 5:45pm PST

Contact Jen Smoose with questions or to schedule a campus visit.

Seattle and the Arts

Seattle has a thriving performing and visual arts scene including nationally honored Benaroya Hall, home to one of the most recorded symphonies in the world, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the critically acclaimed McCaw Hall, home to the world class Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Seattle Opera. With several major art museums including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), the Museum of Glass, the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Children's Museum, many smaller museums, over 100 commercial art galleries and internationally renowned glass artists, Seattle's visual artists are a presence both nationally and internationally. In short, the city of Seattle has a lot to offer and has been an important factor for many of our students. Seattle University's MFA in Arts Leadership program is part of this thriving arts community.

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Alumni @ Work

Nina Yarbrough (MFA ’16)
Capital Campaign Associate, Seattle Opera

Ben McCarthy (MFA ‘14)
Director of Individual Giving, Seattle International Film Festival

Meini Li (MFA ‘14)
Advancement Manager, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

Faculty @ Work

Jessica Howard
Director of Sales, ACT Theatre

Joe McIalwain
Executive Director, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Roxanne Hornbeck
Co-Founder & Managing Director, quiet