Fall 2020 Application Deadline Extended to July 1
And, we will waive the $55 fee for all new Fall 2020 applications
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Professors Jasmine Mahmoud & Roxy Hornbeck discuss the focus of the MFA program.

Empowering a new wave of socially responsible arts professionals for a changing landscape

Arts Leadership alumni and students

The Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership - the first program of its kind on the West Coast - brings together our nationally-renowned faculty in arts leadership with the essential business and management skills necessary for you to meet the newest challenges faced by the cultural sector.

The Seattle arts industry has long been a national leader in the field. Deeply embedded in this extraordinary creative community, our program helps you gain the theoretical and practical experience necessary to successfully develop critically needed solutions in Seattle and around the world.

Our Alumni

Meeting Today's Challenges

Our Program

What makes it unique

Commitment to social justice and professional development complemented by a deep foundation of academic rigor and applied research

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Integrated into the world-class Seattle arts community
  • Classroom theory applied to real-world challenges
Months to Complete Your Degree
Evening & Saturday Classes

Designed for the working professional

credits including your graduate practicum

Individualized Practicum Experience

Apply classroom learning in real-time with regional arts and cultural organizations tailored to your goals.

A wide and active network

Mix of Seattle U faculty and practitioner instructors and connections to area arts leaders

I have relied on the professional network I gained from the MFA program time and time again--both during the program and in the years since I graduated. Having other arts leaders whom I can reach out to for advice, a reference, resources, or even just moral support is truly invaluable. The jobs I have landed since the program have all been connected in some way to the MFA network.

Sonia Nelson, MFA '16 Business Manager, Sound Theatre
Ready to Learn More?

Explore on Your Own

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Director, Arts Leadership Programs

Victoria Olive, MA
Graduate Admission Counselor

Students, faculty, and community gather for book club