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 lead various arts organizations. With our low student-to-faculty ratio and the program’s cohort approach, you will benefit from direct access to faculty and develop lifelong relationships and support networks. In the thriving arts center of Seattle, you will gain the theoretical and practical experience necessary to successfully compete for arts leadership positions in Seattle and around the world.
Designed for the working professional
"As both a working artist and an organizational leader, my education equipped me with an invaluable bag of tools."
Sharon Nyree Williams, MFA '09
Executive Director, Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas
Co-Chair, Seattle Arts Commission
Commitment to social justice and professional development complemented by a deep foundation of academic rigor and applied research
"In the beginning, I didn’t realize how important it is to understand the different aspects of running a non-profit arts organization. Now, as an executive director, I don’t have to know everything about every area, but I do need to know enough about each of them to build the right team."
Apply classroom learning in real-time with regional arts and cultural organizations tailored to your goals.
"My education provided me the confidence to walk into non-artistic spaces. Combining my experience as an artist and the leadership skills I earned makes me more comfortable – and effective – at the table in my role as co-chair for the Seattle Arts Commission where I am working with City entities like Seattle Department of Transportation."
Mix of Seattle U faculty and practitioner instructors and connections to area arts leaders
"On top of that, I also never feel alone in the industry. I always have someone from Seattle U to support me, from fellow alums to faculty to colleagues I met through the program."