College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Nonprofit Leadership


  • To apply for admission to the Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) program, please assemble the following and send to the Graduate Admissions Office:  

    Application Form

    • Completed Graduate Admission application form  
    • Nonrefundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni).


    • Evidence of a four-year equivalent bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants earning a bachelor's degree from a non-graded institution must submit official GRE scores in lieu of GPA.
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary educational institutions attended in last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor's degree, including any transfer credit earned during this time, and any post-baccalaureate course work. Minimum grade point average of 3.00 (GPA) is required. In special cases, those with a GPA less than a 3.00 will be admitted on a probationary basis.


    • A completed recommendation form from a past or present employer.
    • The name, title, phone number, mailing and e-mail addresses of five individuals who can comment on your professional abilities and potential for leadership in a nonprofit organization.  

    Additional Materials

    • Current résumé. Resumes reflecting two years of relevant professional experience in a nonprofit organization are preferred.
    • Two-page statement answering the following questions: What do you believe are the greatest challenges facing the nonprofit sector today? How will you apply what you learn in this program to make positive changes in those areas?
    • If English is not the applicant's native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the university's entrance requirements must be submitted. See policy 2008-01 in Admissions Policies for details.  

    Application Deadline

    Accepting applications for Fall 2016 starting in early 2016.

    Completed Applications

    Please mail completed application packets to:

    Graduate Admissions Office
    Seattle University
    901 12th Avenue
    P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090
    (206) 296-2000
    Toll-free: 1-800-426-7123
    Fax: 206-296-5656


    Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $674 per credit hour (subject to change by Seattle University Board of Trustees). The MNPL degree is a 45-credit program, so the total cost for tuition is $30,330.

    For more information about financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office. Partial scholarships are available.

    More Information 

    We encourage you to attend an information session. Please see the Admissions Office for more detailed information on admissions, including information for non-native English speakers.

    Applications are available online. Admission packets may be obtained from the Admissions Office or from Casey 2 West.