Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 


Application Process

International applicants and those with international transcripts should consult the International Requirements Page, for deadlines and other requirements, as they may differ.

  • Completed Graduate Admission online application.
  • Nonrefundable $55 application fee as specified by Graduate Admissions (waived for Seattle University alumni, employees, and national service alumni). *Waived for new Fall 2021 applications.*
  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your professional and/or academic abilities, and to your potential for leadership in the nonprofit sector.
  • Current résumé reflecting one year of relevant professional experience in the nonprofit sector, paid or unpaid, is preferred.
  • Please answer one of these questions in approximately 500 words or two pages double-spaced:
    (1) Describe your professional and personal goals, and explain how you expect your education with the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program to further those goals. (2) What questions do you have about nonprofit leadership, and how will your education with the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program assist you to address those questions?
  • Candidates will be contacted for an admissions interview with Nonprofit Leadership faculty.
  • Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status. Graduate applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degrees from recognized colleges in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to applying to Seattle University will have this requirement waived. English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT), or 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 63.  

Embedded Scholarship Question

This optional but encouraged embedded scholarship question can be found within the application under the Application Information tab below the Financial Assistance header. Please provide as much relevant contextual information and as many details as possible. If you decide to answer this optional question, it must be answered prior to submitting your application. Otherwise, you will not be able to login and answer it at a later time.

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for admission for Fall 2021 is March 15, 2021.

Applications received after this date will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 1, 2021.


Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $729 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 over the 22-months of the program is $32,805. Tuition rates for 2022-23 have not yet been determined. Additional student fees apply.

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

More Information 

Please see the Admissions Office for more detailed information on admissions, including information for non-native English speakers.

Accepted Graduate Students

Graduate Admissions maintains an Admitted Student webpage where you can find more information about campus resources, as well as, a Graduate Admitted Student Checklist to help prepare you before classes start.


Elizabeth Dale

Elizabeth Dale

Interim Director


Angela Cabatbat, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership

Angela Cabatbat

Program Coordinator


Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Senior Admin Assistant, Nonprofit Leadership

Sarah Curtis-Tilton

Senior Administrative Assistant


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