Admission Requirements

Strong candidates will have a combination of at least one year of professional work experience, a demonstrated commitment to public service, a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and a 3.0 GPA. Applicants without a 3.0 GPA may be admitted on a probationary basis.  

There are no entrance exams required for application to the program unless your bachelor's degree was from a non-traditional institution (letter grades not issued), then you must submit GRE scores. We believe factors such as professional goals and motivation are better predictors of success in the program than scores from standardized exams.

However, evidence of ability to read and speak English at the graduate level may be requested of applicants for whom English is not a primary language. The TOEFL is the customary instrument used in this assessment. Applicants should have familiarity with basic statistics, spreadsheet, and database programs.

Applicants can apply at any time and begin the program at the start of any quarter.

Application Requirements

  • Sealed official transcripts from each college and university attended
  • A completed application form and application fee of $55 (refundable for SU alumni)
  • Two completed Certificate Recommendation Forms 
  • A current resume
  • A letter of intent (one to two pages) summarizing your interest in the Graduate Certificate program and discussing ways in which the certificate will assist you in reaching your career and educational goals

Access admission materials and online application HERE 

Tuition and Costs

Certificate tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $700 per credit and is subject to change annually by the Seattle University Board of Trustees. The certificate is a 12-credit program, so the total cost for the certificate based on the 2017-2018 tuition is $8,400. 

For financial aid information please contact the Financial Aid office.

Gainful Employment Disclosure: Federal regulations published in October of 2010 by the Secretary of Education require institutions to disclose to prospective students particular information regarding academic programs that qualify for Title IV federal student financial aid under the "gainful employment" provision. For more information, please click here.