Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Seattle University's Leadership Executive MBA.

In the last few years we have experienced a significant increase in applications and we encourage you to apply early to secure your position in the program. In the meantime, we welcome your calls and visits to our campus.

How to Apply

The Admissions Committee evaluates each application and makes decisions based on a candidate’s entire portfolio including work experience, past academic performance, recommendations, and a statement of intent. In addition, because the cohort model of this program requires significant group work, the committee looks for evidence of effective participation in team environments. Admissions deadlines can be found below. The following items are required in the application:

  • Evidence (degree-posted transcript or degree certificate) of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or U.S. equivalent. Exceptions considered on an individual basis by the dean. Please see the Application/Admissions/Enrollment Policy Handbook for additional information.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education institutions attended in the 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits of the bachelor's degree, including any transfer institution credit earned during this time period, and any post-baccalaureate credits. Exceptions considered on an individual basis by the dean. 
  • A current resume reflecting at least seven years of progressively responsible professional work experience. Applicant's experience should represent a mid-to-senior level role. This could apply to technical, scientific, business functional and/or managerial contexts.
  • Three recommendations from supervisors using forms supplied in the application.
  • Demonstration of verbal, quantitative, and critical thinking competencies measured by one of the following entrance examinations.* Seattle University graduates may petition to have this requirement waived. 
    • Executive Assessment (EA): A new entrance exam from the creators of the GMAT designed specifically for experienced professionals. The EA requires modest preparation, takes 90 minutes to complete, and offers flexible scheduling/rescheduling options. For more information, visit the GMAC website.
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) taken within the past five years
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years.
  • A two - four page, double-spaced essay addressing the prompts below which will serve as a writing sample and statement of intent/interest in this academic program.
    1. How have your professional experience and educational history led to your current professional role and how do they relate to your future personal and professional goals?
    2. What are your expectations for the program and how will it help attain your stated personal and professional goals?
    3. How have your experience and skills prepared you for graduate-level work?
    4. What personal and/or organizational support--both individual and financial--is available to you as you undertake the program at this time?

Students reaching the final screening will be invited to a group interview with members of the admissions committee.

There are additional requirements for international students. More information can be provided on an individual basis.

*  Prospective students may apply to the program without completing one of these entrance exams and if admitted, are required to successfully complete designated online courses administered by the university post-admission.

Admission Deadlines

November 15:  *EARLY DECISION*  
January 15:  First Review
March 15:  Second Review
May 15:  Final Review 


We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2019 on September 15, 2018. For your personal information session, contact Kathleen McGill, Manager of Executive Programs Outreach, at 206.296.2529 or emba@seattleu.edu.