The Leadership Executive MBA Admissions Committee evaluates each application and makes decisions based on a candidate’s entire portfolio including past academic performance, recommendations, work experience, 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.
An Application for Graduate Admission must be completed and submitted by applicants along with a $55 non-refundable application fee (fee waived for Seattle University alumni). Requirements for admission are outlined below; international students should contact the recruiter regarding additional requirements.
Candidates for the Leadership Executive MBA program must hold a four-year undergraduate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or U.S. equivalent as evidenced by a degree-posted transcript or degree certificate. Exceptions considered on an individual basis by the dean.
Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended, including both undergraduate and graduate programs. Transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis and applicants will be contacted should Graduate Admissions need further documentation. The transcripts must include any transfer institution credit earned during this time, and any post-baccalaureate credits. Exceptions considered on an individual basis by the dean.
Official transcripts can be submitted electronically from your undergraduate and/or graduate institution to Graduate Admissions OR sent via mail in a sealed envelope marked “Official” to:
Seattle University – Pigott 327
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Unofficial or copied transcripts cannot be accepted. Transcript requirements and guidelines for international applicants can be found here.
Applicants must submit a current resume reflecting at least ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience, seven of which should be managerial in nature but can include management of people, products, programs or projects.
The application requires two recommendations from supervisors using forms supplied in the application. Applicants unable to meet the requirement for supervisors (i.e. entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs) should consult with the recruiter for recommendation options.
Recommenders are sent a link to the application system where the recommendation is completed online. Please ensure that you have provided the correct/correctly spelled email address. Emails with links are sent to recommenders as soon as you log out of the system. We advise you to check with your recommenders to ensure they have received the email and if not, to check spam or junk folders.
Applicants to the LEMBA program do NOT need to take an entrance exam (GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment). Instead, students will demonstrate quantitative and critical thinking competencies by successfully completing three designated online courses administered by the program post admission.
If a candidate has taken a standardized test (Executive Assessment, GMAT or GRE) within the past 5 years, the scores may be submitted to be considered for an online course waiver. Waivers will also be considered for SU alumni and candidates holding a terminal degree.
Candidates will submit a 2-4 page, double-spaced essay addressing the following prompts which will serve as a writing sample as well as a statement of intent/interest in this academic program.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a Personal Information Session with the Executive Programs recruiter prior to beginning an application to ensure the program is a good fit for the applicant’s educational and professional goals.
Applicants that reach the final screening will be invited to a group interview with members of the admissions committee following the application deadline.
Leadership EMBA Program
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New for Fall 2020: Applicants in the Early Decision and Second application periods will be eligible for the Hagen Scholarship.
|Application Period||Deadline||Decision Date|
|*EARLY DECISION*||December 1||December 31|
|Second||March 1||March 31|
|Final||June 1||June 15|
Submissions after June 15 will be evaluated space permitting.
The LEMBA program provided me with the foundation and the tools to be more effective in operations. It gave me the underpinnings to evaluate and help further develop our strategy as well as the leadership piece to carry that through the organization.Steve Messler, LEMBA '17 Vice President, Olympic Foundry, Inc.