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.
All applicants must complete an Application for Graduate Admission (choose "Graduate" > "Executive Leadership Certificate" as your program of study) 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 Executive Leadership Certificate 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.
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.
Three recommendations from supervisors using forms supplied in the application. Applicants unable to meet the requirement for supervisors 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.
A two - four page, double-spaced essay addressing the following prompts which will serve as a writing sample and 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.
|Application Period||Deadline||Decision Date|
|*EARLY DECISION*||November 15||December 15|
|Round 1||January 15||February 15|
|Round 2||March 15||April 15|
|Round 3||May 15||June 15|
Submissions after June 15 will be evaluated space permitting
If I had to do an elevator pitch, I would tell a prospective student that the program offers a strong dose of traditional business principles, exposure to ethical leadership in today's complex world, a strong emphasis on self-reflection, and glimpses at countless other concepts and ideas.Tim Talevich, ELP '18 Editorial Director, The Costco Connection magazine