Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog


Full text of academic policies are available on the Office of the Registrar webpage: https://www.seattleu.edu/redhawk-service-center/academic-policies/

Graduate Admission

Admission Requirements and Procedures (Policy 2004-02)

Admission to a graduate program is granted to those with U.S. equivalent bachelor or advanced degrees from regionally accredited institutions and whose credentials indicate the ability to pursue graduate work. Some programs extend a limited number of admission offers and only accept applications for specified terms of entry. Undergraduate degrees, or their U.S. equivalent, in the field from which students select their graduate work may be required. For specific program requirements and terms of entry, visit https://www.seattleu.edu/graduate-admissions/programs/.

Grade point averages for admission for certificates and Master’s programs are usually calculated on course work leading to the bachelor’s degree, or all graduate-level course work for post-master’s Educational Specialist or Doctor of Education programs, as specified by each program. Calculation of the admission GPA for international students is performed based on globally recognized standards and converted, when possible, into U.S. equivalencies. Course work must be completed at regionally accredited institutions or the international equivalent.

Deans and program directors reserve the right to request test scores and other supplementary data. Applicants earning degrees from non-grading institutions are usually required to submit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or other specified credentials as requested by Graduate Admissions. Applicants should contact Graduate Admissions for further information on requirements and possible exceptions.

Application Process

Admission applications should be submitted as early as possible, but no later than the program deadline for the term an applicant plans to begin study. Applicants for graduate admission must submit the appropriate application for admission. Admission decisions can be made with appropriate unofficial or official academic documents. Official transcripts and academic documents will be required of all admitted applicants. To be considered official, academic documents must be received by Seattle University in sealed envelopes as originally sent by each issuing institution or received electronically via secured institution to institution system. For an application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration, applicants must submit by the program deadline all forms and documents as requested by individual programs and the Office of Graduate Admission.

Applicants are not officially admitted graduate students until the Office of Graduate Admission issues a formal notification of admission. An applicant’s acceptance of an admission offer constitutes a commitment by the student to abide by university policies, rules and regulations.

Applicants are expected to fully and truthfully complete all information requested by the university in connection with the admission application, and to supplement the application if any information changes between submission of the application and enrollment. False or misleading information or material omissions in connection with the application process will result in denial of admission, withdrawal of admission, dismissal, cancellation of course credit or other appropriate action as determined by the university.

Selection Criteria

Seattle University is committed to providing access to graduate-level educational opportunities to those who indicate the academic potential to benefit from such programs. Due to the specialized nature of the graduate curricula, the measures employed are program-specific and vary accordingly. Prior to application, prospective students are expected to become familiar with the individual application requirements of the academic programs they are considering.

An individual’s prior conduct, particularly as it may relate to unlawful or criminal behavior, is relevant to the admission process. Accordingly, Seattle University reserves the right to deny admission or continued enrollment to individuals who have engaged in unlawful or criminal behavior. Each applicant is expected to disclose in writing the required documentation and information on any and all dismissals or criminal convictions classified either as a felony or gross misdemeanor.

Non-discrimination in Admissions

Refer to Non-discrimination Policy .

Applicants with Disabilities

It is the policy of Seattle University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall, solely by reason of her handicap, be excluded from participation or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any services, programs and activities at the university. The university’s Equal Opportunity Officer, who can be reached at (206) 220-8515, is the person designated as the ADA/Section 504 compliance officer. For information about campus services for students with disabilities, visit https://www.seattleu.edu/disabilities-services/ or call (206) 296-5740.

Applicants are not required to indicate on an admission application whether they have a disability. An applicant may choose to identify a physical, learning, psychological or other disability and ask that it be considered a relevant factor in the admissions process. The information is intended to enhance an individual’s opportunities for admission and will not be used to discriminate against the applicant. The decision to report a disability is a personal one, and the university respects an applicant’s decision not to do so. All information supplied by an applicant to the university regarding any disability will be treated confidentially and used only for special admissions review.

Individuals who do not identify as having a disability at the time of applying to the university will be evaluated for admission in the regular manner. If an admitted applicant does have a disability requiring special services or accommodation, it is the individual’s responsibility to request support as soon as possible to Disabilities Services.

Probationary and Provisional Admission

Applicants with coursework in progress or with unofficial documents provided for application review warrant offers of provisional admission. Provisional admission is granted typically to applicants needing to fulfill specific requirements within a stated time period to qualify for formal unconditional admission to their program of study, graduate standing or, in some cases, to remain eligible to continue course work.

Probationary admission may be applied to individuals who do not meet the minimum academic standards typical for admission to a specific program but who convey potential for academic success. Probationary status remains for a specific time limit during which the enrolled student is expected to achieve the minimum GPA noted at the time of admission. When this condition is fulfilled, the program usually recommends advancement to regular graduate student status.

Non-matriculated Admission (Policy 92-02)

Non-matriculated graduate student status is granted to eligible students for post-baccalaureate study not intended to culminate in a Seattle University degree or certificate. A graduate-level Non-matriculated Student Application must be completed to be considered. (See the classification of student policy  in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.)

English Proficiency Admission Requirements (Policy 2008-01)

Applicants for whom English is not their first or native language must demonstrate English proficiency unless eligible for a waiver. Proof of English ability can be satisfied through a variety of testing options as noted in the full policy. English proficiency testing may be waived under specific circumstances outlined in the policy or contact the Office of Graduate Admission. Applicants with English proficiency scores below the minimum requirement may be admitted through the English Language Cultural Bridge program with eligible scores. 

International Admission Requirements (Policy 76-06)

International students must meet the admission requirements outlined for their intended graduate program to be considered for admission. Applicants must meet the international application deadline or specific program deadline for the quarter of intended entry, whichever is earlier. Completed application files must be on record, including official or unofficial academic documents, including transcripts and degree verification, and proof of English proficiency, when required, before admission decisions can be made. Transcripts and other academic documents should be provided in the original language and with English translations.

English proficiency requirements for admission consideration are outlined in Policy 2008-01.

International students seeking a student visa must also submit a Declaration of Finance form with a bank verification and cannot be admitted on probation or as non-matriculating students.

Readmission (Policy 76-10)

Students will continue to receive registration materials and will usually be eligible to register for the four consecutive quarters (including summer) after the last quarter of attendance. Exceptions apply. Once beyond registration eligibility, students must submit an application for readmission and will be subject to the requirements of their school, department, and programs in effect at the time of readmission. (Refer to the readmission policy  in Academic Regulations in this Catalog.)