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Seattle University's graduate admissions viewbook.


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    Prepare. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

    The GraduaTe ProGrams of

    seaTTle universiTy

  • 1For more than half a century, Seattle University has offered

    graduate programs stressing professional development while

    reflecting values of leadership and social justice. It is a unique

    approach to graduate education that satisfies your quest for

    a deeper knowledge of your field with a broader sense of

    purpose and enrichment.

    Seattle University is a regional leader in graduate education, with 34 accredited graduate degree programs, more than two dozen certificate options and seven schools and colleges. We continually revise and expand our offerings to meet the needs of the Pacific Northwest. We understand the

    challenge of advancing your education while juggling the demands of a job, family and other responsibilities. Youll find that SU programs accommodate the often full schedules of working professionals, with options for evening and weekend classes and faculty available in extended office hours.


    INtrodUCtIoN 1

    CoLLege oF ArtS ANd SCIeNCeS 4

    ALberS SChooL oF bUSINeSS ANd eCoNomICS 6

    CoLLege oF edUCAtIoN 8

    SChooL oF LAW 10

    CoLLege oF NUrSINg 12

    CoLLege oF SCIeNCe ANd eNgINeerINg 14

    SChooL oF theoLogY ANd mINIStrY 16

    general Information

    StUdeNt ANd ACAdemIC ServICeS 19

    AdmISSIoN reqUIremeNtS 20

    tUItIoN ANd FeeS 21

    AdmISSIoN deAdLINeS 21


    CAmPUS mAP 23

    grAdUAte ProgrAmS LIStINg 24

    SU qUICk FACtS 24

    Photography by Mel Curtis, Braden Van Dragt, Tom Reese and Chris Joseph Taylor.

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    Professional development.

    Leadership Formation.

    Social Justice.

    Through team-building and leadership development, seattle university students learn to reach higher both figuratively and literally. some students reach for the treetops in the albers adventure-based leadership seminar.

    seattle university students have access to the latest developments in their fields, as well as career-development resources like this Competitive advantage networking forum.

    a Personal eduCaTion, a GreaT CiTy

    expect an academically rigorous education with individual attention, an engaged, collaborative classroom atmosphere and a diverse campus community. Youll feel the influence of our world-class city and its varied entrepreneurs, companies and organizations. Youll have faculty who come from these organizations and have done extensive work in your chosen field.

    mind and Body; Theory and PraCTiCe

    Seattle University students receive a holistic education. Youll receive both theory and practice. Your courses will integrate current and impending developments in their field. they will also integrate a sense of ethics and

    the values of community service. Whatever your program, youll grow as a leader with high professional standards and the tools and desire to pursue social justice within your organization and community.

    a ConvenienT CamPus oasis

    the SU campus has easy access to Interstates 5 and 90, and business classes at a bellevue site just off I-405 and I-90. our 48-acre Seattle campus is a state-certified wildlife habitat, with tree-lined malls and lush pesticide-free landscaping. Works by internationally known artists grace walls and workspaces. Light-filled lobbies and leafy enclaves invite study and reflection. the mcgoldrick Collegium gives graduate students their own space for studying, relaxing and socializing. Students now enjoy a refurbished library and state-of-the-art learning center.

  • 5Laura Polson landed her dream job as a deputy U.S. marshal in Tacoma.

    College of Arts and Sciencesthe College of Arts and Sciences offers seven graduate programs, all of which support

    Seattle Universitys mission to educate the whole person for a life of leadership and

    service. that mission, central to our Jesuit heritage, guides an emphasis on ethical

    reflection as the cornerstone of our students professional careers. Critical thinking

    and the desire to take on challenging rolesand go beyond what is requiredset our

    graduates apart.

    Before she arrived at Seattle University, Laura Polson did a wide search for just the right graduate program in criminal justice. Too many of them, she says, focus on public admin-istration and policy.

    I looked for really diverse classes and a program that wasnt so policy oriented, she says. And I wanted connec-tions to the community that were obvious from the get-go because those were key to getting the right job.

    As an SU graduate student, she signed on for every practi-cum to see what suited her best: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or Federal Bureau of Investiga-tion (FBI) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). She also interned for the ATF as well as the U.S. Marshals Service.

    The opportunities are there for just about anything you want in law enforcement, she says.

    In 2010, she landed her dream job as a deputy U.S. marshal with the nations oldest federal law enforcement agency. Based at the federal courthouse in Tacomas remodeled, 100-year-old Union Station, Polson is pumped about every aspect of her work. She hasnt yet had reason to draw her gun or play a role

    in extraditions of any notorious criminals, although she has traveled as far as Florida to return a fugitive to the Northwest.

    As early as her graduate student internship, she discovered she liked working with inmates and the courts.

    I get to see the whole judicial process close up and in motion, she says. Plus, every day I kind of dont know what my work will be. I bounce from one thing to another. I might be doing transports or bookings of new prisoners or serving subpoenas or taking an inmate for medical care.

    Its a big leap for the 2004 Eastern Washington Univer-sity anthropology graduate whose previous work experience involved sitting at a desk doing data entry.

    Shes pleased to have found the right niche. Im never at my desk and I love that. I dont have to

    write warrants or do paperwork, just go out and get the bad guys, she says.

    Deputy Polson is continuing to develop her leadership abilities by creating a practicum to challenge and support SUs graduate and undergraduate criminal justice students. She plans to cover the courts, witness security, judicial secu-rity, asset forfeiture, warrants, a tour of the courthouse and perhaps even a meeting with a judge as part of the two-day practicum on the U.S. Marshals Service, which hasnt been represented until her efforts.

    Based on her experience so far, her career goal is an intriguing one. I think it would be really interesting to in-vestigate threats against the courts and judges, she says. If I made a career of doing judicial security, Id be very happy.


    Go to for details on the following programs:

    Arts Leadership (mFA)

    Criminal Justice (mACJ)

    executive Nonprofit Leadership (mNPL)

    organization Systems renewal (oSr)

    Psychology (mAP)

    Public Administration (mPA)

    Sport Administration and Leadership (mSAL)

    Juris doctor/Criminal Justice

    Juris doctor/Public Administration

    Juris doctor/Sport Administration and Leadership

    Laura Polson, Criminal Justice studentProfile

    The opportunities are there for just about anything you want

    in law enforcement.Laura Polson, Criminal Justice student

    beComINg A LAW eNForCemeNt ProFeSSIoNAL

  • Albers School of Business and Economicsthe Albers School of business and economics educates managers from around

    the globe to be effective world-class leadersboth in their professions and in their

    communities. In the Jesuit tradition of leadership and service, you are challenged

    with contemporary and ethical issues facing businesses and society throughout the

    curriculum, and service projects are incorporated into several classes. the Albers

    School is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of business

    International, the premier accrediting agency for business schools worldwide.

    APPLIed LeAderShIPAs she describes the work that went into the creation of

    the Red Winged Leadership Award project, Brittney Hurst says she was pleased with the way each student in her cohort rose to the challenge.

    What was so impressive was that every individual took the ball and went for the stars, she says.

    The Red Winged Leadership Award began as a project of 21 graduate students in Seattle Universitys 2010 Gradu-ate Leadership Formation Certificate (GLFC) cohort at the Albers School of Business and Economics. The award honors community leaders committed to embracing the overlapping intersection of leadership, business acumen and social impact. Members of the cohort worked together to identify possible candidates in the community who embody these principles, then recognized top citizens at an awards ceremony.

    According to Hurst, it was Management Asst. Prof. Jennifer Marrone who came up with idea, inspired by the Opus Prize, the worlds largest faith-based, humanitarian award for social innovation. The prize was administered by Seattle University in 2008.

    MIB graduate Brittney Hurst (left) and Linda Ruthruft, a Red Winged Leadership Award finalist, meet for coffee at Street Bean Espresso.

    For the Red Winged Leadership project, Hurst was in charge of finding a panel of jurors who would choose two finalists and a winner. That jury included: Norm Rice, former Seattle mayor and CEO of the Seattle Foundation; Phyllis Campbell, member of the SU board of trustees and CEO of JP