Seattle University

Arts Leadership

901 12th Ave
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, Washington 98122-1090
United States



Mr. Kevin Maifeld

Program Goals and Objectives

Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Seattle University provides the only opportunity to earn an MFA in Arts Leadership in the Pacific Northwest.  With a thriving arts community, Seattle is an excellent place to grow your network and develop your skills in locally, nationally, and internationally recognized arts organizations.   With evening classes our program is designed to accommodate working professionals.  Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program also has merit- and need-based scholarship funds that are awarded yearly to incoming students. Visual artists, performing artists, educators, and experts from the field teach the skills necessary to be the arts leaders of tomorrow.  We merge the latest arts management practices with the specific skills necessary to lead complex arts organizations.  Our graduates are playing leadership roles in arts organizations across the country.

MFA Arts Leadership at Seattle University Video


This is a 2-year, 48-credit program.  You may visit our website for more specific details about our curriculum, including course descriptions, syllabi, and degree requirements.

Fundamentals of the Nonprofit Arts Sector (3 credits)
Leadership & Interpersonal Behavior for Arts Leaders (3 credits)
Marketing the Arts (3 credits)
Financial Management for Arts Leaders (3 credits)
Leading Staff in Arts Organizations (3 credits)
Public Policy & Advocacy in the Arts (3 credits)
Strategic Planning in the Arts (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Graduate Management Practicum (4 credits total)

Boards & Volunteers in Arts Organizations (3 credits)
Resource Development for Arts Organizations (3 credits)
Law and the Arts (3 credits)
Summary Project (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)
Graduate Management Practicum (5 credits total)



We welcome international students and have some additional requirements to ensure that they will thrive in our program.  International students can find valuable information including links to language requirements and verification of academic work, as well as a link to the application the MFA’s International Student page:

For domestic students you can read about admissions criteria and find a link to our online application on our Apply page: