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Arts Leadership

Empowering a New Wave of Arts Professionals

Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership

Merge the latest management theories with the skills necessary to lead complex arts organizations.

MFA students build a portfolio of practice in the arts sector, strengthened by academic rigor and applied research. Seattle's vibrant cultural community serves as a laboratory while students develop professional skills and strategic insight informed by a commitment to social justice.

Coursework includes strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, finance, and advocacy. With evening course offerings, students can work while enrolled in the program.

The MFA in Arts Leadership is a full member program in the Association of Arts Administration Educators.

Seattle U's MFA in Arts Leadership program sets a path for success because the classes are taught by top notch instructors coupled with hands on practicum experience. After graduation, I felt confident and prepared to launch a career in arts administration and I continue to feel supported by the camaraderie of my fellow alums.

Laura Hammarlund MFA '12 Development Director, Pratt Fine Arts Center

Seattle as Laboratory

Seattleā€™s thriving performing and visual arts community is the laboratory for our students and many of our alumni.

Our students have held practicums with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Pop Culture.

Our alumni and faculty work at many of these organizations as well, plus Pratt Fine Arts Center, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Frye Art Museum, Photo Center Northwest, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Interested in learning more?

Hear from Kevin Maifeld, Founding Director & Professor of the MFA in Arts Leadership program, as well as MFA alumni.

Alumni at Work


  • Kevin Maifeld, Director, Arts Leadership Programs, 206.296.5370
  • Jen Smoose, Graduate Program Coordinator, 206.220.8244

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