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Type 1 Student

A visiting student enrolled in a graduate degree program at another institution with permission to take no more than two quarters or 12 transfer credits of graduate course work as a non-degree seeking student at Seattle University. Although the student intends to transfer those credits to his/her graduate program, Seattle University assumes no responsibility for advising such students for the applicability of the courses to the student's degree.

Type 2 Student

A non-degree seeking student taking graduate course work because of special interest or an unusual delay in his/her regular application to a graduate program at Seattle University.

Programs in Educational Leadership, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, Master in Teaching and Psychology do not normally permit TYPE 2 non-degree seeking students. The School of Theology and Ministry does not typically admit students who intend to apply to one of their degree programs at a later date. Contact STM for other options.

International students on an F-1 visa are not normally permitted TYPE 2 non-degree seeking status unless during a break from their current institution. Applicants with F-1 status at another institution must provide a copy of their current I-20.

Admission requirements

  • Transcript showing a posted bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Submit transcripts reflecting any relevant post-bachelor's course work or degrees. (Unofficial or photocopied transcripts are acceptable for non-degree seeking application.)
  • Grade point average, course work, or other evidence of the ability to do graduate level course work.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English is required of all applicants for whom English is not their original language, unless applicant earned a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. college and remained in residence in a primarily English-speaking country for two years prior to applying. We accept TOEFL, IETS and MELAB scores as evidence of English skills.

In addition to the documents above, Type 1 applicants must also submit:

  • Transcript from the current institution where you are seeking a degree
  • Letter of permission sent directly from your advisor or another official at your current institution indicating that you are in good standing, have approval to pursue the requested course work at Seattle University and will be returning to that institution to complete a degree

For application procedures refer to the non-matriculated application