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School of New and Continuing Studies


The School of New and Continuing Studies: Seattle University for Busy Adults

Our Mission

The mission of the School of New and Continuing Studies (NCS) is to broaden access to Seattle University's transformative education and to meet the future workforce demands of Seattle and the Puget Sound region through the delivery of certificate and baccalaureate degree completion programs for adult post-traditional students, by the creation of continuing education opportunities, and the exploration of innovative approaches to continuing education consistent with the university's mission and Ignatian values. 


The School of New and Continuing Studies was established in 2014 to meet the needs of adult students in the Puget Sound area. The school currently offers a Web Development Certificate and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Organizational Leadership and Digital Cultures.

Flexible, Affordable, Quality

The programs and courses we offer are designed specifically for adult students; to that end they all emphasize:

  • Flexible Delivery--All NCS courses are delivered fully online or in a convenient hybrid format that combines the best features of online delivery and face-to-face teaching. NCS also has a rolling admissions policy, so students can apply, be admitted, and begin their studies year-round. 
  • Affordable Cost--NCS courses are offered at a reduced rate (currently $400 per credit hour) for adult students. All NCS baccalaureate and certificate programs are fully accredited and qualify for Federal Student Aid and VA educational benefits. NCS also offers credit for prior learning experience gained through previous courses, military and corporate training, and proficiency tests. 
  • Exceptional Quality--Seattle University is a world-class institution that has been recognized for academic excellence, community service, and value. In 2015, we were honored to be named one of the Top-5 Regional Universities in the West by US News and World Report. When you attend Seattle University, you become part of a learning community that is respected by academics and employers worldwide. NCS faculty are accomplished academics who are often practitioners in their respective fields, and all NCS students have access to Seattle University's student support services, as well as specialized services and advising for adult students provided by the School of New and Continuing Studies staff. 
As these courses and programs are developed especially for adult students in the School of New and Continuing Studies, NCS students may only take courses offered by NCS. They may not take courses offered by other Seattle University schools or colleges.