We are now accepting applications for our cohort beginning fall 2017.
Early Decision Deadline: October 24, 2016
Priority Deadline: December 19, 2016
Standard Deadline: February 20, 2017
General Deadline: April 10, 2017
Rolling Deadline: May 15, 2017
Step 1: Complete the Online Application
The first—and easiest—step in the process is completing the online application form. Filling out this form provides us with more context about who you are and what you are hoping to pursue at The Seattle School. It also connects you with a member of our Graduate Admissions Team, who will work closely with you as you move through the process.
The application form will prompt you to provide us with names and contact information for two references. We will contact these references directly via email with a custom form linked to your application that they can complete online in less than 15 minutes.
As you select your references, consider women and men who can speak to your character, maturity, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, and spiritual depth. Consider asking a pastor, mentor, professor, therapist, supervision/employer, or colleague. Please refrain from submitting references from family members, friends, or acquaintances.
Need help? Feel free to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 876.6121.
If you are an International Student or if you would like to apply for non-degree or enrichment enrollment, visit our Admissions Policies page»
The next application step is to tackle supporting documents for your application that let us know about your past education and experience. Submit transcript requests to any post-secondary institutions where you received a degree or completed any coursework.
Step 3: Curriculum Vitae
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae (CV) as one of their supporting application documents. A curriculum vitae is akin to a résumé, but allows for a more detailed synopsis of your background and skills. We invite you to format your CV in a structure and design aesthetic that works for you and your life experience, but if starring at a blank page feels daunting, we’ve created a handy template to get you started. As you flesh out this document, please note the dates, length, and position/title when applicable to give us some context for your experience. As far as length goes, 2-3 pages is perfect. Once complete, save your CV as a .pdf file and submit electronically to email@example.com
Step 4: Essays
We require two narrative essays — a Statement of Purpose and a Cultural Artifact Engagement. The purpose of the essay requirement is to create an opportunity for us to see you, to learn more about your calling, and to experience your understanding and resonance with the mission and ethos of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
Essay One: Statement of Purpose
Describe the intersection of who you are, the work you feel called to do, and why you feel compelled to train at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
Essay Two: Cultural Artifact Engagement
Choose a cultural artifact from the options below and in two to three pages respond to where and how you see the categories of text.soul.culture interacting with each other. You may (but are not required to) choose more than one artifact and put them in dialogue with one another.
Engage the interplay of Acts 2:1-13 and Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo
The Body After Cancer with Eve Ensler
The Danger of a Single Story with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Each essay must be typed, double-spaced and 500-1,000 words in length (approximately 2-3 pages).
If you are applying for the MACP program, please use APA style. If you are applying for the MDiv or MATC program, please use Chicago style. Visit the Writing Center for resources. Please type your name on each document.
Once complete, please ensure that your name is in the header of each document, save as .pdf files, and and submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application essays are used for assessment and placement. Students may be admitted on academic probation and/or required to attend a The Seattle School Writing Workshop if application essays are deemed unsatisfactory.
Step 5: Participate in a Group Interview
The Admissions interview process is designed to give applicants a taste of our experiential and relational learning community and curriculum. At The Seattle School, the group interview is a part of the application process. We place a high value on gaining a holistic experience of our applicants and are intentional about creating an opportunity for each applicant to be seen and known.
Our interviews are conducted in small groups (5-6 applicants each) and focus on dialogue and group dynamics. This is not a competitive job interview; we are about creating a context to experience you, how you interact, and what you bring to a group and a conversation. Each group has a faculty or instructional staff member that serves as a facilitator. Through the interview process we are able to gain greater insight into who you are and what you bring, while you also have the opportunity to get a taste for the relational learning culture at The Seattle School. Following the group interview, applicants gather for a larger group to debrief and share their experiences with one another.
2016-17 Group Interview Dates
November 14, 2016
January 23, 2017
March 20, 2017
May 8, 2017
June 12, 2017
9:30 – Registration and Light Refreshments
10:00 – Group Interview
11:00 – Large Group Debrief
11:45 – Building Tour
12:15 – Optional Lunch Outings with Current Students
Registration for a group interview is included in the application form. Your application and supporting documents must be complete to participate in a group interview. Approval for an individual or distance interview on an alternate date may be made at the discretion of the Director of Enrollment Management in extenuating circumstances.
The group interview concludes at noon, but you are welcome to spend the day with us! We encourage you to stay for lunch outings hosted by our current students and sit in on a class or two. Take a look at our Course Schedule and let your Admissions Counselor know what you would like to sit in on.
Step 6: Admissions Files Review & Notifications
Once you have completed the application process and participated in an interview, the Admissions Review Committee will review your file and make a decision about your acceptance. The review process takes approximately six to eight weeks. After the Admissions Review Committee makes decisions you will receive a phone call from the Director of Enrollment Management. If you are accepted into your desired program you will receive an acceptance packet in the mail with an official letter of invitation, as well as important enrollment documents.
Step 7: Enroll in the Incoming Cohort
You’ve been accepted. Congratulations! Your acceptance packet contains important enrollment and financial aid documents. To secure your seat in the incoming cohort, submit your $200 enrollment deposit along with your Notice of Intent and Statement of Agreement. Upon receipt the Office of Graduate Admissions will confirm your enrollment and the Office of Academic Services will create your student account.
Step 8: Matriculate
You’re enrolled! The Admissions Team will continue to support you as you matriculate. Our Matriculate blog will serve as your field guide during the transition and your cohort’s private Facebook Group is a great venue for you to begin connecting with one another.