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 the Admissions Counselor that works with your specific program of interest. Your Admissions Counselor is a great resource and will work closely with you as you move through the rest of 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.

There’s still time to apply for fall 2016! We are accepting applications to our Master of Divinity, MA in Theology & Culture, and MA in Counseling Psychology

Need help? Feel free to contact us via 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»

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Step 2: Request Your Transcripts

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 completely any coursework.

Step 3: Start Writing!

With these first two steps accomplished you can focus on your curriculum vitae and two narrative essays. We know that it can be daunting to stare at a blank page, so we’ve created a handy template to get you started. Once complete, your curriculum vitae and essays can be submitted electronically (in a .doc or .pdf file) to

View the CV and Essays Template

Step 4: Participate in a Group Interview

The Admissions interview process is designed to give applicants an experience 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.

Upcoming Group Interview Dates*
July 18, 2016 in Seattle

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.

*Classes will not be in session during the July interview.

Step 5: 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 6: 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 to Enroll, Statement of Agreement, and Student Financial Services Profile. Upon receipt the Admissions Office will confirm your enrollment and your file will be transition to the Academics Office.

Step 7: 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 Facebook Group creates a context for you to begin connecting with one another.