"I felt fully prepared for my new job as an administrator"

-Mike Velasquez, alumni and principal of Avanti High School

Graduate Studies



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday

How to apply

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The school administration certificate-only program is a cohort- based program that begins each summer with participation in a summer academy. Applicants interested in the MED program - administration strand should follow the application deadlines and procedure outlined on the MED program website.

Deadline for summer academy May 1 - date for best consideration

Application steps

Step 1: Complete the online application for graduate admission.
Step 2: Send all supplemental and supporting documents below to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
  1. Check for $50 application fee made out to "Saint Martin's University" or use our online payment system.
  2. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent directly from the institution to OGS. International students must also submit official English translations for any transcripts not in English.
  3. Three forms of recommendation.
    Have each recommender send their signed form directly to Saint Martin's University Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. Proof of fingerprinting and clearance through OSPI. Two parts:
    1. WSP fingerprint background check form.
    2. Fingerprinting done at an Educational School District (ESD) office. Detailed information on fingerprinting procedures and payments can be found on our Admission resources PDF. Turn in your receipt.
  5. Complete your Pre-Residency Clearance Application online. Click here for directions.
  6. Personal Goal Statement. Submit a one or two page goal statement describing your educational career pathway, your motivation to become a school principal or director and your goals as an education leader.
    Email your statement in PDF format to gradstudies@stmartin.edu.
  7. Current resume. Send in PDF format to gradstudies@stmartin.edu
  8. CPR/First Aid card copy

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