City University of Seattle Reviews

  • 18 Reviews
  • Seattle (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,430
67% of 18 students said this degree improved their career prospects
44% of 18 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Stanislav Alexandravich
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2021
"Overall, City University offers a decent program for counselling since they bring a lot of theory as well as practical knowledge into it. It is a good university for those that lead very busy lives and those that might not have the same credentials required for other universities. Some professors are very professional and organized, but others are not. For each course you get multiple professors for some reason and at times there is no clear communication between them so misinformation is given to the students. Sometimes it also seems like these professors don't have enough time or willingness to give good feedback and grading. At times it feels like they are just trying to give some grade regardless of whether you did well or not. If you have the ability to go to a major real university, do it. Otherwise, this can be a good choice if you don't have the ability to attend other universities."
Gringa a in paradise
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"While I learned a lot from instructors and other students. The job market was such that getting my degree from other than a renowned State University was a waste of money. It helped me only by allowing me to keep a promise to my mother and myself. The bottom line is next degree I earn will be done through a public university."
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2018
  • Degree: Education
"This school has done a terrible job. From mishandling my grades and getting me into class late to professors that just tell you to go research the subject and don't even give a lecture on the basics. One professor kept making up new requirements for our papers as time went on which screwed up my schedule. Staff are very unhelpful and if anything goes wrong they just blame it on you and don't even look into the problem. I'm planning on transferring out as soon as I can. It has been a total waste of my time and money."
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2018
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I have selected my programs and list of courses based on their online courses. However, the courses provided by the registrar did not match the courses that were published on the website. The registrar office informed me that their website are being updated and that is the reason for the discrepancy. However, in my second quarter this problem was repeated. I found it odd that a university is unable to publish their courses, and have mis-matched information that they are unable to correct for nearly 5 months!? I signed up taking classes for online, but had to go to the school multiple times because I had a hard time connecting with the instructor. Multiple times the instructor did not answer questions I have posted for over a week, so I had to resolve it by making an appointment and go onsite to talk to someone. After completing my second quarter I have decided to leave the university and pursue my education somewhere else. They did give me credits for the courses I have completed - thank God - so I was able to transfer those. I found their whole registration procedure was out of whack, not sure why. The frustration with enrollment and my problems with the instructor led me to believe that they are not as good as they advertise. At least this is what I have experienced in my situation. I understand there are good reviews about the school, so I recommend to do your research before deciding to enroll. Weigh the pros and cons, talk to the advisor, read reviews on instructors, and also read reviews on GlassDoor. I am aware the GlassDoor reviews are mainly used for employee reviews, but I've heard from other students that they had a high turnover rate. Maybe that has to do something with the inconsistency of the information the registrar's office have (...or didn't have...), and the fact that faculty is leaving (or left) maybe in indicator about the school that should be taken into consideration."
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2017
  • Degree: Project Management
"This was a great program. The professors addressed question and comments quickly and made this a very practical way of going back to school. My advisor was top notch. My only concern that I might have is the cost but I was lucky enough not to have to pay for this degree. I can say I really did learn a lot about project management and this has set me up for success."
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"First of all, I didn't graduate--I had to give some year. I have a question that begs an answer that has yet to be given to me after a wasted year at this university: I am a PAYING STUDENT. It's my money, my time, my decision in regards to what I want as my career path. The master's program is intended to allow the students to gain a deeper insight and depth in the speciality in why they choose to study--hence the term MASTER'S degree. Why does this university have a full catalog of fascinating classes available in the master's degree level, yet when you select a major to concentrate in, ***THEY*** choose which classes you will take for your full program? Oh, I'm sorry, I'll be honest: They ask you to submit a list of classes you are interested in to the appropriate program director for approval, who then denies about half of them and replaces them with something you are completely not interested in. And no, you can't change them--it's set in stone. I enrolled to study computer science--WHY IN THE HELL AM I PAYING $2000 FOR A COURSE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ANOTHER $2000 FOR A COURSE IN BUSINESS ETHICS AND ANOTHER $2000 FOR SOMETHING IN LEADERSHIP ABILITIES AND ANOTHER $2000 FOR....?!? Seriously?!? With all of this other unwanted garbage, how am I supposed to gain expert knowledge on anything? They are even getting rid of their option to obtain your degree with a thesis--it's been replaced with a capstone course. It's like a master's degree just to say that you have a master's degree. Unbelievable atrocious--this school needs to figure out what direction they are going, because at this rate, they are not going to have ANY students left! I'm the paying student here, I think I should be the one to choose which classes I would like to study! And I'm sorry, project management and learning about neutralizing workplace conflicts professionally is NOT going to give me any insight on creating robust computer software!"
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Very disappointed. I took the online degree--just about every semester, a class was canceled because of (according to them) a lack of enrollments. This meant that I had no choice in which class to enroll in--some semesters I could only enroll into ONE class available for my degree. In two different semesters, there wasn't any available open classes for my degree program and I ended up having to sit out until following semester, which resulted in a lot of wasted time. Getting ahold of student advisors or any kind of staff support is like trying to reach Queen Elizabeth on the phone for an exclusive interview. I can't really say the quality of the teaching is the best either--they give you the materials and assignments, and you are on your own from there. The instructors are very generous with their grading as well--I was a 3.1 average student, yet at this school, I'm graduating with a 3.9 GPA? The challenge is just non existent. Yeah, I have my master's degree, but it just doesn't feel real or earned at all--the diploma just feels like a phony. I'm really disappointed, I expected a lot more for my money. I'm sorry, I can't recommend this school to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2017
  • Degree: Teaching
"I left the program in the 2nd quarter. It seemed like a joke. The teacher was kept reading fro a book. Seriously!? I can do that myself at home! Emails to the professor was never answered. I emailed her three times about my assignment grade and she never replied. Pathetic experience. I have enrolled to continue my studies at another institution."
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"Program was easy and not challenging. It's like a 2 year study guide. There were some classes that were named differently but had the same material, coursework and books. The senior class is a repeat of the very first class. There are no lectures and all the PowerPoints are hand me downs from the Internet. Most students copied and pasted their discussion answers from online articles and plagiarism was rampant with no checks. One student who graduated with a 3.8 truly thought that Moby Dick invented Starbucks and copy / pasted entire articles into discussion boards taking the html tags and ads with it, she was highly praised. Try another school if you're looking for something challenging."
Dr Oscar Perera, MBA, PharmD
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2016
  • Degree: MBA in Management
"This was not my first grad school degree. However, my only degree with CityU of Seattle. My professors were part-time PhD faculty also working full time in Boeing and in Microsoft Corporations in Seattle while working as part-time faculty teaching the MBA program in the Management Information Systems major program-MBA. The main advantage of my MBA experience with CityU was the quality of my professors bringing ( passing to me this experience) me their solid "real life experience" in the field of Information Systems Management while they were working for Boeing and Microsoft. This is what an MBA program should be about. Few grad school programs can offer this great advantage to their grad students. Seattle is positioned perfectly well to offer this since they can have a pool of PhD part-time faculty holding full time jobs in reputable corporations such as Microsoft and Boeing. This great benefit and advantage is unique for CityU. I believe this is the secret of the success of CityU of Seattle management degrees and specifically the MBA program. My MBA program (class of 1999) was in its infancy with their on-line courses and later became (decades later) one of the best MBA program in the nation (for a good reason)."
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2015
  • Degree: Management
"City University took more transfer credits towards my (online BAM - special program for Boeing employees) degree than any other college at which I evaluated for finalizing my Bachelor's Degree in a reasonable time frame and within budget. I enrolled with the understanding that my tuition would be $X amount for the duration of the program. Unfortunately the tuition doubled in the 2 years and I was stuck at that point because I had already wasted another year towards my degree program. The courses all have a similar look to the syllabus, some courses have 5 main outcomes and some can be further broken down into additional outcomes. Most courses only took one day a week to get through a 10 week online course, even for 20 credit hours. It is good to note that the grading practice is highly subjective, they try to quantify it with rubrics and criteria, however there is ambiguity in the verbiage. The verbiage looks similar to this: "Major trends are missing, poorly articulated, or confusingly presented. The organizational context is not described or is unclear." Anyone familiar with objective quantification understands that each of the criterion represented in this quadrant is qualitative, meaning relative to a referent instead of measurable as a clear expectation should be. If you write above the grader's reading level your paper will suffer as a result. Then, because they don't understand what you are writing they will identify it as "unclear". I recommend avoiding this program. It's very frustrating, and its "self-guided" nature means you are educating yourself. Granted, the support staff is there, but they are there to tell you to go find the answers yourself. If you're lucky they'll point you in the right direction. I am a Full time Dean's list student with 3.9 GPA, and City University of Seattle is a terrible representation of an institute for higher learning. My earning potential was inhibited by the piece of paper proclaiming that I have patience to sit through an arduous and expensive obstacle course for 4 years, and thus the school was able to fulfill that requirement for my company, hence the rating in that quadrant."
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2015
  • Degree: Education
"When ever an issue arose, you were reminded it was a 'self directed program,' and you were encouraged to either figure out your problem or bear the burden of the negative consequences alone."
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2014
  • Degree: Small Business Management
"This was a great school and program. It was tough but the teachers are always available to assist. The curriculum was very prevalent to my career and easy to apply in my daily job. I could literally learn it the night before and I apply it the next day. I highly recommend this school for anyone looking to grow and develop their management skills."
Dr. Earon Kavanagh (PhD)
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2014
  • Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
"I started an MBA with the Edinburgh Business School in 2001, but was drafted early on into a PhD in Europe, so I dropped the MBA. I recently taught 41 courses psychology in CityU's Canada program (the Vancouver-based program was in need of experienced PhD's at the time), and I ended up with earned tuition waivers for 33 credits. So I put the waivers to work and started the MBA in fall of 2012. I found that the MBA courses stretched me and were very practical. The instructors were very professional, responsive and support was there when I needed it. I struggled with Economics but ended up with a 3.9 for that course. I developed skills I did not have previously. I met a lot of great peers in the program, many working for Boeing and Microsoft, and I learned a lot from the students. I'm generally a top-tier student and was in the MBA program as well. This program allows you to bring what you know into the program, especially in the weekly discussion board portion, and that is where a lot of learning takes place as you mix with other students. Some of the students are high performers in industry and one can learn a lot from them. While there I further developed my own leadership style; each course has a team project component and that's where one can experiment with leadership development. Team projects are always challenging due to times zones and individual work schedules. I teach MBA's and Commerce students (OB, psychology, sociology) for another institution, so my review is both subjective and objective. CityU's MBA program now has good business accreditation. For the economics and finance courses I'd recommend taking just one at a time unless you can make the time or you are good at math/algebra and formulas. I found that a tutor really helped me. This year CityU also started an internship program."
Joe Walsh
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2013
  • Degree: Computer Programming
"It took me 10 years to complete my degree! Over half of my classes were taken while I was on active duty in the Navy. There were several gaps in my attendance; one time it was 15 months with a few other 6, 9 and 12 month breaks. But I finished! The college's choice of textbooks for my program was top-notch which I highly value. I was hired as web developer (before I graduated) in VERY LARGE PART due to the experience and knowledge gained from CityU's Computer Systems (Programming) degree program."
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2013
  • Degree: Business
"Overall, I found this to be a quality school at a reasonable price. I graduated in 2009 from their MBA program and was very satisfied with the quality of instruction and the relevance of the course material. I have an engineering undergrad from a tier 1 school and selected CityU due to the flexibility of the online instruction and the relatively low cost. I was employed full time while taking two classes per quarter which was sporty! Between the readings and assignments, the program was very time consuming; however, this is to be expected in any decent graduate program. I have since earned another graduate degree from a more well known school and honestly did not note any significant difference in the quality of instruction or difficulty of course material. As far as the instructors are concerned, I can recall only two who failed to meet my expectations. One instructor from a project management course was simply atrocious and consistently failed to provide constructive feedback to students in a timely manner. His supervisor was informed and took appropriate action. Another instructor, from a business law class, was simply mediocre: He provided good feedback but it wasn't always timely. The rest of my instructors met or exceeded my expectations. As far as accreditation is concerned, this is a regionally accredited school (the most critical accreditation for all colleges in the U.S.). The business school; however, is not AACSB accredited (it does have candidacy for ACBSP accreditation). The difference? AACSB is associated with larger top tier business schools at larger universities while ACBSP typically encompasses the smaller non-research institutions. This affects the marketability of your CityU MBA; however, it doesn't affect the quality of what you will learn. Additionally, the negative influence of not having an AACSB MBA can be diminished by having a "brand name" undergrad and/or by relevant work experience. Bottom line. If you go to CityU, you are buying an education, not a degree. The programs here will provide you the tools you need to succeed but it will still be up to you to actively seek opportunities and apply what you have learned. You are not going to get a foot in the door simply by having a degree from this school. You will; however, graduate with the knowledge required to succeed on your own merit."
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2013
  • Degree: MBA
"Tell us about your college experience.Good fit for me, online, relatively inexpensive ($36k total for degree)Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes, MBA is valuable in any career.What advice can you offer other students?No student loans, pay for it with cash or don't go until you can afford it. I did, it took me 5 years, one class per quarter online, but I have $0 debt from school."
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2013
  • Degree: Finance
"The MBA program was great!I completred it online and was taught by both traditional (PhD) and practitioner faculty who really helped apply the course work in a real world context.It's a small school compared to other local research based institutions but is still very good.City U recently started its first doctoral level program, so in the future, it may become a more research focused school, but in the meantime, it is largely a teaching based school which is just great for undergraduate and masters level students.The new downtown campus will provide a central location and enhance the schools reputation.I would highly recommend this school to anyone.As for accreditation, the university is regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of schools and colleges (NWASC) which includes all major schools in the region (UW, WSU, SU, SPU etc).In addition, the business school is accredited by ACBSP which focuses on teaching focused colleges and universities. Perhaps in the future they will seek AACSB accreditation which focuses on research based schools, although I don't think this really matters to non doctoral level students. I have seen City U mentioned in AACSB publications, so perhaps they are a "member" of AACSB.City U is also one of a handful of universities accredited by the Project Management Institute. This is also very prestigious and helpful.Overall I am very happy with my experience here even though the program was very demanding, but which school isn't?I would definitely recommend this school to others and believe that it's reputation will continue to grow."