City University of Seattle Reviews
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.