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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good fit for me, online, relatively inexpensive ($36k total for degree)
Yes, MBA is valuable in any career.
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.
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.
Im generally a 3.0 gpa student, at cityU I was a 4.0 student!! There programs lack real life experience.
CityU is a JOKE!! Starts with their professors who lack professionalism to administration that never knows anything. A bunch of idiots, no wonder they are a non-profit. Steer Clear.
Whoever wrote the review bashing CityU's accreditation is ignorant. The fine Washington State institutions (UW and Washington State) are not accredited by the WASC, because they are not in California. CityU is accredited by the same institution as UW and Washington State, so one could expect credit (or partial credit) transfer to or from any of the schools accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Someone needs to validate these postings.