City University of Seattle Reviews
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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!
City University of Seattle is a struggling university. The problem with faculty in general, is that the whole university has an insane amount of turnover rate. Their staff and faculty are not happy on their job. In a single year they had a 25% turnover rate. When so many staff and faculty leaving their jobs, they don't have the capacity to create (let alone teach) a curriculum that prepares students for the real world. There was a lot of complaint especially about their teaching related degrees due to the fact that they have kept changing the requirements and class schedule multiple times within a semester. Students were angry that they have enrolled in a program just to find out a few weeks later that requirements have changed. And this went on and on during the year. Due to the negative work environment the university nearly tanked. They could not generate enough revenue and was finally sold to another institution. They had multiple layoffs and furloughs. In this kind of work environment you cannot possibly expect faculty and program directors prepare a curriculum that will be helpful. Faculty was more worried about their own position within the university and many have left even during the semester. Faculty who thought online courses were many times not present or simply unavailable for answering questions. They forgot finish grading papers on time. A friend of mine who worked there left her job due to an "internal mess" - as she put it. I attended only three semesters and then left to pursue my degree at another institution.
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.
I submit this is the most practical MBA in Seattle and I've heard from coworkers about others MBAs. It is comprehensive AND practical. It's a complete system of leadership and management with useful tools on every class. You can learn it from class to class and apply it at work.
At first, I really like the school because one of my teachers was really good at her class. That made me want to stay and I had optimist expectations about the university. I still admire her a lot because she is amazing at teaching. The rest of my quarters have been difficult, because of the responsible of my double degree course at my Hometown university. I am a really good student and sometimes I feel coordinators and the responsible should have more empathy and flexibility for students, that also work, have social responsibilities, have a family, do sports, and take care of their health. I just want to finish the next two quarters, so I can start thinking of my Masters somewhere else. #SoDisappointed
This "college" is a joke! Tuition is astronomical and does not match the quality of education received. The faculty pool is small, the instructor selection doesn't exist, you are stuck with the same people throughout your program, most are fresh out of PHD school and lack field experience, have very clear biases and gossip about each other to the class. The school itself doesn't have an adequate library or bookstore, there is no caf, or student lounge. It's an overpriced manufactured college experience. I would not recommend. Financial aid is horrible. I once received my disbursement with three weeks left in the quarter!! Stay away! Go to a real university.
I've completed 5 degrees (at 3 different online & brick and mortar schools) and can honestly say that my time at CityU was well spent. The class sizes were small enough that I received timely feedback on my performance, as well as any questions I may have had. The instructors were all knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields, and each took time to share their professional experience with us. The amount of work was manageable for both onsite and online classes formats. (I averaged 2 classes a quarter while working full-time.). I will be finishing up my MS in the next 3 weeks, and have no reservations recommending CityU of Seattle for busy professionals.
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).