Master of Business Administration


AVAILABLE: Online | In-class
REQUIRED CREDITS: 48
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Bellevue, WA: Fall, Spring | Everett, WA: Fall | Online: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer | Renton, WA: Spring | Seattle, WA: Spring, Fall | Tacoma, WA: Fall


Program Details

The Master of Business Administration program at City University of Seattle prepares you to lead, manage and grow diverse organizations. With a variety of emphasis areas including accounting, change leadership, finance, global management, human resource management, marketing, project management and sustainable business, you can customize the program to your personal career goals.

With your master's degree in business administration from CityU of Seattle, you'll position yourself for advancement into managerial roles while sharpening your business acumen and communication skills. Our rigorous curriculum will prepare you to advance your career by focusing on the following skills:

  • capitalizing on business trends and opportunities in rapidly changing industries
  • applying a broad range of business theories, disciplines and technology
  • implementing strategies that promote a strong social connection to your product
  • utilizing the diversity in today's domestic and global businesses

Flexible, Online Learning Options

In addition to our popular online M.B.A. program, CityU offers weekday in-class, mixed-mode, and intensive weekend programs to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Though the program itself is large and well-established, we keep class sizes small so you can expect individualized instruction throughout your course of study.

Where CityU Can Take You

The business awareness, confidence and skill you possess when you complete your master's degree in business administration can change your prospects for life. Alumni of CityU's in-class and online M.B.A. programs often receive promotions or shift careers into some of the following titles:
  • program director
  • senior project manager
  • operations manager
  • marketing, sales or HR director
  • management consultant

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If you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, you qualify to apply to CityU's M.B.A. program. We are confident that the skills you learn here will prepare you for success, so we don't require you to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or any other standardized test for enrollment consideration. Speak with a CityU School of Management advisor to learn more.

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Business Core Courses (36)
MBA 500
MBA 501
MBA 511
MBA 515
MBA 520
MBA 525
MBA 531
MBA 535
MBA 540
MBA 545
MBA 550
MBA 555

Practicum or Emphasis Requirements (12)

Accounting Emphasis (12)

CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in accounting will prepare you for the professional challenges of becoming a C.P.A., while providing you with greater versatility and opening the doors to a myriad of opportunities both within the accounting profession and in the field of business. The emphasis comprises review courses using Becker materials and are designed to help you master the concepts, theories and technical materials routinely tested on the C.P.A. exam and are recognized as accounting credits by the Washington State Board of Accountancy.

CPA review courses are intended to review accounting concepts and theory and examine the application of these concepts to various business situations. Consequently, students entering this emphasis area must have completed a major/concentration* in accounting at City University or another university. Students must consult with the State Board of Accountancy for their state's specific requirements for sitting for the exam.

*An accounting major or concentration consists of a minimum of courses in the following areas: intermediate accounting series, cost/managerial accounting, individual and corporate tax, audit, and business law. Courses in accounting theory, advanced accounting, and accounting case studies are also very helpful in understanding material presented on the CPA exam. These courses should be master's level or 300 or 400 level if they are undergraduate courses. They should have a letter designation of "AC", or "ACC" specifying they are courses intended for accounting majors.

AC 530
AC 531
AC 532
AC 533
AC 625
If you are seeking an internship, AC 530 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
Change Leadership Emphasis (12)
Today's fast-paced, competitive business world requires flexible leaders who are adept at handling change and finding quick, effective solutions to challenges of all kinds. CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in Change Leadership is specifically designed to help you become an effective change agent. Topics you will explore include: methods of creative problem solving; learning how to confront difficult situations; leadership synthesis; leading change in diverse organizational cultures; and ethical leadership.
MAL 515
MAL 525
MAL 535
MAL 545
MAL 625
If you are seeking an internship, MAL 535 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
Finance Emphasis (12)
If you're seeking a career or greater opportunities with a large financial organization such as an insurance company, bank or brokerage house or work in an area managed by a corporate treasurer, CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in finance will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to accomplish your goals. This emphasis is specifically designed to help you understand the ins and outs of capital formation and corporate management; how the markets in securities and capital investments work; the role of banking in business development; and the importance of financial management in public and not-for-profit organizations.
FIN 541
FIN 542
FIN 543
FIN 544
FIN 625
If you are seeking an internship, FIN 543 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
Global Management Emphasis (12)

CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in global management is designed to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the various types of management and leadership so that you can become a more well-rounded manager, one who is better equipped to excel and meet the many different kinds of challenges encountered in today's ever-changing global marketplace.

MBA 546
MC 573
MC 585
MC 625
Choose one of the following:
MAL 545
MAL 560
If you are seeking an internship, MC 585 is required and you must choose three from the remaining courses.
Global Marketing Emphasis (12)
If you're seeking employment or greater opportunities at an advertising agency, marketing research organization, or in the marketing department of a manufacturing or service company, CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in marketing can help you achieve your goals. Topics you will explore include: strategic brand creation and management; consumer behavior; channel management; and public relations and media management.
MK 526
MK 527
MK 528
MK 529
MK 625
If you are seeking an internship, MK 526 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
Human Resource Management Emphasis (12)
With CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in HR management, you will be able to apply thte skills you learn in class directly to your job. You'll take focused coursework that will provide you with a broad and comprehensive knowledge base of the HR subject areas. This program will also help prepare you to be better equipped for the PHR/SPHR/GPHR certification exams offered by the HR Certification Institute.
HR 508
HR 510
HR 512
HR 625
MC 584
If you are seeking an internship, MC 584 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
Practicum (12)
Our standard MBA (with practicum) provides you with the opportunity to explore a specialty area with your electives yet still focus on the overall business plan process. You will also gain valuable real world experience working with real businesses, and addressing real issues. You will conclude the program by polishing your presentation skills and presenting your business plan to an outside panel of evaluators.
MBA 560
MBA 565
In addition to the above courses, choose six credits of approved graduate level elective coursework.
Project Management Emphasis (12)

Project management is a rapidly growing career field that is recognized and relevant in a broad range of disciplines and industries around the world, including government, military, manufacturing, transportation, health care, information technology and education.

City University of Seattle is recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Global Registered Education Provider. As such, you will gain credits toward PMI certification while attending class. In addition, you will be involved in a globally recognized professional development organization that aids in the networking that is critical to support your career development.

With CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in project management, you will be qualified for project and program management roles in a wide variety of organizations. (Note: Prerequisites for the following four emphasis courses will be waived for MBA students.)

PM 504
PM 507
PM 511
PM 514
PM 625
If you are seeking an internship, PM 504 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
*As part of the MBA business core, you may choose to take either MBA 515 - Project Management and Prioritization or you may take PM 501 - Introduction to Project Management. Taking PM 501 may lead to Project Management Professional Certification for the MBA with an emphasis in Project Management.
Sustainable Business Emphasis (12)
The concept of sustainability needs to be an important consideration for business today and into the future. It will become a larger part of all our lives as we explore ways to maintain economic growth while maintaining a healthy planet. City University of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in sustainable business provides skills that all business managers and leaders will need going forward as companies in the global marketplace increase their efforts to implement sustainable practices and achieve greater social justice. If you wish to play an active, more meaningful leadership role in tomorrow's business world, this emphasis is for you. You may also choose to take one additional class (ITMGMT 550 The Responsibilities of Global Citizenship) to earn a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business in addition to your M.B.A. degree.
MBA 575
MBA 580
MBA 585
MBA 625
MK 575
If you are seeking an internship, MBA 585 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.
Technology Management Emphasis (12)
If you're seeking a career or greater opportunities with a leading technology company or a technology-driven organization, CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in technology management will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need. This emphasis is specifically designed to teach you how to: manage technology projects; lead, coach and motivate a technology team; analyze a business process and identify opportunities for technology; and develop a business plan that integrates technology into the business enterprise.
ITMGMT 530
ITMGMT 540
ITMGMT 565
ITMGMT 575
ITMGMT 625
If you are seeking an internship, ITMGMT 565 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.

Language-Assisted Master of Business Administration Program

City University of Seattle offers a Language-Assisted Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program for students whose first language is not English. The program is designed to support students in building their English skills while taking academic courses. In addition to academic courses, students enroll in ELP courses which help advanced learners of English improve the quality of their academic and professional English abilities. Research and critical thinking skills are also emphasized. After completion of the required ELP courses students fulfill City University of Seattle's graduate English proficiency requirements*, and prepare for a career in business administration.

Talk with an admissions advisor to learn more.

*The English proficiency requirement for the Language-Assisted M.B.A. program is slightly lower than that of the regular M.B.A. However, if a student isn't able to meet the requirement or would prefer a refresher course, we also offer a University Preparation English Language Program.