Master of Business Administration
Program DetailsThe 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, entrepreneurship, 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:
Flexible, Online Learning OptionsIn 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 YouThe 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:
Get Started Today!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.
Business Core Courses (36)
Successful managers need to understand the fundamentals of business practices within a global context. This course will introduce students to the overall MBA program where business decision-making through the use of simulations and practical, analytical, and conceptual foundations in team-based learning will be practiced. Learning how to find relevant data through the use of credible sources will also be a main focus of this course, including the development of effective communication skills.
The knowledge, competence and mastery of global business communication and research are essential for success in the global business environment. This course introduces students to the importance and power of intercultural communication and international research skills in the global business environment. Students will learn the most effective methods for communicating information, data, research and ideas to both external and internal multicultural stakeholders, and conducting international business research. Global Business Communication and Research is a course designed to help students understand, develop and strengthen communication skills required for success in global business, which includes multicultural domestic, international and multinational commerce.
The shift to a global economic environment has created a variety of challenges for modern organizations. As competition increases in established markets, developing new markets overseas has become a strategic alternative for many organizations. The challenges of such a strategy are many, not the least of which are legal challenges. Law for Global Business is a course designed to explore the legal content of multinational business operations, comparative law and regulation as established in the United States and selected Asian and European nations, and the legal liability in global commerce.
In this course students study the phases and processes essential for successful project management. Students practice the critical tasks associated with managing a single project using project management tools such as earned value management, network diagrams and critical path, and analyze the opportunities and constraints of managing several projects concurrently to best accomplish corporate strategic objectives. Prerequisites: MBA 500, MBA 501.
Managers need to be familiar with the powerful communications and information systems available in order to strategically employ them in an organization. This course introduces students to the complexities of managing with technology within the context of a multicultural, diverse, and global business environment. Students will explore how information and information processing can support an organization's strategic processes. Among the activities in this class, students will: evaluate key classes of systems used in modern business, including their potential impact on business processes; learn key steps in guiding the implementation of new systems, and explore how support systems enhance decision-making.
In this course, students analyze marketing principles that create competitive advantages in the market place. Students will analyze strategies related to product, price, promotion, and distribution. Applied marketing is a business function that identifies current unfilled needs and wants, defines and measures their magnitude, determines which target markets the organization can best serve, and decides on appropriate products, services, and programs to serve these markets. The purpose of this course is to focus on marketing strategies and the processes that are associated with it.
Organizations of the future must be able to adapt rapidly to a dynamic economic environment. Strategy, stakeholders, and information-based decision-making are the most important elements of managerial economics in a strategic systems organizational environment. Within this context, the course will provide an in-depth analysis of demand and supply market pricing and customer behavior. Topics will include estimating production costs and profit maximization in different market environments; fundamentals of project analysis; how customers choose goods and services; and strategies for hiring, pricing, production, and advertising.
In this course, students learn to analyze different internal management information to make decisions about pricing, inventory procurement, make or buy alternatives, and production volume. They will also learn to develop budgets and analyze performance against their projections. Students' knowledge is applied to create financial statements and forecasts related to their business proposal. Presentation of findings is emphasized.
This course examines the theory and practice of business finance from a decision-maker's perspective. Using quantitative and qualitative tools, students will recommend company strategy relating to capital structure, sources of short-term and long-term capital, and asset management, based on both internal analyses and the influence of financial markets and institutions. Practical applications will help students understand how financial management supports other components of a firm's overall business strategy. The course explores the different methods of presenting financial information to a range of audiences and the special challenges involved in managing the finances of international firms.
Competence working with diverse individuals in organizations is essential for success in the global business environment. This course covers the interplay and impact of organizational culture and structure, politics, ethics, diversity, teams, and leadership styles in decision-making and achieving organizational goals. Students will learn about different organizational structural frames, leadership styles, understanding and managing diversity, managing ethically, and positive and negative organizational politics. Prerequisites: MBA 500, MBA 501.
In this course, students will learn about the design, analysis, planning, and control of business processes to achieve desired performance objectives. Topics include the relationship between operations strategy and process structure; the impact of process structure on process performance; process performance measures and their relationships; process performance evaluation; managerial levers for improving and controlling process performance and systems; and managerial issues in planning and designing quality assurance systems.
In this course students will study various strategies used in business today. Students will analyze several cases, to compare and contrast the details of different types of strategies used successfully and unsuccessfully by various companies. Students will explore the ways different strategies can affect marketing, financial conditions, competitive ability, operations, and human resources.
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.
This course provides a review of technical accounting materials and helps students explore the opportunities and challenges of being a CPA. Technical coverage of topics historically addressed in the 'Financial Accounting & Reporting' section of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination is addressed using Becker materials. Students gain knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in relation to business entities, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations and apply knowledge using analytical skills and evaluation techniques. Professional development is encouraged through student interaction. Prerequisites: Students must have completed a major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level before registering for this course. A major in accounting consists of courses in the intermediate accounting series, audit, business law, tax, and management accounting. Courses must be, at a minimum, at the 300 level or higher if undergraduate courses or MBA courses. Courses should begin with the letters 'AC' or 'ACC' and be intended for accounting majors.
This course provides a review of technical auditing materials and helps students explore the opportunities and challenges of being a CPA. Technical coverage of topics historically addressed in the 'Regulation' section of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination is addressed using Becker materials. Students gain knowledge and understanding of business law, professional ethics, legal responsibilities, and federal taxation and apply knowledge using analytical skills and evaluation techniques. Professional development is encouraged through student interaction. Prerequisites: Students must have completed a major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level before registering for this course. A major in accounting consists of courses in the intermediate accounting series, audit, business law, tax, and management accounting. Courses must be, at a minimum, at the 300 level or higher if undergraduate courses or MBA courses. Courses should begin with the letters 'AC' or 'ACC' and be intended for accounting majors.
This course provides a review of technical auditing materials and helps students explore the opportunities and challenges of being a CPA. Technical coverage of topics historically addressed in the 'Auditing and Attestation' section of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination are addressed using Becker materials. Students gain knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) in relation to auditing and attestation engagements and apply knowledge using analytical skills and evaluation techniques. Professional development is encouraged through student interaction. Prerequisites: Students must have completed a major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level before registering for this course. A major in accounting consists of courses in the intermediate accounting series, audit, business law, tax, and management accounting. Courses must be, at a minimum, at the 300 level or higher if undergraduate courses or MBA courses. Courses should begin with the letters 'AC' or 'ACC' and be intended for accounting majors.
This course provides a review of technical auditing materials and helps students explore the opportunities and challenges of being a CPA. Technical coverage of topics historically addressed in the 'Business Environment and Concepts' section of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination is addressed using Becker materials. Students gain knowledge and understanding of business environment as a whole in conjunction with analyzing the specific operations of a business and apply knowledge using analytical skills and evaluation techniques. Professional development is encouraged through student interaction. Prerequisites: Students must have completed a major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level before registering for this course. A major in accounting consists of courses in the intermediate accounting series, audit, business law, tax, and management accounting. Courses must be, at a minimum, at the 300 level or higher if undergraduate courses or MBA courses. Courses should begin with the letters 'AC' or 'ACC' and be intended for accounting majors.
This internship course within the accounting emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of accounting knowledge. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of accounting.
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.
This course focuses on organizational coaching from a whole-systems perspective and explores coaching theories and models useful for individual and task force professional development, development of individual and organizational goals, evaluation and monitoring of goal attainment, strategic process, and leadership effectiveness. Empowerment and motivation processes will be explored to prepare you to become an effective change agent. You will learn how to confront difficult situations and reinforce motivational behaviors. Critical thinking will be introduced to expose you to the art of systems thinking as a method of creative problem solving.
This course will synthesize the challenge of leadership. Leaders are faced with a multitude of challenges from relationship building, participatory leadership, building trust, collaboration, delegation, training, and professional development. You will explore role-modeling, shared vision, process evaluation, empowerment, and methods to create a foundation of mutual respect and trust that empowers internal and external stakeholders to positively embrace your organizational mission and vision.
This course will explore diversity of individual and organizational perspectives as a catalyst to understanding and applying differences as a method of continuous process improvement. You will be challenged to strengthen and widen your definition of leadership from insightful examples and sharing of best practices. Decision making will be analyzed in the context of applying executive and emotional intelligence with diverse perspectives that challenge you to develop sustainable growth as a leader in a learning organization. Change management will be explored in context of a leadership challenge of balancing risks and opportunities through collaboration with stakeholders. Students explore emerging change management issues through systematic perspectives and discussions. You will develop a plan to transform a culture and sustain excellence.
This course focuses on values-based thinking with an overview of legal and ethical considerations encountered by leaders. Professional understanding, internal and external politics, and personal integration are explored in the context of effective decision making and moral leadership. Personal, organizational, and societal influences will be examined.
This internship course within the Change Leadership emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of organizational and management theories and concepts. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of organizational management.
Entrepreneurship Emphasis (12)
CityU has been an innovator in education and now is bringing this innovative spirit in a practical way with an emphasis in entrepreneurship to its MBA program. This academic emphasis is designed to provide you with real-world learning taught by experienced entrepreneur faculty and mentors. Small business accounts for nearly 40 percent of the U.S. GNP. Global studies have shown that entrepreneurs are crucial to economic growth. The key to entrepreneurial success is more than a great idea. It takes excellent operational and financial execution coupled with entrepreneurial energy. In this emphasis area, you will learn what can make your new business venture or product successful. Throughout the four courses you will take, you can work on your own entrepreneurial project while you practice what you learn in class. This emphasis area will enable students to gain knowledge on various aspects of starting a business including funding; vetting the concept; business plan development and presentation; startup marketing; everyday financial issues; risk management; registration of a new business; security issues; bankruptcy; and exit strategies.
Innovation and development of new products and services are essential for the success of any organization. This course discusses the stages in the new product development process and avenues for making the process more productive. Specific topics covered include entrepreneur leadership tools, creative techniques for idea generation, analytical techniques and tests for new products and services. The course has both a creativity and quantitative focus and addresses issues that are very relevant to managers on a day-to-day basis and is useful if the student is creating a neighborhood establishment, a global trading business or a tech start-up.
Financial knowledge is the biggest predictor of success or failure of a business. This course analyzes the unique financial issues facing entrepreneurial firms. Topics include assessing financial performance, financial forecasting and planning, financial management of rapidly growing businesses, start-up ventures, valuation, sources of financing, and daily accounting issues.
This course focuses on application of key strategic and managerial approaches necessary for entrepreneurs to plan for a start-up business. It examines and discusses how entrepreneurial firms develop and implement innovative business plans, create functional operations, develop strategic alliances, and incorporate technology and exit strategies. Students address legal issues such as business entity formation and intellectual property.
In today's online world, marketing and funding have been transformed. The course examines the skills and tools entrepreneurs need for bootstrap marketing in their firms, this includes funding marketing, distribution, customer service, and promotion. Marketing, legal and human resource issues for new businesses are covered. The capstone project includes posting the proposed new business pitch on a crowd-funding site.
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.
In this class students will understand and be able to analyze the appropriate use of methods of capital formation. The Financing of new and growing ventures has, along with most economic activity become global as well as local in scope. Venture Capital firms, Angel Investors, Capital Management Companies, Investment Banks, and other entities now operate everywhere, and their impact on capital formation and corporate management is profound. In addition to describing how these methods of capital formation function, this course will survey the methods used to implement mergers and buyouts when they are adopted as part of a company's strategy. Prerequisites: MBA 535.
In this course students will learn the role of banking in business development and management. From the use of micro-loans in developing economies, through local and regional service banks, to the role of national and multi-national institutions, students will learn how banks function. Special topics will include investment banks and the function of institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The global flow of capital, in part facilitated through the back offices of global banks, has tied the world's economies. Prerequisites: MBA 540.
In this course students will learn how the markets in securities and capital investments work in detail. The course will also describe how securities are valued, how portfolios are managed, and the role of debt instruments such as bonds. Finally, the dynamics of behavioral finance, and its effect on trading and value will be surveyed. The trading of stocks and bonds has become global. The market in equity and debt instruments now is a 24 hour system. This course takes a comprehensive overview look at how markets are organized and how trading occurs. It establishes a framework for understanding how existing markets are established, how trading occurs in them, and how they evolve over time. The skills learners will gain will have profound long tem impacts on their personal lives as well as in their professional responsibilities.
In this course the student will explore key finance issues in public organizations and not for profit corporations. The broad content will include public sector bonding and levying fees, to the role of philanthropy funding in major Non Governmental Organization [NGO] operations. Different methods of budgeting and accounting from corporate methods will also be presented. The role of finance in the public and not for profit sectors has become central to the stability of the world economy. On the local level, governments and not for profit corporations provide critical services. Internationally, NGOs play major roles in mediating key global problems. Governments financed projects, from the Five Gorges Dam in China, to the new tide regulation project in Venice and to the rebuilding of Port infrastructure in Seattle, have wide ranging local and global impacts. Prerequisites: MBA 535 or applicable prior experience in accounting, MBA 540.
This internship course within the finance emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of financial theories and concepts. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of finance.
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.
European Union (3)
This course is designed to provide a practical perspective on doing business in the European Union. The primary focus will be on the internal market and those policies and institutions which directly affect the economic environment within the EU. The course will examine the harmonization of policies across Europe but also address the diversity of member states and how that fragments the market and affects business and functional-area strategies. Upon completing the course, students will be able to make informed strategic decisions about how businesses can best capitalize on the opportunities that the European market provides. Prerequisites: MBA 500, MBA 501.
All businesses need to understand the current international business environment. From a strategic systems perspective, the international market is considered from the viewpoint of competition and emerging opportunities. Internal functional operations need to conform to international requirements with reference to marketing, taxation, finance, management, and labor. This course explores cultural, social and political forces, and governmental regulations that affect strategies and profit.
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This internship course within the Global Management emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of global business diversity theories and concepts. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of global management.
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This course focuses on values-based thinking with an overview of legal and ethical considerations encountered by leaders. Professional understanding, internal and external politics, and personal integration are explored in the context of effective decision making and moral leadership. Personal, organizational, and societal influences will be examined.
This course explores global leadership strategies to achieve global competitive advantage. Cross-cultural training, relationship-building, and expatriate management will be examined. You will be exposed to specific leadership and personality traits, methods of processing and classifying information, communication strategies, and training necessary for developing positive presence in the global arena.
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.
This course introduces students to the concept of brand and branding. The course examines the brand concept, recognizing brand management as a critical component in the development of successful marketing strategies and execution of effective marketing plans. The course provides understanding of how consumer behavior and culture influence the creation and management of a successful brand, product, or product category. The course explores brand-product strategies and research techniques and analytical processes contributing to the advent and management of effective and successful brand-product strategies. Course emphasis is on utilization of data rather than its collection. This course is designed to build on and apply conceptual tools acquired in MBA 525 and relate them to brand creation and management. Class projects include a group brand design project integrating content throughout the course and an individual brand portfolio assessment providing opportunity to analyze selected brands in greater detail. Prerequisites: MBA 525.
This course examines the consumer behavior process and what, when, why, where and how consumers choose products and services. It explores how consumer behavior is influenced by marketers' actions. The different steps in the consumer behavior process will be evaluated to gain awareness of how various products, services and circumstances can be adapted for managerial decisions on segmentation and positioning. The relationship of consumer behavior to marketing research is addressed promoting clarity in the selection of research methodology, question design and selection and the interpretation and analysis of consumer responses to such questions. Class projects include a team project focused on discovering an unmet consumer need and designing a product and marketing plan to address that a need. Prerequisites: MBA 525.
This course examines strategic issues involved in managing marketing channels. Interrelationships between manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are assessed to bring insight to the challenge of channel cooperation, conflict, coordination and control, and power relationships. Strategic distribution choices and the management of interorganizational relationships are investigated to assist in the development of systems and behavioral approaches that enable customers to be serviced at higher levels at a lower total cost. Class projects include a team project focused on identifying and solving a channel conflict by developing a channel management plan to address or resolve the conflict. Prerequisites: MBA 525.
This course examines theories of public relations, historical development of the field and role in society, function, and the influence of public relations on marketing strategy and corporate and organizational effectiveness. Emphasis on the relationship between policy formulation and the communication process is applied. How concerns and issues of the organization's various publics are identified and managed through the planning process and implemented in information and public relations programs is addressed. Message selection, choice of appropriate media technologies, design, strategies, budgeting and follow-up structures is investigated. Interaction between Public Relations and media is probed including how organizations develop collaborative and cooperative media relations with press, broadcast, internet and other outlets. Class projects include a team project identifying a concern or an issue for advocacy of an organization's publics and developing a PR Campaign Plan to advocate on behalf of the issue or resolve the concern or conflict. Prerequisites: MBA 525.
This internship course within the Global Marketing emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of global marketing and integrated marketing. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of marketing.
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.
This course examines staffing, training, and organizational development techniques organizations use to build group and individual skills while tying anticipated results to improvements in organizational effectiveness. The course also focuses on policies and procedures for both short- and long-range human resource planning for a competent work force, job analysis, legal compliance, recruitment and selection, employee separations and retention, training, and career management.
This course focuses on current legislative and administrative requirements imposed on business in the area of employment and labor relations. Emphasis is on areas regulated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Act, and Federal Labor Relations Board. Topics include the following: Fair Labor Standards Act, employee benefits, tort and law issues of particular concern to human resource managers, labor laws, collective bargaining, contract negotiations, and unfair labor practices.
The course examines contemporary issues and problems in compensation and benefits management and surveys concepts and processes for compensating employees. Topics include indirect and direct compensation, legally required employee benefits and voluntary programs, governmental regulations, and external social factors affecting compensation.
This internship course within the Human Resource Management emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of the human resources functions. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of human resource management.
This course covers the optimum organization and employment of human resources to accomplish strategic organizational objectives; personnel functions in recruitment, selection, training, promotion and succession planning; relevant behavioral research; legal environment; comparison and contrast of the public and private sectors.
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.
In this course you will prepare for your application project. You will exercise the interviewing, project planning, proposal writing and other skills learned in the program in a real world situation. Prerequisites: This course is to be taken at the end of the MBA program after all of the required MBA core courses. Exceptions to this policy will require the approval of the MBA Program Director.
In this course you will complete your application project and write up the results. You will spend time reflecting on your leadership and management style as it has evolved throughout the program. You will polish your presentation skills by presenting your Practicum results to an outside panel of evaluators. Prerequisites: This course is to be taken at the end of the MBA after all of the required MBA core courses. Students must have completed MBA 560 or be enrolled concurrently in this course.
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.)
Effective planning is central to project management success. This course will examine project scope and schedule development processes based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Advanced schedule development processes will be addressed, enabling the student to create a Work Breakdown Structure and to define and sequence activities into a project schedule. Scheduling techniques such as the use of activity calendars and the application of baselines for analyzing schedule performance against plan will be covered. The student will also explore the basic concepts of portfolio management, the use of project control techniques in managing multiple projects, and learn how to make effective project presentations. The assignments and core concepts in PM 504 are continued in PM 507. Prerequisites: PM 501.
Cost, scope, and schedule are considered the triad of project management. This course is a continuation of PM 504 and will focus on the cost leg of that triangle and earned value management. Project activity-based financial principles will be presented to support the assignment of resource and cost loaded schedules for performing budget planning and estimating. You will learn cost estimating methods, budgeting, performance measurement and controls, as well as various project financial management terms, techniques, and tools and how to apply them in managing the various phases of a typical project. Topics will include an introduction to ANSI 748 Earned Value Standards. You will resource and cost load the schedule you developed in PM 504 and experiment with methods to deal with changes that affect the successful outcome of your project. Prerequisites: PM 501 and PM 504.
Ensuring project health is a vital concern for all project managers. This certification course focuses on the underlying business goals that drive the need for projects. The course is designed to help project managers develop and implement a set of performance measures that evaluate and facilitate achievement of goals for the project and the business. Students will learn to integrate the historic triple constraint project performance measures (time, budget, and quality) with a larger set of business measures specific to operational and customer needs that together can define a successful project. Through this process of measuring performance, students learn how to determine and integrate appropriate performance targets, measures and metrics, then detail the means to collect baseline and actual performance data necessary to measure, analyze, trend and report findings and recommendations to project stakeholders. Prerequisites: PM 501.
The work of a project manager is continually challenging and situational based upon the broader business context in which a project operates. This integration course is conducted using multiple simulations that allow students to apply critical elements of project management in a variety of real-world scenarios and situational contexts. Applying knowledge from prior coursework in simulations will build practical understanding and integration of core project management tools and activities. In concert with the simulations, students are professionally facilitated through a process of reflective learning about the simulations, the project management discipline, and their planned career. The integrative learning summarizes the prior course work while preparing students for the remaining courses in the master's program. Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management and ready to proceed toward higher levels of learning in the MSPM degree program. Prerequisites: PM 501, PM 504.
This internship course within the Project Management emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of project management solutions. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of project management.
*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.
As future business leaders, it is important that students understand the problems that they will be facing as well as the changing landscape in which they will conduct business. This course introduces students to the impacts that both individuals and corporations are having on the environment and helps them understand the urgent need for solutions to today's environmental problems. Business leaders of both today and tomorrow are going to be faced with unprecedented environmental and social challenges that can no longer be ignored. This course not only presents an overview of environmental problems but challenges students to begin to think about possible solutions.
This course provides a framework for developing a sound business operating model while accounting for the company's social and environmental impact. Students will begin their analysis by building on the traditional financial statement model and then applying triple bottom line analysis (social, environmental, and economic) to render environmentally sustainable business applications. Students will learn to apply principles such as ecological economics, socially responsible financing and investing, accounting for carbon credits, corporate social responsibility, and accounting for green house gas emissions to decipher environmentally sound operating principles and integrate these principles into a business case for sustainability. Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MBA 535 or have completed AC 215 or the equivalent.
This course examines how to move from an idea to the successful launch of new sustainable ventures, either by starting a new enterprise or leading a new initiative within an established business. Students will analyze new models of business leadership that emphasize environmental concerns, ethical and ecological considerations, and a long-term sustainable time horizon as starting points to become a successful entrepreneur. The focus will be on how to achieve desired outcomes in areas such as alternative energies, clean technology, and social entrepreneurship. Students will analyze sustainable business plans to evaluate the extent to which they support sustainable entrepreneurship and will use this analysis to develop sustainable business plans of their own. Course Entry Requirements: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MBA 530 or equivalent, or by Program Director's approval.
This internship course within the Sustainable Business emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of ethics and sustainability theories and concepts. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of sustainable business.
This course introduces the basic concepts of sustainable or green marketing with a focus on how businesses can incorporate sustainable concerns into their marketing and management programs. The ultimate aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of tools to address sustainable values in all aspects of marketing to improve the performance of the firm. The potential and pitfalls of sustainable marketing will be explored in an international context with theory, cases, readings, and examples from current industrial situations. Topics will include green consumerism, environmental and sustainable certification and labeling, chain of custody issues, trends in green building, life cycle analysis, product development, stakeholder engagement, promotions and public relations, and segmentation to develop niche strategies for environmentally conscious consumers.
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.
This course will explore information technology innovation from a process perspective. The course will begin by looking at the trends that are influencing the future of technology, and then examine what those trends will demand in terms of business and technology process innovations. A variety of process improvement models will be studied, including Capability Modeling, Agile software development, Lean and Six Sigma approaches to continuous improvement and others, all with the goal of assembling a tool kit of techniques and approaches for managing the integration of IT processes with evolving business models. Pre-requisites for MS in Technology Management students: ITMGMT 500 and 601.
Businesses are increasingly become dependent on and dominated by technology. It is critical for executives to understand how to integrate and leverage technology to accomplish the business strategy of the enterprise. To enable that goal, the course shows students how to analyze the role and application of technology within the context of a specific industry and to develop a technology strategy aligned with the business strategy. Students develop plans to implement their technology strategies and to assess the effectiveness of the technology organization through the use of balanced scorecards. Students are also introduced to the role of the executive in information assurance.
Emerging technologies present challenges to businesses. They can be a disruptive force in an industry. Companies which embrace new technologies have the opportunity to become leaders in the marketplace, but often at the cost of sacrificing their existing business models. In this course, students will seek to understand the changes that are occurring as a result of new technologies and explore how companies and organizations can benefit from technology trends rather than being overwhelmed by them. Students gain the ability to recognize and anticipate the potential applications of emerging technologies.
This course presents the challenge of implementing technology in an organizational environment. Topics will include the principles of systems thinking, the process of transition at the individual and organizational level, and the dynamic nature of working in a distributed collaborative environment. You will propose a technology, assess an organization's readiness for change and develop a plan for addressing potential obstacles as part of a transition management plan. Rather than working independently, you will be placed in roles on a multi-functional implementation team and challenged to integrate your plans with your classmates' in a virtual environment. You will emerge from this course with an increased appreciation of the many factors that influence the success of technology adoption and the ability to collaborate as members of transition management teams to ensure successful implementations. Prerequisites: ITMGMT 500, 601 and 602.
This internship course within the Technology Management emphasis area provides students with a business-related learning experience designed to enhance the understanding of business practices within a given field. Students will focus on the development of professional practice including the application of IT process and tools. By the end of the course students will have a deeper understanding of the real life work environment in the field of technology management.
Language-Assisted Master of Business Administration ProgramCity 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.