Undergraduate Programs

Applicants must submit a detailed professional resume and a personally written essay to describe his/her experience and readiness to undertake the program of study. Each essay needs to include:

  • Statement about self-direction and time management skills (accustomed to working with little to no guidance, comfortable structuring and following self-imposed deadlines, etc.)
  • Description of how the student plans to find the time for this academic effort (15-20 credits in a given quarter). How will the student make sure this fits with work and family life?

Applicants must complete an interview with administrative faculty and must submit the following:

  1. Official passing scores on each section of the Washington Educators Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B) or passing a state-approved test for Math, Reading, and Writing
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Three reference letters

Applicants to one of the Alternative Route programs must also meet the following criteria:

Route 1:

  1. A transferable associate degree, or associate degree, or associate of applied science, or 90 quarter credits or the equivalent in semester credits from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of student interaction and leadership.

Route 2:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of student interaction and leadership.

Routes 3 and 4:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and
  2. External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers.

Note: Applicants for alternative route programs who are eligible veterans or National Guard members and who meet the entry requirements for the alternative route program for which application is made shall be given preference in admission.

Applicant must submit a written essay of 1-2 pages that includes the following:

  • Personal experience: Describes briefly one or two important life events that have contributed to the applicant’s identity and view of the world.
  • Professional experience: Describes briefly the applicant’s past and current experiences working with people.
  • Professional goal statement: States the applicant’s reasons for wanting to complete a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology or human services.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services must submit a signed acknowledgement of “Student Information Statement Regarding Internships and Criminal Background Checks.”

Graduate Programs

Master of Science Computer Science

Applicants to the Master of Science Computer Science program must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0. This requirement may be met with:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor’s or Master’s in Computer Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, or an ABET-accredited program

OR

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in another field and substantial experience working in the areas of computer programming languages, data management and database design, and OS theory

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree in another field with evidence of completion of undergraduate courses or their equivalent of:
  • 10-quarter hour credits at the intermediate level in at least one computer programming language
  • 5-quarter credits of data management including basic database design and SQL/Queries
  • 5-quarter credits of operating systems including OS theory, memory management, IO, and process management

If students cannot provide evidence of completing these courses or their equivalents, then they must take courses in these areas prior to beginning the program. The credits for those courses will not apply to their graduate degree.

Master of Arts in Counseling (USA) or Master of Counselling (Canada)

All applicants to the Master of Arts in Counseling (USA) or Master of Counselling (Canada) must provide the following:

  1. Evidence of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in undergraduate degree program
  2. Three (3) confidential letters of professional reference
  3. A writing sample defining professional goals and addressing past and current experience relevant to becoming a counselor. Guidelines for writing the sample paper will be sent from the academic advising office. The writing sample will be used to determine whether minimum qualifications have been met for admission to the program.
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Completed, signed background information form, with a history free of convictions for criminal misdemeanors and felonies. Applicants who have such a history may be denied a professional credential at the state level (see RCW 18.130 for US program). The background information form must be submitted prior to the interview process.
  6. Interview with the program director/coordinator or designee

Master of Counselling – British Columbia, Canada

All applicants for admission to the Master of Counselling program in BC who do not have undergraduate degrees with coursework showing fundamental knowledge of any or all of the following foundational modalities: personality, cognition, learning, and human development, or who through examination procedures do not demonstrate competencies in any or all of these four foundational areas, will be required to complete one or more of the following courses from the University’s Bachelor of Applied Psychology program, or equivalents from a recognized post-secondary institution:

  • PSY 202 Understanding Human Development
  • PSY 314 Personality Theory
  • PSY 315 Learning Theory
  • PSY 413 Neuropsychology

If the applicant has no counselling experience, a minimum of 50 hours of community social service volunteer experience is recommended.

Master of Counselling – Alberta, Canada

All applicants for admission to the Master of Counselling program in Alberta who do not have undergraduate degrees with coursework showing fundamental knowledge of any or all of the following foundational modalities — personality, learning, and human development , or who through examination procedures do not demonstrate competencies in any or all of these three foundational areas, will be required to complete one or more of the following courses from the University’s Bachelor of Applied Psychology program, or equivalents from a recognized post-secondary institution:

  • PSY 202 Understanding Human Development
  • PSY 314 Personality Theory
  • PSY 315 Learning Theory

If the applicant has no counselling experience, a minimum of 50 hours of community social service volunteer experience is recommended.

Master in Teaching

Every applicant to the Master in Teaching (MIT) degree programs and to graduate certificate programs is required to hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants must complete an interview with administrative faculty and must submit the following:

  1. Passing score for all required credential tests as established by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board
  2. Passing scores on Washington State NES 102 and 103 tests
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Three references

Master In Education

Every applicant to the Master in Education (MEd) degree program and to graduate certificate programs is required to hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants must complete an interview with administrative faculty and must submit the following:

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Three references

Alternative Routes Certificate Program for Master In Education

Applicants to one of the Alternative Route programs must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Passing score for all required credential tests as established by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board
  2. Documentation of 80 hours of supervised work with children
  3. Route specific requirements as follows:
  • Route 2: District or building validation of qualifications, including one year of student interaction and leadership.
  • Routes 3 and 4: External validation of qualifications, including demonstrated experience with students or children, such as reference letters and letters of support from previous employers.

Note: Applicants for alternative route programs who are eligible veterans or National Guard members and who meet the entry requirements for the alternative route program for which application is made shall be given preference in admission.

Master of Education Educational Leadership Program Administrator/Graduate Certificate Program Administrators

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have master’s degree or doctorate with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  2. A hard copy, front and back, of a valid teaching of ESA certification
  3. Completed “Verification of Prerequisite Teaching or ESA Experience” form
  4. Provide a resume outline professional history and education
  5. Provide responses to the nine questions listed on the “Educational Leadership Program: Writing Assessment” form
  6. Provide three (3) references with name, position/title, school/ district/organization, email address, and daytime phone numbers for the following:
  • Current supervisor (administrator who will serve as your mentor)
  • District or executive level administrator
  • Personal reference

Graduate Certificate: Executive Leadership Superintendent Certificate

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  1. A master’s degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. A hard copy, front and back, of a valid state license of certification in one or more of the following areas:
  • Educational staff associate
  • Teaching
  • Program administrator
  • Principal
  1. Other license or certification from another state or licensing association
  2. Possess three to five (3-5) years of successful experience as an administrator (school, business, government, military, or other profession)
  3. Provide three (3) references with name, position/title, school/ district/organization, email address and daytime phone numbers for the following:
  • Current supervisor
  • District or executive level administrator
  • Personal reference
  1. Provide responses to the nine questions listed on the “Educational Leadership Program: Executive Leadership Writing Assessment” form

Note: Admissions to any program on a non-degree seeking basis will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

International Students

The following are the admission requirements for studying in the U.S. and Canada.

Admission of U.S. Visa Holders to Study in the U.S.

In addition to the admissions criteria outlined above, students from other countries applying to study at City University of Seattle teaching locations in the U.S. who hold visas must submit the following:

  1. Copy of the student passport including identification page, expiration date, and U.S. visa page
  2. Copy of U.S. Immigration Form I-94 if currently in the U.S., or upon arrival
  3. Admission of F-1 Student Visa-Status Holders in the U.S.

City University of Seattle is authorized under federal law to admit non-immigrant foreign students. In addition to the above requirements, applicants with F-1 visa status must submit the following:

  1. Financial declaration form
  2. Current bank statement and sponsor statement, if applicable

Upon meeting all admission requirements, the Form I-20 will be issued to the student. Students, outside the U.S., must present a Form I-20 to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for an F-1 student visa.

Lawful F-1 students whose Form I-20s are transferable from other U.S. institutions are not required to leave the U.S. before starting their studies at City University of Seattle as permitted by U.S. federal law.

Transfer students are also required to submit:

  • Copies of U.S. Immigration Form I-20(s) previously issued
  • Completed International Student transfer evaluation form
  • Copy of employment authorization document, if applicable

Admission to a program of study does not guarantee admission to the University as an F-1 visa holder.

Admission of International Students to Study in Canada

The instructional locations in British Columbia and Alberta are authorized by the Canadian government to admit international students. International applicants who want to study in Canada, and also Canadian students who transfer from other Canadian institutions, must follow the same procedures as those who study in the U.S. In addition to the admissions criteria outlined above, students must submit the following:

  1. Copy of the identification page of the student passport
  2. Current bank statement and sponsor statement if applicable

Upon acceptance to City University of Seattle, students will be issued a letter of admission. To obtain a student visa, this letter must be presented to the closest Canadian consular or immigration office. Students should consult the international student advisor at the Vancouver B.C. teaching location. Also, students may visit the Citizen and Immigration Canada website for helpful information on studying in Canada. 

Continuous Enrollment for International Students

To maintain student visa status, U.S. and Canadian immigration laws require international students to be in continuous full-time enrollment. City University of Seattle defines international student full-time status as follows:

  • Undergraduate programs – 15 credits per term
  • Graduate programs – six credits per term
  • English as a Second Language program – 20 hours per week

Distance learning courses DO NOT contribute to full-time status as defined by U.S./Canadian immigration regulations.

Medical Insurance Requirements for International Students

Before becoming enrolled, international students on student visas in the U.S. or Canada are required to present proof that they have active medical insurance meeting the University established minimum coverage or enroll in the CityU sponsored international student health insurance plan. Details regarding the international student health insurance plan are available by contacting the International Student Office at iso@cityu.edu.

Employment for International Students

U.S. and Canadian immigration laws prescribes the terms and conditions under which students holding a visa may be employed. International students are permitted to accept employment consistent with either U.S. or Canadian immigration regulations.

Visiting International Students to the U.S. or Canada

Undergraduate and graduate students from other countries who are pursuing degrees full-time at another institution are welcome to register for courses at City University of Seattle. As visiting scholars, they are required to present a letter from their home school stating that they are in good standing and are eligible to take coursework elsewhere. Upon presentation of the letter and proof of English proficiency, these students may register at City University of Seattle. Additional documentation may be required depending on the desired classes. City University of Seattle does not issue the Form I-20 to visiting international students in the U.S. or a letter of admission in Canada. A visiting international student is also required to pay a nonrefundable application fee.

Non-Degree Seeking or Certificate (Non-Matriculated) Applicants

Undergraduate Courses

Applicants not seeking a degree or certificate who wish to take undergraduate courses must show proof of English proficiency. Their enrollment status will be designated as No Intended Degree.

Graduate Courses

Applicants not seeking a degree or certificate who wish to take graduate level courses must show proof of English proficiency and hold a four-year or approved three-year bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution. Their enrollment status will be designated as No Intended Degree.

Continuing Education Courses

Applicants not seeking a degree or certificate who only wish to enroll in continuing education courses are not required to provide documentation unless otherwise noted by individual course entry requirements. Their enrollment status will be designated as Continuing Education. Continuing education coursework is not applicable to degree or certificate study.

Active-duty Military Students and Eligible Dependents

A Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) agreement is valid for seven years from the date of agreement, assuming the student does not take any break longer than two years. After two years of non-enrollment, in any home school or secondary SOC approved school, SOC agreements are no longer valid. Although City University of Seattle no longer issues new SOC agreements, existing agreements will be honored.

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