Graduate and Doctoral Admissions
Admission Requirements for Doctoral Degree Programs
Students entering one of City University of Seattle’s Doctoral programs must meet the following admissions criteria:
- Hold a master’s degree from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution.
- Provide a C.V./resume.
- Provide three references with name, title, email, and phone contact information for professional, academic, or other associates who can attest to the student’s ability to be successful in a doctoral program.
- Submit responses to the Admissions Statement Questions.
- Provide proof of English proficiency according to established University policy.
- Complete an interview. Students will be contacted to schedule an interview once all of the application materials have been submitted.
Upon inquiry to the program, the advisor and program faculty will work with the student to facilitate the process of collecting the required information for the application.
Some City University of Seattle’s doctoral degrees may have additional admission requirements.
Students who have completed graduate or doctoral coursework at other recognized institutions may transfer up to 25% percent of the required degree credits, not to exceed a maximum of 12 quarter credits, toward a master’s or doctoral degree program. All transfer credits must reflect grades of 3.0 (B) or better. The 12 quarter credits may be transferred through course waiver, course substitution, or direct equivalency (or any combination of these), and must be equivalent to required CityU courses as determined by similar course numbers, titles, or content.
To earn a graduate degree, a student must earn all required credits in residency (i.e., via CityU courses taken in any delivery format) except for transfer quarter credits as limited by policy.
Exceptions for Dual Delivery, Bi-Lateral, Joint Delivered, and Partnered Agreement with Articulation Within a dual delivery, bilateral, joint-delivered, or partnered articulation agreement with another institution and by approval of the provost and school dean, CityU may accept up to 15 quarter credits in transfer in a graduate or doctoral degree program.
School-Specific Transfer-Credit Restrictions
The programs listed below have specific transfer credit restrictions in addition to the general guidelines listed above.
School of Management (SOM)
Coursework transferred into Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science, and Master of Public Administration degree programs must be directly equivalent to the appropriate CityU course, or degree-equivalent as determined by the dean. In MBA with elective option, up to six (6) of the maximum 12 quarter credits transferred may be in electives and thus not required to be direct equivalent to a CityU course. Students in the Doctor of Business Administration program, who have completed graduatelevel course work at other recognized institutions may transfer a maximum of 12 quarter credits toward equivalent courses in the, Application Block, Concentration or Core Research courses of a doctoral degree program, subject to approval by the Director. Such transfer may be limited by residency requirements for specific programs.
Albright School of Education (ASOE)
Credits transferred into the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program, must be:
- Earned at a regionally accredited institution or a school recognized by the Ministry of Education, if foreign
- Earned within the past six years unless approved by the dean
- Earned at the 500-level or equivalent, as noted on the external transcript or as stated in the outside institution’s catalog
- Completed with a grade of 3.0 (B) or higher
- Satisfy the requirements of the specific program. If the program has an elective requirement up to six (6) of the maximum 12 quarter credits transferred may be in electives and thus not required to be direct equivalent to a CityU course.
School of Arts and Sciences (SAS)
Coursework transferred into the Master of Arts in Counseling (US), and the Master of Counselling program (Canada) must be directly equivalent to the appropriate CityU course, or degree-equivalent as determined by the program director. Credits older than six years must be approved by the dean. School of Applied Leadership (SAL) Students who have completed graduate-level course work at other recognized institutions may transfer a maximum of 12 quarter credits toward equivalent courses in the Concentration or Core Research courses of a doctoral degree program, subject to approval by the Director. Such transfer may be limited by residency requirements for specific programs. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the school dean and the provost.