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An MBA that Prepares You for Industry Certifications

The Master of Business Administration program at City University of Seattle prepares you to lead, manage, and grow diverse organizations. You can customize the MBA program to your personal career goals by choosing one of six emphases, which include accounting, human resource management, project management, and more. These emphases offer a focused curriculum that prepares you to sit for a variety of in-demand industry certifications exams.

In addition to our popular online MBA program, CityU offers weekday in-class, mixed-mode, and intensive weekend MBA Seattle programs, so you can choose the schedule that works for you.

CityU has consistently been ranked a top producer of MBAs in Washington State. In 2014, our online MBA program ranked among the top 15 programs in the country by over 70,000 students surveyed by GraduatePrograms.com.

In this innovative MBA program, students can select from one of 6 emphases. Each emphasis will prepare you for a specific industry certification exam.

Your MBA from CityU will position you for advancement into managerial roles while sharpening your business acumen and communication skills. If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you qualify to apply. We are confident the skills you’ll learn here will prepare you for success, so we don’t require the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or any other standardized test for enrollment consideration.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the MBA Seattle program, you’ll learn to:

  • Leverage managerial effectiveness through recognition of individual strengths, values, and leadership strategies
  • Plan, strategize, and capitalize on business trends and opportunities in a rapidly changing global environment
  • Apply a broad range of comprehensive business theories, disciplines, and technology
  • Critically use information and results to identify problems, solutions, and opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate clear, concise, and persuasive communication skills that enable you to lead, manage, and participate in diverse organizations
  • Identify and develop positive personal traits and ethical awareness
  • Envision, create, and implement strategies that promote and establish a strong social response and connection to a company, product, idea, or service
  • Recognize the diversity in global business and cultural practices and respond in a socially appropriate manner
  • Apply socially responsible and sustainable business practices to an organization

Student Achievement

Total Required Credits (48-54 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Foundations (3 Credits)

MBA 11 MBA Common Professional Components (3)

Business Core Required Courses (36 Credits)

MBA 500 Essentials of Business Management (3)

MBA 501 Global Business Communication and Research (3)

MBA 511 Law for Global Business (3)

MBA 515 Project Management and Prioritization (3)

MBA 520 Managing with Technology (3)

MBA 525 Applied Marketing (3)

MBA 531 Applied Managerial Economics (3)

MBA 535 Managerial Accounting (3)

MBA 540 Strategic Financial Management (3)

MBA 545 People and Systems in Organizations (3)

MBA 550 Business Operations (3)

MBA 555 Business Strategy (3)

Emphasis Requirements (12-15 Credits)

Choose from one of the following emphasis areas: 


Public Accounting Emphasis

CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in accounting will prepare you for the professional challenges of becoming a CPA, 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 CPA 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 CPA Review - Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) (3)

AC 531 CPA Review - Regulation (REG) (3)

AC 532 CPA Review - Auditing and Attestation (AUD) (3)

AC 533 CPA Review - Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) (3)

[OPTIONAL] AC 625 Accounting Internship (3)

Management Accounting Emphasis

The MBA with a public accounting emphasis prepares students for the professional challenges of becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Diploma will note emphasis in Public Accounting. Completion provides the depth and breadth of knowledge required to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination that will enable students to function productively in a CPA firm.

ISEC 500 Cybersecurity Overview (3)

AC 540 Auditing Techniques (3)

AC 501 Applied Management Accounting Concepts I (3)

AC 502 Applied Management Accounting Concepts II (3)

[OPTIONAL] AC 625 Accounting Internship (3)

Change Leadership Emphasis

Developing a competitive advantage in today’s business climate requires leaders who adapt quickly and effectively to internal and external market influences. An MBA combined with an emphasis in Change Leadership is specifically designed to help you become an effective change agent within your organization. The Change Leadership emphasis explores adaptive leadership; thought leadership and creativity; leading change in diverse organizational cultures; and social and environmental change.

MAL 535 Leading Change in Diverse Organizational Cultures (3)

Choose a minimum of three courses from the list below:

MAL 530 Adaptive Leadership (3)

MAL 532 Thought Leadership and Creativity (3)

MAL 538 Social and Environmental Change (3)

MAL 625 Change Leadership Internship (3)

Data Analytics Emphasis

The MBA emphasis in Data Analytics follows a commonly accepted data analytics lifecycle beginning by showing students how to frame business problems, establish analysis plans, and acquire and process data sets. Students will learn how to organize data projects to meet organizational and/or stakeholder needs by effectively utilizing resources and expertise. Students will also learn how to build, deploy and report on appropriate data models to track their performance over the long-term thereby ensuring ongoing stake holder satisfaction.

DA 550 Analytic Problem Definition (3)

DA 555 Data and Methodology (3)

DA 560 Model Building and Deployment (3)

DA 565 Data Lifecycle Management (3)

Optional Course:

DA 625 Data Analytics Internship (3)

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

This Emphasis prepares students for the dynamic world of entrepreneurship or to compete in a rapidly changing marketplace of employers looking for practical innovators. 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 new business, and exit strategies.

Choose a minimum of four courses from the list below:

ENT 610 Innovation Strategy (3)

ENT 620 Economics of Entrepreneurship (3)

ENT 625 Entrepreneurship Internship (3)

ENT 630 Start-up Plan Development (3)

ENT 640 New Venture Implementation (3)

Finance Emphasis

For students 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, the MBA with an emphasis in finance will provide the knowledge and skills needed to accomplish your goals. This emphasis is specifically designed to help the student 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 551 Equity Markets, Derivatives, Alternative Investments and Debt Instrument Management (3)

FIN 553 Capital Formation, Portfolio Management and Corporate Management (3)

FIN 555 Banking, Fixed Income and the Movement of Capital (3)

FIN 557 Ethics, Quantitative Methods and Economics of Finance (3)

[OPTIONAL] FIN 625 Finance Internship (3)

Global Management Emphasis

The MBA with an emphasis in global management is designed to provide students with an in-depth analysis of the various types of management and leadership so that the student 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.

MC 585 International Human Resource Management (3)

Choose a minimum of three courses from the list below:

MAL 545 Ethical Leadership (3)

— OR —

MAL 560 Global Leadership (3)

MBA 546 European Union (3)

MC 573 International Business (3)

MC 625 Global Management Internship (3)

Global Marketing Emphasis

For students seeking employment or greater opportunities at an advertising agency, marketing research organization, or in the marketing department of a manufacturing or service company, the MBA with an emphasis in marketing can help achieve these goals. Topics students will explore include: strategic brand creation and management; consumer behavior; channel management; and public relations and media management.

MK 526 Strategic Brand Creation and Management (3)

Choose a minimum of three courses from the list below:

MK 527 Consumer Behavior (3)

MK 528 Marketing Metrics (3)

MK 529 Marketing Communications (3)

MK 625 Marketing Internship (3)

Human Resource Management Emphasis

The MBA with an emphasis in HR management will provide students with a broad and comprehensive knowledge base of the HR subject areas. This program will also help prepare students to be better equipped for the PHR/SPHR/GPHR certification exams offered by the HR Certification Institute.

HR 551 Human Capital Strategy Management (3)

HR 553 Management of People (3)

HR 555 Workplace Management and Human Resources (3)

HR 557 Organization and the Human Resource Function (3)

[OPTIONAL] HR 625 Human Resource Mangement Internship(3)

Specialized Study Emphasis

The Specialized Study emphasis consists of a minimum of 12 credits taken in a specific content area. Coursework may be completed through independent study, current course offerings, or developed for a specific industry or organizational setting. The Individualized Study emphasis is proposed by the student and approved by the Program Director prior to registration.

Project Management Emphasis

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 Registered Education Provider(REP). As such, you will gain credits toward PMP 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 the 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 emphasis courses will be waived for MBA students.)

PM 504 Project Planning and Control (3)

Choose a minimum of three courses from the list below:

PM 507 Project Financial Mangement (3)

PM 511 Measuring Project Performance for Success (3)

PM 514 Project Integration (3)

PM 625 Project Management Internship (3)

Supply Chain Management Emphasis

The Master of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management is a joint program offered online with National University.

The emphasis in Supply Chain Management prepares students to advance in this exciting and evolving field of management. The emphasis area is designed to provide students with the skills to apply logistics functional expertise from planning of inventory deployment to designing transportation networks. In addition, the framing concepts of cross-functional engagement of Supply Chain Management processes will assist graduates to reinvent their organization from within, and then engage strategic partners to better align processes and mitigate operational risks.

The emphasis courses listed below are offered through National University:

SCM 610 Supply Chain Collaboration

SCM 620 Strategic Supply Management

SCM 630 Supply Chain Planning

Technology Management Emphasis

For students seeking a career or greater opportunities with a leading technology company or a technology-driven organization, the MBA with an emphasis in technology management will provide students with the knowledge and skills students need. This emphasis is specifically designed to teach students 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.

ISEC 500 Information Security Overview (3)

ISEC 510 The Senior Manager and Information Security (3)

ITMGMT 510 Managing the Technology Project (3)

ITMGMT 570 Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure (3)

ITMGMT 575 Technology Implementation and Change (3)

ITMGMT 625 Technology Management Internship (3)

This MBA program is designed to strengthen your business foundation in subjects that are applicable to a wide range of professional settings.

The MBA program will prepare you for a variety of management and leadership roles such as:

  • Business analyst
  • Marketing director
  • Sales director
  • HR director
  • Management consultant

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.