Become a Skilled Leader in Today’s Business World

The Master of Business Administration program at City University of Seattle prepares you to lead, manage, and grow diverse organizations. You can customize the program to your personal career goals through our emphasis areas, which include accounting, human resource management, project management, and more.

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 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.

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

MBA 11

MBA Common Professional Components (3)

This course covers a review of the basic fundamentals of business for ACBSP accreditation. It covers the areas of marketing, information systems, business law, management, business math and statistics. Additionally, the course will review economics, business ethics, international business, financial accounting and managerial accounting. Finally, the course will review corporate finance and the strategic management process to prepare students to perform well in the MBA program.

Business Core Courses

MBA 500

Essentials of Business Management (3)

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.

MBA 501

Global Business Communication and Research (3)

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.

MBA 511

Law for Global Business (3)

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.

MBA 515

Project Management and Prioritization (3)

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.

MBA 520

Managing with Technology (3)

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.

MBA 525

Applied Marketing (3)

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. Prerequisite: MBA 500, MBA 501.

MBA 531

Applied Managerial Economics (3)

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.

MBA 535

Managerial Accounting (3)

In this course, students learn to analyze 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.

MBA 540

Strategic Financial Management (3)

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.

MBA 545

People and Systems in Organizations (3)

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.

MBA 550

Business Operations (3)

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.

MBA 555

Business Strategy (3)

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.

Emphasis Requirements (12)

Master of Business Administration (with electives)
This Master of Business Administration option allows students the flexibility of taking 12 quarter credit electives at the graduate level from approved offerings and/or transferring in graduate work from another school that meets transferability requirements.

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)

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.

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AC 531

CPA Review - Regulation (REG) (3)

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.

AC 532

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

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.

AC 533

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

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.

AC 625

Accounting Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA535

If you are seeking an internship, AC 530 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.

Change Leadership Emphasis

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 535

Leading Change in Diverse Organizational Cultures (3)

As the organizational catalyst for change in management policy and culture, leaders must understand political agendas and maintain stakeholder involvement. By analyzing change management theories, students will apply strategies that incorporate diverse perspectives and cultural identity to create sustainable organizations.

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MAL 530

Adaptive Leadership (3)

Managing change or adapting to challenging environments requires flexibility and the ability to manage stress. When procedures or policies do not exist to solve a problem or cope with change, leaders must determine what is essential or what is superfluous, and adapt to create innovative solutions. Students will learn adaptive leadership skills that can be used in any level of an organization, both domestically and globally.

MAL 532

Thought Leadership and Creativity (3)

Thought leaders are trusted experts who inspire, challenge, and motivate people. Through creative advancement and thinking, thought leaders provide information, processes, and methods that engage and inspire consumers, employees, and other stakeholders. Students will analyze what makes a thought leader and how these leaders increase an organization's strategic visibility.

MAL 538

Social and Environmental Change (3)

Leaders create socially and environmentally responsible organizations through cost benefit analysis, sustainable leadership techniques, and successful communication strategies. Through heightened consumer awareness and social engagement, leaders are learning that their organizations must adopt social and environmental strategies to remain viable in the years ahead. Students will analyze how social and environmental strategies can produce better products and services, reduce organizational overhead, and build long-term prosperity for organizations.

MAL 625

Change Leadership Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA545

If you are seeking an internship, MAL 535 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

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.

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ENT 610

Innovation Strategy (3)

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.

ENT 620

Economics of Entrepreneurship (3)

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.

ENT 625

Entrepreneurship Internship (3)

This internship course within the Entrepreneurship 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 entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA545

ENT 630

Start-up Plan Development (3)

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.

ENT 640

New Venture Implementation (3)

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

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 543

Equity Markets and Debt Instrument Management (3)

In this course, students take a comprehensive look at how markets are organized and how trading occurs. Students will gain understanding of the framework for how existing markets are established, how trading occurs in them, and how they evolve over time. Students learn how the markets in securities and capital investments function, how to value a security, how to create and manage a portfolio, and the role of debt instruments in finance. Finally, the dynamics of behavioral finance, and its effect on trading and value, will be studied. Prerequisite: MBA 540

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FIN 541

Capital Formation and Corporate Management (3)

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.

FIN 542

Banking and the Movement of Capital (3)

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.

FIN 544

Financial Management of Public and Not-For-Profit Organizations (3)

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.

FIN 625

Finance Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of FIN540.

If you are seeking an internship, FIN 543 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.

Global Management Emphasis

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.

MC 585

International Human Resource Management (3)

This course covers the optimum organization and employment of human resources to accomplish strategic organizational objectives from a global perspective, with a focus on Europe. Additionally, this course is concerned with the policies and procedures which affect the recruitment, development and deployment of the human resources of firms. The course will address the significant changes which have taken place in this area of management in response to economic and political pressure and will consider policies and practices in various countries.

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MAL 545

Ethical Leadership (3)

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.
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MAL 560

Global Leadership (3)

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.

MBA 546

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.

MC 573

International Business (3)

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.

MC 625

Global Management Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA550

If you are seeking an internship, MC 585 is required and you must choose three from the remaining courses. Only one leadership course is allowed for this emphasis, either MAL 560 or MAL 545, but not both.

Global Marketing Emphasis

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

Strategic Brand Creation and Management (3)

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.

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MK 527

Consumer Behavior (3)

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.

MK 528

Marketing Metrics (3)

This course examines strategic decision models and marketing metrics including channel management issues. The course provides measurement tools for students to understand the decision-making process in driving revenue and results. Market insight, forecasting, data mining, pricing, sales analytics, competitive analysis, and presenting the data are covered in the course. Students will investigate the development of an analytical-based evaluation system for better channel and distribution decisions.

MK 529

Marketing Communications (3)

This course examines theories of integrated marketing communications which includes public relations, social media, mobile, content marketing, traditional print and broadcast media and the influence of integrated marketing communication on marketing strategy and organizational effectiveness. The emphasis is on the relationship between the company objectives and how best to apply integrated marketing to reach their goals. Students will learn the steps in creating an integrated marketing communications plan including creative briefs, message and content development, use of social media, ethics, crisis communication, and management of the integration process.

MK 625

Marketing Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA525

Human Resource Management Emphasis

With CityU of Seattle's MBA with an emphasis in HR management, you will be able to apply the 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.

MC 584

Human Resource Management (3)

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.

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HR 508

Employee Staffing, Training, and Development (3)

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.

HR 510

Employment and Labor Law (3)

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.

HR 512

Compensation and Benefits (3)

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.

HR 625

Human Resource Management Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA545

If you are seeking an internship, MC 584 is required and you must choose three from the remaining four courses.

Specialized Study Emphasis

This Master of Business Administration option allows students the flexibility of taking 12-15 credit electives at the graduate level from approved offerings. Courses must be approved by the program director.

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 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

Project Planning and Control (3)

Planning is central to project management along with scope, schedule, and cost. This course will examine project scope and schedule development processes based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Advanced scheduling development processes will be addressed, enabling students to create a work breakdown structure and to define and sequence activities using advanced scheduling techniques. Scheduling techniques such as the use of activity calendars and the application of baselines for analyzing schedule performance will be addressed. Prerequisite: PM 501

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PM 507

Project Financial Management (3)

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.

PM 511

Measuring Project Performance for Success (3)

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.

PM 514

Project Integration (3)

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.

PM 625

Project Management Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA515.

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.

Technology Management Emphasis

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.

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ISEC 500

Information Security Overview (3)

This course will cover changes in information security management and understanding. The age of information security as technology alone has passed, people currently involved with information security need to understand the entire information security landscape, from rules, laws, corporate laws and rules, decision making, working in teams, leadership, and other ways that information security is changing people and the work place.

ISEC 510

The Senior Manager and Information Security (3)

This course studies the responsibilities of senior managers for ensuring the security of processes and information systems used in their organizations. Given a request for an approval to operate an information system at a specified level of trust, the senior manager will analyze and judge the information provided for validity and reliability to ensure the system will operate at the proposed level of trust. This judgment will be predicated on an understanding of system architecture, system security measures, systems operations policy, system security management plan, legal and ethical considerations, and provisions for system operator and end user training. Students taking this course will learn to integrate their knowledge in these areas to make effective security decisions.

ITMGMT 510

Managing the Technology Project (3)

Project management has become a foundational skill for all business and technology managers. This course will explore the unique challenges of managing projects with technology enablers. The student will study and apply best practices in project management including planning, scheduling, managing cost, quality, and risk, while monitoring the external and internal influences that can affect project scope and eventual success with integrating technology into the business environment. The challenges of working with diverse teams of business experts, as well as project management, has become a foundational skill for all business and technology managers. This course will explore the challenges of managing technology projects. The students will study and apply best practices in project management including planning, scheduling, and managing procurements, cost, quality and risk.

ITMGMT 570

Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure (3)

Designing, developing, implementing and installing a technology infrastructure is a complex process, however the real challenge is in maintaining that infrastructure in a manner that provides a high level of reliability and availability while providing effective support for the end users. This course examines how ITIL and other frameworks combine best practices and standardized processes and procedures to enable an effective service infrastructure. Students will gain experience in the planning, coordination and management skills needed to manage or work with an IT service organization.

ITMGMT 575

Technology Implementation and Change (3)

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.

ITMGMT 625

Technology Management Internship (3)

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. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 MBA quarter credit hours at City University of Seattle with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of MBA520

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:

  • CEO, COO, CMO
  • 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

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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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