Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Advancing Your Education and Career

Education is among the first steps to advancing your career. If you know where you want to go, we want to help get you there with one of our degree programs.

Over 95 percent of students surveyed felt they would see a return on the investment that they were making with CityU. It’s our mission to advance anyone with a desire to learn and it’s the commitment of our board, staff, and faculty to deliver programs that will bring value into all of our students’ lives.

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Delivery Modes

At CityU of Seattle, we believe in giving you maximum flexibility and letting you learn at your own pace. Whether you choose to attend classes online or in person, you can finish your degree quickly…or work it more slowly around a busy schedule. If you have your eye on a specific career, our advisors can help you select the program and courses that will position you for success in that area. Or if you want to explore a little first, we can help you with that, too.


CityU’s online education programs are offered through a virtual classroom where students can log-in to check assignments, discussion topics and video. Students collaborate and discuss topics with one another on a Portal, within this virtual classroom and on a system called Blackboard.

This option allows students to complete the same degree but have greater flexibility of where they are when they are in class.


This more traditional way of attending classes gives students the advantage of networking with classmates and talking with instructors face to face.

CityU offers daytime, evening and weekend classes at its facilities throughout the world. Please contact an adviser to find out if the courses you are interested in taking are being offered at the location closest to you.

Mixed Mode

Some students prefer taking some classes online and some onsite. This is “mixed-mode.” Many programs offer this mode.

Please connect with an advisor to see if this is possible for the program you are interested in.

Performance Based

Performance-based programs allow students to earn credit in an innovative manner that recognizes the skills they have developed in the working world. Once students demonstrate that they have a developed skill or set of skills he or she is able to earn credits for the knowledge they have already mastered and move on to the material that he or she does not know.

Students are evaluated through assessments according to learning outcomes made known prior to the student entering the program. While working through these outcomes, students are supported by a faculty facilitator and proceed as quickly as they would like to through the program. This mode is only offered in a few programs. If you are interested in taking a program this way, please talk with one of CityU’s advisers.

Financial Assistance

CityU is a private, nonprofit organization. We offer competitive tuition rates, as well as various options for financial aid and scholarships to help make achieving your career goals more affordable. For more information about tuition rates, visit our Tuition Overview page. To see financial aid options you may qualify for, visit our Financial Aid page. We offer several scholarships based on merit and need. To learn more, visit our Scholarships page.


CityU has a rolling admissions policy, which means that we accept applications and make admissions decisions throughout the year. Our academic year runs from July 1 to June 30, and Commencement occurs in June. Some degree programs start every quarter and others start at specific times of the year. If you are interested in starting at a particular time, please email one of our admissions advisors to find out when you can start your program.


  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Meet CityU and program-specific admissions requirements


  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution
  • Meet CityU and program specific admissions requirements

Your undergraduate major doesn’t necessarily need to match up with your graduate program. Standardized entrance tests (such as the GRE, MAT or GMAT) are not required for admission to CityU graduate programs.


CityU offers a DBA and an Ed.D. Here are the admissions requirements for each:

Admissions Requirements for the DBA:

Submit an application online, via the “apply” icon on the admissions page

  • Submit a $50 application fee through the online admissions application
  • Copy of your official master’s transcript submitted to the Office of Registrar via mail to the address below or electronically from the school to
  • City University Office of the Registrar: 521 Wall St Ste 100 Seattle, WA 98121
  • Resume demonstrating five or more years of business experience
  • List of three references. Include name, title, email, and phone contact information for professional, academic, or other associates who can attest to your ability to be successful in a doctoral program. One reference must be a current supervisor. {Please inform your references that CityU’s doctoral faculty will contact them directly}
  • Goal statement (short essay) related to business experience and how the DBA supports your professional development goals
  • Resume, references, and goal statement can be submitted via the online admissions application or emailed to

Admission Requirements for the Ed.D.:

Students must have and/or complete the following entrance requirements to join the Ed.D. program:

  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited or otherwise recognized institution.
  • Provide a resume/C.V. that demonstrates two or more years in a leadership capacity.
  • 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.
    • One reference must be a current supervisor.
    • For the Principal, Superintendent, and Program Administrator certifications, a second reference must be an Executive/District Administrator.
  • Submit responses to the Admissions Statement Questions
  • Provide proof of English proficiency according to established university policy.
  • Complete an interview with a member of the program faculty. (You will be contacted to schedule an interview once all of the application materials have been submitted)
  • The application for admission can be completed online and the applicant will then need to obtain official transcripts from previous institutions which should be sent directly to the admissions office at City University of Seattle. You will also need to complete the Doctor of Education in Leadership program admission packet.Each applicant will then need to submit their resume/CV, references, and admissions statement.Only when all of these items have been received will the interview with the program faculty be scheduled. Once the materials have been reviewed and the interview has been conducted, the program faculty will make a decision regarding program admission and notify the prospective student.

International Students

Please contact an admissions advisor to learn more about additional admissions criteria that may apply. You can also find more information in our International Students section.

All Students

All students must complete an application and send in official transcripts prior to enrolling at CityU. In addition to this requirement, all incoming students must demonstrate a college-level proficiency in English, except for those participating in the English Language Learning Program. Please read our English Proficiency Policy to learn more.

Transferring to CityU

Our goal is to assist you in completing your degree and that may start with helping you transfer your credits from your prior institutions. We’ll work with you to get your transcripts, evaluate the coursework you have completed, and discuss how it applies to the program you want to go through here. If you have questions about this process, please contact an admissions advisor.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Many incoming undergraduate students have spent a lot of quality time in the real world, earning valuable experience outside the classroom. Our PLA program can translate that experience into college credit, which gives you a well-earned head start on completing your degree. Want more details about the PLA program? Download the information sheet (PDF).

“While I love focusing on my roles as a wife and mother, there are other dreams I need to accomplish and CityU has opened those doors for me.”

-Jody Bockheim, Student

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Have Questions? We’re here to help!

U.S. Students:

Call 888.422.4898 or email

Canadian Students:

In British Columbia, call 800.663.7466 or email.

In Alberta, call 403.209.8352 or email

International Students Wishing to Study in the U.S. or Canada:

Contact an admissions advisor: Toll-free: 800.426.5596 x4720, Local: 206.239.4720, Fax: 206.239.4725, or email

Students Wishing to Study Abroad:

Contact an admissions advisor at the location you wish to attend.

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