2020-2021 Catalog Fall Update

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Student,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the City University of Seattle family of exceptional faculty, staff, students, and a strong alumni network. We are excited to support you in reaching your educational goals, and we are committed to providing world-class education that is both affordable and accessible.

CityU is a private nonprofit university that has distinguished itself by offering quality, market-relevant degrees through innovative programs that positively transform and impact students, enterprises, and communities. As part of CityU, you join a diverse community of life-long learners who are part of the National University System. Together we share a common approach to learning and fostering student success while creating new and exciting pathways for your educational future.

Since the creation of the National University System, we continue to build on the foundation of serving adult learners in new and creative formats. Today, NUS is comprised of:

  • City University of Seattle: Emphasizes master’s, doctoral, and international programs, while establishing choice through workforce partnerships
  • National University: A veteran-founded institution that serves a diverse population of adult learners through innovative educational solutions
  • John F. Kennedy University: Focuses on community and social justice, largely through differentiated graduate and doctoral programs in psychology and law
  • Northcentral University: NCU mentors students one-to-one with a highly credentialed, 100% doctoral faculty within our five schools: Business, Technoclogy, Education, Health  Sciences and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
  • The Division of Pre-College Programs: Fosters the success of the next generation of K-12 learners through the National University Academy and the National University Virtual High School

The System also oversees the Sanford Programs, three programs inspired by the vision of renowned philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to address critical needs in the education and nonprofit sectors. Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire provide innovative resources for the PreK-12 education sector and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy offers educational programs to help nonprofits become more effective at fundraising and donor relationships.

Connected by their shared values of academic excellence and integrity, the affiliates of the National University System offer pathways for students to attain professional and terminal degrees by maximizing the value of faculty, staff, partners and advanced technologies to create a more customized learning experience that guides students to successful completion of their academic and career goals. The National University System further establishes deep partnerships with industry to educate and develop market-ready employees to meet the needs of the 21st-century economy.

As graduates can attest, an education from a National University System affiliate provides the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed and lead in today’s ever-changing environment.

Thank you for choosing City University of Seattle and Welcome! I wish you much success in your academic and professional journey.



Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.