2021-2022 Catalog

Welcome to City University of Seattle


 Welcome from CityU's President

Our goal at City University of Seattle is to design this catalog, these programs, and every course for your success. Our definition of success means we have helped you comprehend and retain knowledge that will help you in your career and your life. We call them our learning objectives, and we measure our performance on how well we transmit those important aspects of knowledge.

It is also important to us that you finish your program of study, and we remind ourselves of that frequently. Starting is good, but finishing allows you to do great things.

At City University of Seattle (CityU), we offer you the opportunity to learn the “best practices” that are currently being used in your chosen field or profession. You will also be challenged to develop insight into how to improve the profession by faculty who are practitioners themselves, and scholars in their respective discipline. You will be given exposure to alternate career pathways that you may not have previously considered. One thing is certain, upon completion of your chosen program you will be prepared with the skills generally required to meet and exceed your career pathway expectations.

CityU has a rich heritage as one of the first Pacific Northwest universities to participate in distance and online education. We have an established tradition and commitment to personalized education with highly ranked academic and certificate programs. The University is ranked among the top 50 U.S. universities offering online bachelor degrees by U.S. News & World Report. As the demands of the students and the technologies have advanced, so have the wide varieties of learning formats and delivery methodologies that will be available to you. Today, you have an opportunity to participate in online, onsite and leading edge performance-based education as just a few illustrations of this commitment.

Annually, CityU serves nearly 7,000 students worldwide, but our priority is to treat each student as an individual with the care and service that is a hallmark of CityU. It is because of this personalized approach that more than 90 percent of students surveyed feel they have gained new career competencies in their degree program; and more than 80 percent of CityU’s surveyed alumni say they had a positive experience with CityU.

Thank you for coming to CityU. There is a great deal of extraordinary learning and professional development happening here, and it is our goal to help you achieve the life you want. We are a private, nonprofit university where our students remain our only shareholders. Please let us know how we can serve you better.

Randy C. Frisch

President of CityU


Welcome from National University System's 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
  • Northcentral University: NCU mentors students one-to-one with a highly credentialed, 100% doctoral faculty within our five schools: Business, Technology, 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.