The schedule was convenient and allowed you to power through courses in eight weeks. The topics were relevant. Some of the other reviews note the difficulty of the class work and tests. It is challenging on a academic level but rewarding. The online classes... Read More were thorough and well constructed. I did have a couple classes that were not as well done as the others. Overall, it was a challenging and productive degree experience.
Columbia College is a place where students are nurtured and facilitated in all ways to achieve their highest academic potential. The classes are thoughtful and contributed significantly to the student I desired to become. The layout of the levels are... Read More logical, and an essential aspect of the coursework is the fact that the student has several available courses from which to choose. The classes are not pre-selected. Through the elective options, one can specialize the education to their particular needs. This feature is unique to some online universities.
I attended the world campus of Columbia College of Missouri as an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard and obtained my BA in Criminal Justice Administration. While I was stationed in Key West, Florida, I was introduced to the school through... Read More the Education Service Officer (ESO) who was attending the school himself. The application process was extremely easy and they accepted almost all of my accredited military experience which helped to eliminate almost all of my lower level and core classes. This helped to save me a considerable sum of money by not having to take unnecessary classes. It also helped to speed up my ability to graduate within a reasonable amount of time. Tuition was reasonable and I was able to fit it into my budget. Through the years I was a student, there were several times that I was simultaneously deployed and taking classes. There were some times when I did not have internet connectivity and the professors were extremely accommodating when it came to turning in assignments. All the professors were willing to work with me within reason- and seemed to have my best interest in mind. Class work was challenging and you are expected to participate in discussions throughout the 8 week classes. Assignments, projects and papers were both topical and relevant to current events of the time. Discussions could at times become lively but were always respectful of differing opinions. Obtaining my degree helped me lay the foundation to start working on my Masters. This will help me to significantly increase my future earnings once I retire from the Coast Guard and transition to the civilian workforce.