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Columbia Southern University

194 Reviews

Locations:   Orange Beach (AL) 

Annual Tuition: $6,600

87% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of students said they would recommend this school to others
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Reviewed: 6/30/2023

Degree: Human Resources

Columbia Southern University (CSU) is now regionally accredited. I completed my bachelor’s degree and have returned for my master’s degree. I had a commendable learning experience ranging from institutional and instructional support, necessitating my return for my master’s degree. The courses are challenging and would require you to think proactively. During my bachelor’s degree, many of the courses I took had 16 assignments per course (comprising of article critiques, projects, scholarly activities,... Read More


Reviewed: 5/14/2023

Degree: Business

The majority of the coursework is garbage. Most coursework was taught in the same format that encouraged narrow learning instead of a deep understanding of material. I took a microeconomics and macroeconomics class and the material taught in both classes were identical including homework and test. Earned credits at Columbia Southern are not transferable or accepted at many public and non profit universities.

John Davidson

Reviewed: 3/12/2023

Degree: MBA in Public Administration

I completed a MBA with emphasis on Public Administration in 2014 and it opened the door for my career which has put me at a six-figure salary. I was completing an MPA at a state school; however, I found it difficult to balance the scheduling options with working full time. I was aware of Columbia Southern University being a good value to utilize the GI Bill and knew they were very veteran-friendly. I took a job with huge upside potential as a graduate school intern with permanent placement contingent... Read More


Reviewed: 2/26/2023

Degree: Business Administration

I am very happy to have graduated from CSU with my MBA. Education is what you vision it be for yourself. I have returned to CSU for my DBA recently. I can say from experience that I'm happy to have returned to CSU for another learning experience. CSU is a well rounded university for not only the working adult but also for anyone who desires an affordable education. CSU is no diploma mill. Whoever believes and says otherwise should do more research on accreditation standards for national and regional... Read More

Maggie-MBA Professional

Reviewed: 1/30/2023

Degree: MBA

Columbia Southern University truly changed my life. I was able to pickup right where I left off years ago when I had to stop school for medical reasons. The registration staff is very helpful and are constantly following up to ensure no questions went unanswered. The tuition prices are affordable without jeopardizing the quality of the education offered. I found the courses to challenging but rewarding for my career.The professors are engaged and available to answer any questions or concerns. The... Read More

Healthcare Professional in search of additional journeys

Reviewed: 11/1/2022

Degree: Emergency Management

I am a long-time (thirty-plus years) healthcare professional who currently still works at the bedside doing bedside care and diagnostic testing in a federal medical facility. I desired to pursue a master's degree outside my current profession. However, I wanted there to be some relationship in a broader sense in terms of safety, mass casualty events, hazmat concerns, public administrations, etc. These types of events are unfortunately becoming more prevalent everywhere! It is essential that the program... Read More

John Beckett Brown

Reviewed: 10/22/2022

Degree: Occupational Safety

Glad that I completed my degree at CSU. The courses and the faculty were great. I am much better prepared for my professional career thanks to CSU. The skills that I improved on by attending CSU included research, writing and learning about current advancements in the field of Occupational Safety and Health.

Steven Gillet

Reviewed: 8/19/2022

Degree: Occupational Safety

I have attended this school for over 6 years. Graduated with honors. Retired military(submarines), have attained degrees from other schools with not as high of learning potential. I am a go getter and good study habit has given me great benefit. You get back what you put in. I believe CSU to be top notch curriculum. This school is no degree mill. The courses have had much difficulty and have provided success. My resume proves this school has given me a good benefit. Many naysayers that have no idea... Read More

Steve Riggs

Reviewed: 7/12/2022

Degree: Information Technology

The instruction at the school was less than adequate. I had to complete degree there because traditional schools wouldn’t take all transferred credits. Would prolong the education and go deeper in debt. Instructors just seemed to pass you on without really critiquing the homework to improve your skills. Once in the field you realize that your unprepared for most jobs you were hoping to get.

Tyler Hardy

Reviewed: 6/25/2022

Degree: Public Health

Let me just start off by saying that I could have received the same education by going to one of those online services that basically prints off a fake diploma and fake transcript. I have two academic integrity violations. One was because I missed a citation and the other was because a pop up blocker popped up during my exam which was from the proctor company and the SUC looked at my review and denied my appeal. And get ready to write, and write, and write, and write and write. You will write a 2-3... Read More


Reviewed: 5/12/2022

Degree: Occupational Safety

First off, I'm not here to put down CSU. There were a lot of good things that came from my time here. For example, they allowed me to be the first in my family to get a degree higher then an A.S. They also gave me credits that I just by chance were able to transfer to a good grad school. However, there are too many negatives to count so I'll just hit a few of the biggest. First, they are a for-profit university and they are not regionally accredited. I'll put it this way, when an interviewer sees... Read More


Reviewed: 4/29/2022

Degree: Business Administration

I graduated from CSU with a BSBA in 2020. Many people are making comments about how the degrees "aren't worth the paper they're printed on" or how other schools will not accept their credits or recognize their degrees. I can speak from personal experience and say this is not true. After graduating from CSU, I pursued my master's degree at Indiana University (obviously not some hole in the wall school) and had no issue whatsoever with them recognizing my BSBA degree. CSU is a decent school for the... Read More

Mike Anderson

Reviewed: 2/9/2022

Degree: MBA

I recently obtained my MBA at Columbia Southern. I was delighted with the life-paced learning. The course is structured with a 10-week completion deadline. You are provided all the material up-front and can work at your own pace. I have seen other online programs where the students are provided with busy work, complete peer reviews, etc. The courses require a lot of writing; however, the work is reasonable for a master's degree. Columbia structures the study, so you are challenged, however, not overburdened... Read More


Reviewed: 1/10/2022

Degree: Occupational Safety

This school will not support you or help you. They will hit you with rules and regs that benefit them only. Much better and cheaper schools out there. Look to a real school for an online program. My experience is from a working person who has life issues due to the pandemic. Absolutely no support from staff, but they all say they are there to help you, so far, everything goes through the board and people on the phone can do nothing for you but forward your call to VM.


Reviewed: 11/29/2021

Degree: Homeland Security

It took me some time but I finally finished my B.S. Will be starting a Masters in Homeland Security. I found the instructors pleasant 90% of the time. I really only had issues with an Academic Advisor but overall great experience that I think will help me in the future. I don't think it matters if this school is nationally accredited because most government jobs don't care about nationally versus regionally accredited schools... if your GI bill will pay for it, it will not matter in the long run.... Read More

Changed My Life

Reviewed: 5/18/2021

Degree: Business

I had an excellent experience with CSU. I was able to earn my bachelors degree at a scedule that worked for me. Upon graduation in 2002, I was hired at IBM. Because the degree is accredited, they had no issues with it. Later, I used this same CSU bachelors degree to get admitted to Benadictine University, where I earned my MBA. Contrary to what some are suggesting here, most RA schools WILL accept a nationally accredited degree. In fact most say it right on the admissions page. Please check and see... Read More


Reviewed: 4/21/2021

Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management

Yes CSU is nationally accredited, and yes not all schools will accept them. There are however many that will, including top ranked schools for master's degrees. Some of these include Liberty Univ, UMGC, Florida International Univ, Webster Univ, Colorado Christian Univ, and more. I don't think my bachelor's from CSU is worth much though, but no degree is without experience. That being said, it's no worse of a degree than from any other school save an Ivy league school. There are a lot of ridiculous... Read More

Bruce W.

Reviewed: 1/18/2021

Degree: Occupational Safety

I’ve completed both my associates and bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health with Columbia Southern University (CSU). CSU’s Occupational Safety and Health program is recognized by both the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). Both of these agencies are the credentialing authorities for Safety Practitioners and CSU is the only nationally accredited institute recognized by BCSP for having a Qualified Academic Program (QAP).... Read More


Reviewed: 1/13/2021

Degree: Public Health

Sucked they moved my credits from 42 to 54. If you never want top graduate this is the school. They did a poor job explaining if you dont continuously go to school you will have to take additional classes. Hard to graduate in your Active Military....

Lamont R

Reviewed: 1/2/2021

Degree: Business Administration

Columbia Southern University is a nationally accredited university. As such, regionally accredited colleges (most) will not accept the credits earned at this institution. All its faculty as I understand must possess degrees from regionally accredited schools. I have many degrees – ALL from regionally accredited colleges. I chose CSU’s MBA in Project Management because I am a seasoned professional and I already have a viable career. What CSU offers me is a low stress course of study where I can earn... Read More


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