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87% of 188 students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of 188 students said they would recommend this school to others


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Average Financial Aid: $3,552

Accreditation: Columbia Southern University is acredited by 3 agencies

Salary Score for Online Degrees at Columbia Southern University

Associate's Degrees

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities $16,875 $41,788 100
Criminal Justice and Corrections $11,340 $46,115 98
Fire Protection $10,500 $66,269 89
Health and Medical Administrative Services $16,401 $29,524 52

Bachelor's Degrees

Natural Resources Conservation and Research $19,903 $60,105 100
Criminal Justice and Corrections $20,227 $52,800 100
Business Administration, Management and Operations $23,046 $50,330 84
Health and Medical Administrative Services $23,446 $46,392 80
Fire Protection $18,262 $70,128 75
Human Resources Management and Services $21,875 $48,176 72

Master's Degrees

Homeland Security $35,699 $75,707 76
Criminal Justice and Corrections $39,022 $58,501 69
Public Administration $38,594 $57,300 61
Business Administration, Management and Operations $38,351 $60,526 32
Public Health $39,170 $43,677 24

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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.