Columbia Southern University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.84 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Campus Setting: Town: Fringe
  • Student Population: 21,442 (15,530 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 70 to 1
  • Annual Tuition: $3,615
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1.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

After receiving my MBA from a local college I choose to pursue my DBA with Columbia Southern University. The dissertation process was horrible. There was only one DBA chair and the one time I spoke to him on the phone I heard about how he saved the university $100K by being the only chair. He also spoke about his much younger girlfriend and his two sons . Like other reviewers I had the same issue with moving onto the next step in the dissertation process and had to repeat classes (which I was personally paying by this time). I would turn in my work and was told one item needed to be changed. I would change it, turn the work in again, and then was told another item was wrong. This happened over and over and over. I was never told all of the items that needed to be corrected, I was told one item at a time. I finally ran out of money to continue this and had to quit school. I registered a complaint with the president and laid out everything that had happened. He responded but there was nothing of substance in his response.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

Completed the MBA (General Management) in the summer of 2018. Overall I thought the coursework while not overly challenging still fulfilled my desire to get a overall understanding of business. Professors are more like facilitators than teachers as there is very little real interaction as all of the work is pretty much prepared modules that get reused with each term. Students are required to submit multiple posts to questions weekly on discussion forum which act as way for group learning. Like others what attracted me to CSU was the price which for a mid career professional looking for education without breaking the bank is a great deal. Even better was the generous transfer policy. Since I had already completed graduate coursework at Univ of Minn and UCLA I was able to transfer about half of my courses. My biggest complaint is the lack of regional accreditation as well as ACBSP or IACBE business accreditation. Adding these accreditation labels would give students more bang for their buck.
1.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

I completed my MBA at CSU and then decided to continue with the DBA program. The MBA was of value, but the DBA is not. I found that the set courses were fairly straightforward to get through, however the support and expertise at the dissertation stage was abysmal. Extremely poor feedback and I came away with the view that the professors are purely academics with no real world business experience. They have no idea about the real issues facing modern business, and instead look to slow one's progress as much as possible to keep you repeating courses - which of course you have to pay a new fee each time. I showed my work to experts outside of CSU and they were astonished at the obvious lack of business sense by the professors. You may think that the course is cost effective, but you haven't taken into account the multiple times they will make you repeat the dissertation phase courses. At that point you are so invested in finishing (80% through) that you won't stop paying. I paid well over 10k more than they advertised. Don't do the DBA.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2012

It was a great a school that offered the flexibility I needed to fit it my schedule.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

The national/regional accreditation was explained to me before I enrolled in my degree program. The instructors were all professional and provided adequate feedback in every class. The curriculum was very interesting and the workload was not over exhaustive, but there were a lot of research papers, as with most Master's programs. The degree helped with my future earning potential. The school helped me utilize my military benefits. Overall I am very satisfied with my degree program at CSU.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Occupational Safety
Graduation Year: 2016

I chose to go back to school to obtain my degree in Occupational Safety and Health after working in the industry for 10 years. I thought that I knew it all, I did not think for a moment that the classes would teach me much more than I already knew. I was completely wrong. From the very first class at Columbia Southern University I knew I had a whole lot more to learn. It was not just about the world of safety I had known for so long. I was taught about business decisions, got into fire and building safety, and even learned about quality improvement. It was amazing.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2020

Thus far, I have found Columbia Southern University to be great! I am in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at CSU online, and have really learned a great deal in all of my classes and from my classmates. The instructors and staff there are very responsive and supportive, and my classmates have been great as well. I would recommend CSU to others!
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Great college for those needing flexability. Their online coursework is great for the working professional.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

It is a great school, I enjoyed the flexibility. Great program that prepared me for the future.
1.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2012

It was very convenient and affordable in comparison to other online schools, but I feel it has done nothing for me in terms of career advancement or opportunity.
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