Columbia Southern University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.97 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 37 respondents

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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
Source: NCES

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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.
2.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012

It was an online education, I did somewhat enjoy it but my undergrad at an actual university was better.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA in Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2019

I began my journey with CSU in 2013. In 2015, I had completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. I am now pursuing my MBA (Human Resources) and I wouldn't trade my university for any other. My university had recommended me as a candidate for the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, which I am now a member of. Columbia Southern University has been my backbone and has held me together through so much. I am 48 years young and I have simply never been more pleased with their organization, classes/professors, and their willingness to help. This is the ONLY online school for me and I would recommend CSU to anyone seeking an online education.
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