Columbia Southern University Graduate Program Reviews

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

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Campus Setting: Town: Fringe
  • Student Population: 20,823 (15,152 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 60 to 1
  • Annual Tuition: $5,085
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4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Emergency Management
Graduation Year: 2014

The Emergency Management program at Columbia Southern is great for working adults. All classes were online with instructors always available via email. This program was very manageable having work and three active children. I was easily able to work during the evenings and weekends as my schedule allowed and the assignments were not overwhelming with my schedule.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

This college is best suited for adults, career individual seeking to pursue education, working parents planning to complete their studies and military. Majority of the classes are online, program very flexible, military friendly, affordable and staff supportive.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2018

This program worked perfect for me. It is not an ivy league school, nor is it very well known. However, they are organized, helpful and exactly what I needed. I am working full time while going to school full-time. I didn't have the time to handle a difficult curriculum. This program is definitely doable for those who have to work! They are nationally accredited but not regionally. I didn't need a regionally accredited degree. This was good for me because it keeps their cost down. For me, they were the best bang for my buck!
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA in Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2016

This is a decent school for continuing your upper level education as a working professional. The course work is solid and the schedule is pretty easily to follow and maintain. The professors are helpful. The only thing is with online be education you choose how much you get out of the program so it's not IV league by any means but if you want to gain the knowledge you need to further your career this is a good school to achieve it with.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016

Great school, Enjoyed the interactions. I think having the books including and shipped right to you when you register for a class is a great idea.
1.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2006

After completing my MBA with Columbia Southern University CSU) in 2006, I spent another 9 years of my precious time and expended substantial money pursuing my doctoral study with them. Unfortunately, that endeavour turned out to be a great disappointment. Not only was CSU incompetent in providing doctoral level study, they are, at the same time, grossly dishonest. There were undue delay in course offerings which I had to pay in order to maintain the status of continued enrolment. The worst thing was the assumption of arbitrary power by my dissertation chair, Dr Christopher Wike, to act retrospectively and repressively thereby rendering the completion of the said program impossible. Complaints to the Student Resolution and Conduct were never addressed. I have made all information available on my Facebook. Therefore, if you are looking for quality and well recognised education, CSU is definitely not the place you want to find yourselves in.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019

Attended a sister school owned by the same University (Waldorf University). The admissions process is easy. The classes are what you make of them. You will need self-discipline to do well in this program. As the program is online, it makes it easier to fit my hectic schedule.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2013

The pros for this graduate program is that the professors understood adult life. Timing was everything.. Cons of this program is when my computer is down it is not the schools fault. However, they still work with you.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

Since I am an online student some of these aspects do not apply. The workload is great for a person who works fulltime. The staff is very attentive and helpful. This has helped me to start a business and will help me to maintain it.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

CSU was by far one of the best experiences of my life. I completed my bachelors and masters programs in less than four years.The workload is difficult for online classes but well worth it. Staff and faculty were always available with just the touch of a keyboard or in the virtual classrooms.
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