Columbia Southern University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 38 respondents

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School Information

  • 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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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.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

Professors are closely connected with faulty administration. CSU forgets the concepts which, teaches the impact on student relationship being the cause for them receiving their salary. The school is funding through the U.S Department of Education which, 98% of the school receives from financial aid. CSU will falsely accuse you of things without a fair or adequate review (student). CSU should PRACTICE WHAT THEY TEACH! BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION Area Failure in Customer Service (Student Relationship).
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.
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