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Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED

Columbia Southern University

About Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is an online institution based in Alabama that grants associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates. This school offers flexible enrollment options that combine curricula developed with the latest trends and best practices in conjunction with the most updated instructional technology. The school's general education curriculum is designed to help students succeed at the academic and professional levels.

Students of Columbia Southern University can prepare for entry-level or managerial careers in their chosen field through the many undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. In business studies, for example, students in the Associate of Science program can develop skills needed for entry-level management careers, while further studies at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels expand on the development of leadership skills for possible advancement in a global business environment. Criminal justice programs at the associate, bachelor's, and master's levels are designed to help students prepare for entry-level and advanced positions in a variety of criminal justice settings, such as careers in law enforcement, corrections, or the courts.

In the early 1990's, the school's founders designed bachelor's programs in environmental management and occupational safety and health to address the demand for an online education option in this field. Later, the university added associate and master's degree programs in the fields. Psychology, homeland security, fire science, emergency medical services, and information technology/cybersecurity are other areas of study offered at CSU.

CSU has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) since 2001. The school was approved to offer federal student aid in 2008. Currently, CSU provides online education to more than 31,000 students.

Student Testimonials

''CSU has been a huge benefit for me, my family and my professional career. Finishing the M.S. in OSH was the academic pinnacle that would help me attain that lifelong goal. CSU has helped me set, work toward and reach all of my current personal and professional goals.''

- James Shaw, CSU Graduate

'' The flexibility of the schedule was the reason I chose CSU. They are partnered with my county which is beneficial but with working a full time job as well as a part time job and volunteering as a chief, my schedule is packed and can change very quickly. CSU's class format allowed me to keep my regular schedule and still complete my classes.''

- Amanda Martin, CSU Graduate

Why Columbia Southern University?

  • Flexible Learning: : CSU's LifePace Learning® format allows you to study at your own pace; you can complete a course in as early as four weeks or as long as 10 weeks. There are no set login times, no deadlines for assignments, and you can access courses 365 days a year.
  • Student Services: From academic advising sessions to career counseling, CSU provides you with the academic and professional support to ensure your success during your studies and beyond.
  • Affordability: Tuition rates at CSU are well below the national average.
  • Financial Assistance: CSU offers Pell Grant and Federal Loan programs, as well as payment plan options and scholarship opportunities.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

As an applicant to Columbia Southern University's programs, you must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Columbia Southern University offers the following degree programs:

  1. Business
    • AS - Business
    • BS - Business Administration
    • BS - Human Resource Management
    • BSBA - Finance
    • BSBA - Hospitality and Tourism
    • BSBA - Human Resource Management
    • BSBA - Information Technology
    • BSBA - International Management
    • BSBA - Management
    • BSBA - Marketing
    • BSBA - Project Management
    • BSBA - Sport Management
    • Doctor of Business Administration
    • Graduate Certificate - Finance
    • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
    • Graduate Certificate - Project Management
    • MBA - Finance
    • MBA - General
    • MBA - Health Care Management
    • MBA - Human Resource Management
    • MBA - Marketing
    • MBA - Project Management
    • MBA - Public Administration
  2. Criminal Justice
    • AS - Criminal Justice
    • BS - Criminal Justice Admin.
    • BS - Criminal Justice Admin./Arson Investigation
    • MS - Criminal Justice Admin.
  3. Environmental Management
    • BS - Environmental Management
    • Graduate Certificate - Environmental Management
  4. Fire Science
    • AS - Fire Science
    • BS - Fire Administration
    • BS - Fire Administration/Fire Investigation
    • BS - Occupational Safety/Fire Science
  5. General
    • AA - General Studies
  6. Healthcare
    • AS - Health Information Science
    • AS - Health Information Science Med. Coding Emph
    • BS - Emergency Medical Services Administration
    • BS - Health Care Administration
    • BS - Health Care Administration/Emer Med Service
    • Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
    • MS - Emergency Services Management
  7. Homeland Security
    • BS - Homeland Security
  8. Information Technology
    • BS - Information Systems Security
    • BS - Information Systems Security/Homeland Security
    • BS - Information Technology
  9. Management
    • BS - Organizational Leadership
    • MS - Organizational Leadership
  10. Marketing
    • Graduate Certificate - Marketing
  11. Occupational Safety and Health
    • AS - Occupational Safety and Health
    • BS - Occupational Safety and Health
    • MS - Occupational Safety and Health
    • MS - Occupational Safety and Health/Envir. Mgmt
  12. Psychology
    • BS - Psychology
  13. Public Administration
    • Graduate Certificate - Public Administration
    • MPA - Criminal Justice Administration
    • MPA - Emergency Services Management
    • MPA - General
  14. Public Health
    • MPH - Community Health Education
    • MPH - General