Search Reviews by College:

California Southern University Reviews

97% of users found this page helpful Was this page helpful?
27 Reviews
85%
Recommend This School
84%
Degree Improved Career
Search over 214,000 programs:
4 out of 5
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Actually, I did not get a degree/certificate, I just took doctoral-level psychology courses to supplement my Ed.D. degree from Walden University. I really liked the "laid-back, yet professional" atmosphere of the classes and the instructors. The coursework was demanding but not overbearing and I learned a lot. The tuition is very cheap and classes start monthly. Each class is completed in 8 weeks. I really considered getting a second doctorate (Psy.D.) at the CalSouthern, but the program is set up for people who want to be licensed and go into practice. I just wanted a general Psy.D. that was non-licensure and allowed me the freedom to take more electives. Nonetheless, I recommend the university highly.

5 out of 5
-
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020

I'm an active student at California Southern University. The DBA is very challenging. I have found the staff and mentors(professors)to be very helpful. I'd recommend the school and the DBA program to anyone who is seeking to broaden their business education at a highly challenging intellectual level. I enjoy the flexibility of the online experience and plan to beat the schools record for getting a DBA in slightly less than 2.5 years. I recommend the school. 

5 out of 5
-
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020

I'm an active student at California Southern University. The DBA is very challenging. I have found the staff and mentors(professors)to be very helpful. I'd recommend the school and the DBA program to anyone who is seeking to broaden their business education at a highly challenging intellectual level. I enjoy the flexibility of the online experience and plan to beat the schools record for getting a DBA in slightly less than 2.5 years. I recommend the school. 

Search over 214,000 programs:
5 out of 5
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020

I am really enjoying my classes at California Southern University. It's master's degree program is challenging, but I am learning a lot. The staff at CSU cares abut your learning, and they touch base with you. I would recommend this program for people who prefer not to commute to classes and are self motivated. I feel like I am getting a "good" education.

5 out of 5
-
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

California Southern University is a great University. My doctorate this year was the "capstone" to my career. Having been working in mental health for the past almost 30-years the University offered me an alternative way to learn and improve myself. The professors, who are called mentors were all great and highly qualified as they have experience in both the "real world" and the University which makes them more holistic individuals. Initially I started thinking it would be too much work to earn the PsyD, but focused on one class at a time with the intention of learning something new which made me a better clinician for the folks that I worked with. Ideally the clinician applies what they learn with their interactions with clients. So, yes for me the Degree was worth the hard work, believing that anything worth achieving requires an amount of effort helps.

5 out of 5
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Studying at CalSouthern was an absolutely amazing experience. The courses were relevant to my field, delivered to the utmost standard with the professors always being available and reviewing projects, papers and ultimately my thesis to a very high standard. Going back to University was quite tough, it took me about 20 hours per week to go through the reading material, research on their very up todate library and submit papers. I can only recommend CalSouthern!

5 out of 5
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

I have a masters in Clinical Counseling from an APA accredited school, and am currently working as a mental health counselor. I have attended both state and private schools and the curriculum and level of mastery expected by California Southern is by far the most challenging. I had reservations at first in obtaining my PsyD from an online school, however California Southern has exceeded my expectations. They have a plethora of online resources and data bases. I am currently enrolled in my third class and plan on continuing. That being said, this program is a fit for a person who is a self starter and is able to work independently.

5 out of 5
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

If you are able to withstand the rigors of a focused program with specific criteria that needs to be met this will be a good program to consider. With regional accreditation this program does meet the requirements in a number of states to sit for licensure as a psychologist. It is critical to determine if your state will accept this program as some do not. The doctoral project process is rigorous without the sacrifice of years of schooling focused on one topic as with PhD programs. I became a better clinician, met a primary life goal and have now had career opportunities that I would never otherwise had because of my education at CSU. If you need a lot of consistent feedback, socialization and assistance to stay on task this may not be the program for you. If you are a busy clinician who wants a flexible academic schedule that a full time doctoral program would not be suitable for CSU may just be exactly what you are looking for. The reasonable tuition rates don't exactly hurt either. Great experience all the way around.

3 out of 5
-
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

I have only taken a few courses so far. My academic advisor isnt very responsive and you get the sense that she feels put upon in each interaction. In fact, it should have been a red flag to me when she called me twice within about an hour when I enrolled to welcome me with the identical spiel; she had no idea she already just talked to me and was fake knowledgeable about me personally. I didnt say anything. I just listened both times and laughingly mentioned to my friend that I could tell the experience was going to be less than personal. Hopefully I wont need to count on her for anything too important, a little worrisome. My teachers (they use the term faculty mentor) have been good and available, but really you need to be self-motivated and able to figure things out for yourself. My second teacher seemed to be new to the school and was having difficulty understanding their systems. It made it a little tricky because I got the feeling from her that people might have been complaining about her learning curve and so she seemed a little on edge. It all worked out though. The classes are good. If you have no experience in psychology, the material is challenging - not neurosurgery, med school challenging but you cant just spend a few hours each weekend and get through the material. It is time consuming with lots of reading, 4-6 papers per class, a weekly forum blog to post and a two-hour final exam covering all the material from the texts. As an aside, buy your texts online somewhere. I tried their bookstore on their website and it was a train wreck, with nice people who were completely incompetent (at least in the one instance when I tried to buy from them). Also, do not rely on their list of books in the section where you click on links to classes and books needed; go to the course syllabus and get books listed there. I have at least one instance where there was a mismatch and the syllabus is what is operable. By the way, another instance when I reached out to my advisor who was her usual completely unhelpful self. I am reasonably happy with my experience so far for the price. I am very happy with classes and teachers and if my advisors responsiveness and interactional style were better, I would rate it as an excellent experience. So, I am not worried that I am not learning what I need, but just slightly concerned that if (really when) I hit a glitch, I have an advisor that wont be all that helpful.

1 out of 5
-
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

The faculty are nice and mean well, but are underpaid and so I can't really blame them for not always being available when you need them. The admin staff or 'academic advisors' as they are called, in the school of business are under-qualified and will get back to you when they feel like it. Jovan Zamorano was always great example of the level of incompetence I grew to expect when dealing with the staff.

Search over 214,000 programs:

Browse by Program

Masters
Doctoral
Thank you for your vote! Was this page helpful?
97% of 96 users found this page helpful.
Disclaimer: GradReports makes student reviews available via this site. The views expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the views of GradReports. GradReports takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content. For additional information, refer to our Review Guidelines.
This icon indicates that a school offers annual tuition for $15,000 or less. Tuition figures reflect the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics or data provided by an official representative of the school.