Columbia Southern University Reviews - Master's in Business
Review of Business Masters Degrees
Excellent school. I was a bit wary still about pursuing an online degree, but the education I was received at CSU was excellent. I was impressed that they were able to balance a flexible schedule with a rigorous course of study and high expectations. It definitely took a lot of work, a lot of effort, and yes a lot time studying, reading, thinking, and writing, but I learned a lot, became more competitive at my job, and more competitive in the marketplace as well. I would definitely recommend.
Great faculty. Easy to to work with. Being an active duty military soldier at the time and a the most senior rank, CSU provided the perfect opportunity to fit my hectic schedule. I plan to enroll again in the near future for my doctorate. In fact, I have recommended CSU to many of my subordinates and they all have moved into very successful post military careers.
CSU classes were much tougher than the brick and mortar classes I'd become accustomed completing my undergraduate degrees. After completing my CSU MBA I was promoted to the top 1% of the military rank, and later retired and I continue to find even greater career success Fortune 500 companies. The education I received has been paramount to my success and I'm grateful for CSU's option of completing my degree at my pace. Thank you!
A tremendous learning experience. While not nationally know, the classes were challenging with a lot of work involved. The cost was reasonable and the instructors and staff were tremendous every step of the way. A great school to earn a degree for working people.
The courses are great! The format is presented professionally and follows easy! The professors are informed and experts in the field! The University staff is great! - I have NO complaints! I have been attending since 2013. I have attended several traditional Colleges/University schools, as well as attending several online Colleges, this format is by far the best! The professional improvement is clear and noticed by my coworkers, and managers. It has directly improved my professional standing and contributed to advancements in my career! You will need: Dedication, Time Management skills, Character and a 'Self starting mentality', and an ability to hit the ground runnning! the sessions are 8 weeks long and there is no time to 'catch up' - it isn't fair to you, your class mates, the professor's, or the University! Great School, Great staff and I am a proud Alumni! I am currently attending to complete my MBA and know the quality of that credential will be well accepted and applied in my professional setting! Good luck to all considering attending, welcome aboard and best wishes!
Very positive experience. I did a lot of research looking for Master’s program and had a friend whom graduated from CSU, so I contacted advisors, and following a couple conversations decided to enroll. Along with the book program, (very military friendly) Federal TA the university works with, reviews I was reading, and the overall friendly and helpful environment of the staff, I felt it was a win win. I work a lot, travel often for work, have 3 kids, involved in different volunteer programs, and sit on a board as the finance officer for a local organization within my community. My schedule would not support being tied down to time requirements to be online and blog. CSU fit the needs of my schedule perfectly. Couple thing to take into account if you are thinking of enrolling. Be prepared to read, write, and do the work. Classes are 10 weeks built on an 8 week configuration. So it allowed me to take a week off every 4 weeks, providing I stayed up on my assignments. It also assisted in providing additional time for the readings and research needed to be successful in achieving what you are paying for in your studies. • Reading….be prepared to read. Not only the text, which in an average week you could be reading 100+ pages, plus on line research, and other scholarly articles in preparation for whatever the weeks writing may require. Some textbooks you can get in PDF, which I found to be very helpful with travel and indexing for citation. • Citation….learn, live, and love APA. The professors will demand it. • CSU Professors….Overall, and by that I mean 98% of my professors were outstanding. They will challenged you and provided insightful feedback. Understand, that not all professors are good, weather online or on campus at a major university, some will just stink. I had a couple I did not agree with, does not mean they were bad, we just had a difference of opinion, and I learned from a different prospective. I think that was an interesting learning feature I was not expecting that enhanced my experience at CSU. • CSU Staff….outstanding! From the advisors to the bookstore guy, nothing but positive things to say. If you begin to fall behind…they will call. I was traveling for 3-4 weeks with little to no conductivity to turn in assignments on a couple of occasions (hard to believe in today’s world, but it is possible to go off the grid). They called to check up on me along with emails from my professors checking to see if I needed additional help. They want you to succeed. (I would download my assignments prior to travel, another great feature of the coursework) • Textbooks….Some I liked, some I did not. Many professors will require some citation from the text, they also realize that is not the only place of information in learning. Get to know the library online at CSU. Great resource for additional learning and citation in supporting your writings. Hope this helps if you are thinking of CSU. CSU fit my lifestyle, due to work, family, and community commitments. Understand that you will be challenged, but that’s what a Master’s degree is, it is not easy. If you’re looking for an easy Master’s degree, it probably is not a degree worthwhile. Some classes I found easy, they fit with my ideology on business and life, others, I had to work my butt off, but learned so much. When you are done…..it’s worth it. GOOD LUCK on your decision.
I attended CSU and found the course work to be on course with a regular B and M. The staff supported me every step along the way and I was able to graduate with my MBA. This program is geared toward the mid life learner who perhaps has not attended school for a while or for someone who has a busy life but wants to include school. If you want a degree this may be the place. In terms of RA vis National, the world is changing so many learner do not have the time or the desire to go to class so moving forward, most learning will ve via the internet. Go CSU!
CSU is a GREAT school. Everyone, from administrators to faculty to customer support, works hard to make sure students have what they need to be successful. Do not go in thinking this is easy though. CSU is very writing intensive. The good news is that they also have tutors that can help you develop the writing skills you need if this is not a skill that is easy for you. I attended another university to complete my undergrad work and I can say without a doubt that CSU was a much more enjoyable experience!