Columbia Southern University Reviews

  • 175 Reviews
  • Orange Beach (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
87% of 175 students said this degree improved their career prospects
79% of 175 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Bruce W.
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I’ve completed both my associates and bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health with Columbia Southern University (CSU). CSU’s Occupational Safety and Health program is recognized by both the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). Both of these agencies are the credentialing authorities for Safety Practitioners and CSU is the only nationally accredited institute recognized by BCSP for having a Qualified Academic Program (QAP). What this means is that the same rigor found in regionally accredited QAP’s are administered at CSU, essentially you are learning the same BCSP & IHMM approved course material as any other qualifying university. There seems to be a lot of conflicting “first hand” accounts regarding the accreditation value of this degree that I hope I’ve been able to clear up. Upon completion of a bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health, you can apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation through BCSP. This designation can be applied toward the eligibility to sit for testing of the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) without having to attain the Associate Safety Professional credential. Additionally, you can apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) credential through the IHMM once you are completed with your bachelor’s. Lastly, at the writing of this review, the IHMM has begun a pilot program with CSU that allows students to apply for the Student Hazardous Materials Management (ST-CHMM) credential. The value of education you receive at CSU for completing the bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health is recognized by all major credentialing authorities and the U.S. Department of Education. If you want a solid education in Occupational Safety and Health administered by leading industry professionals, this is a great place to start that journey. -AM1, USN, Ret."
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2021
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2050
"Sucked they moved my credits from 42 to 54. If you never want top graduate this is the school. They did a poor job explaining if you dont continuously go to school you will have to take additional classes. Hard to graduate in your Active Military...."
Lamont R
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Columbia Southern University is a nationally accredited university. As such, regionally accredited colleges (most) will not accept the credits earned at this institution. All its faculty as I understand must possess degrees from regionally accredited schools. I have many degrees – ALL from regionally accredited colleges. I chose CSU’s MBA in Project Management because I am a seasoned professional and I already have a viable career. What CSU offers me is a low stress course of study where I can earn the ‘sheep skin’ and check the block should I want to move within my organization. I would not recommend this school for a student coming out of high school looking to make their mark on the world. However, for adult learners who are already experienced – this school great! How much you learn is totally up to you. I know that to pass the PMP exam, I better study and take all my assignments seriously. At CSU (as with any school) how much you learn is largely up to you. I don’t agree that it’s a diploma mill as you must complete your work. The courses are NOT as challenging as DePaul University – and thank God for that! This degree is recognized and accepted by all government agencies and most large corporations that I am aware of that offer their employee’s tuition assistance will pay for your degree at CSU. That itself is a strong indication that it’s NOT a diploma mill. Let’s put it in its proper perspective: DePaul MBA vs CSU’s MBA, DePaul wins hands down in every respect! DePaul’s MBA may cost you over $100K, CSU will cost you much less than $10K. I already have a job and some of the positions at my organization will require an MBA – they did not say from WHERE the MBA must be earned! The only requirement is that the degree must be accredited, and national accreditation is good enough! For all of you complainers out there, I suggest that you get yourself back to the program. If some of your instructors are extra soft, then oh well – get the sheep’s skin!"
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2020
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I completed an MBA program that had a concentration in healthcare administration within the past year with CSU. I thought that after completing this degree it would be beneficial to my career, but at this point it has not really landed me any new interviews nor any promotions. I already had a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers in Public Health and I thought this additional degree would get me thru the door with various companies for a better position, but at this point, it has not. Landing a higher job in many cases is more so who you know and the connections you have, rather then your education or even your skill level. There are many cases that I have seen with people in higher positions who do not have a master’s, but only a bachelor’s degree and they make it higher up in an organization because of who they know or even their skin color rather then their skill level or contribution to a company. Before going to this school be cautious and do your research thoroughly."
  • Reviewed: 7/14/2020
  • Degree: Occupational Safety
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I started to pursue a Master's of Occupational Safety and Health at this school, but realized after my first class that my degree would not be worth the paper it was printed on. For a master's level course, very little effort was required to get an "A" in the class. Honestly, I just started to completely bluff my papers and assignments without even reading the required materials once I realized no matter what I submitted, I would get a high B or A."
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2020
  • Degree: Management
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"After enrolling, I learned Columbia Southern University is considered a diploma mill. Credits at Columbia Southern University will not transfer to traditional universities. I transferred to accredited school and had to retake courses completed at Columbia Southern University. There was no comparison. The courses at Columbia Southern lacked detail and did not extensively cover the material. It was a waste of money."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I had a great experience here at CSU. Most of my instructors were willing to go above and beyond when required. I required very little assistance from the school itself but whwn requested they were quick to respond and resolve all matters in a tinely manner. I was able to land a good paying job the same day I graduated i would reccomend this course to anyone looking to get ahead with their education."
James Sims
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2019
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"A for-profit, family-owned school. The diploma you get here isn't worth the paper they print it on. You should look for a REGIONALLY ACCREDITED school. There's a reason CSI can't earn a regional accredation. Don't waste you money and time here. They focus on recruiting students, not educating them."
Lamont R.
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2019
  • Degree: Project Management
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"CSU is a nationally accredited school. I have earned two master's degrees from regionally accredited college, and I consider myself a 'life-learner.' I honestly don't foresee a time when I will stop attending school. I can tell you that the opportunity to learn and apply yourself is as available here at CSU as any other regionally accredited school. With that said, students coming right out of high school are better off in a RA school and have that campus experience and interaction. For established professionals, however, this program is GREAT! You can work and perform in your courses as your busy schedule permits. You can learn as much as you desire at CSU as they are very-well resourced. I like my program a lot, and I have found that the instructors at CSU are more attentive than what I had experienced at other schools that were regionally accredited. The cost of the program is very 'pocket-friendly' and is an over great value and an excellent investment in your career!"
Chelsea Jordan
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2019
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Both Bachelor's programs I participated in were high class. Even though I decided to complete school solely with online courses, I felt very much attended to by all staff members and professors. For the most part, professors had grades returned within two business days and provided insightful feedback. Only downside is some of the classes are starting to not use physical books, which for me I have found to be challenging."