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I completed my MBA at CSU and then decided to continue with the DBA program. The MBA was of value, but the DBA is not. I found that the set courses were fairly straightforward to get through, however the support and expertise at the dissertation stage was abysmal. Extremely poor feedback and I came away with the view that the professors are purely academics with no real world business experience. They have no idea about the real issues facing modern business, and instead look to slow one's progress as much as possible to keep you repeating courses - which of course you have to pay a new fee each time. I showed my work to experts outside of CSU and they were astonished at the obvious lack of business sense by the professors. You may think that the course is cost effective, but you haven't taken into account the multiple times they will make you repeat the dissertation phase courses. At that point you are so invested in finishing (80% through) that you won't stop paying. I paid well over 10k more than they advertised. Don't do the DBA.
My student advisor has been amazing helping me transitioning from my B.S directly into my Masters program with out skipping a beat. with her assistance I will be able to complete my degree with no issues. The great professors also help along the way.
My experience at CSU was amazing. I am an adult student with double masters. I found the classes to be challenging and the instructors sound. I had one instructor that was an outlier in a negative way. I filed a complaint with that one. Some instructors were very strict and some were less so, but overall i felt i had a very good education. I have been able to use my MBA in current line of work.
I earned my Bachelor's of Science this year and one reason I chose this school is because they are accredited with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. One reviewer gave a one star rating because he said the school manufactured reviews. I can assure you that I am not affiliated with the staff of the school besides being a student. You have to earn your grades and yes I did realize that some instructors were stricter than others. I gave 4 stars because of some technical problems I've had with the school when my financial aid ran out and while the school worked with me, it was still an aggravating circumstance. Great school and great instructor, lowest priced online accredited school in the United States, but watch your financial aid status otherwise it'll be a lot of red tape. Also, read every email from the school because sometimes their curriculum becomes changed or updated as they become accredited by another certification body. I'm happy with my degree and employers accept it because of their reputation.
I went here for two years and earned my BS in Business with a focus in Human Resource Management. Anyone who says the classes are easy...is lying. You have to earn your grades. Anyone who says your credits aren't transferable...hasnt done their homework. I found the professors to be engaging and informative. Whrn I got really sick and was hospitalized...I was allowed to extend my classes by 30 days which helpwd immensely. Compared to many online colleges...CSU is one of the best in my opinion.
I want to first state that online university is a different a sometimes misunderstood approach to education. Although this is outside of the norm there are some benefits to pursuing a degree online, specifically Columbia Southern University. First off, the course load is manageable especially for a full time worker with a family. Second, the cost is reasonable. With that being said, you will get what you put in- I spent the majority of my first year just skating by however once I started engaging in the lesson plans, reading the provided prompt, and attempting the assignments with the lesson plans and readings in mind, I found that I was very successful. I have already been offered a job in the field without my graduation (which is Jan. 2019)- more pay, better schedule, and better benefits. In my mind that is a home run. In closing, this education platform is exactly what you make it out to be- for me, I put in the time and energy and it paid off with a bright new career.
The school has been great over the years I have attend this school for the last four years. Lately though this school has started to hire teacher that are very unqualified for the classes they teach. I'm taking a class right now the instructor is a teacher that has no business teaching what so ever. There is no way you can pass the course with the syllabus you are given. The question you are asked isn't what he's asking for. You respond with what the book shows and cite it and he still fails you on the assignment. States you should look it up some where else and cite that. This will be my last class at the school. I'll transfer to AMU. I have never taken a class like this in my life. There is no right answer to any of the questions. I call the school talk to them and they give me excuses and tell me some instructors are strict. People I'm military I understand strict but theirs got to be a correct answer to something coming out of a textbook. Keep in mind this is Unit Assessments from a textbook that he's asking to answer not essay papers. All I can do is shake my head on this one. Never failed a course but this one is going t be close and kill my GPA. They say just drop the class then I have to pay back 750 dollars to the military. This school has lost touch with reality of online classes.
I decided to wait until graduating to post a review, so I could share my entire experience. I graduated in 2017 with my bachelors in business administration. I loved CSU for many reasons! CSU was one of the most affordable online schools. I qualified for a Pell grant through financial aid, which paid for almost my entire schooling every term. The only things I really had to pay for out of pocket were my proctored final exams which were about $20/piece. The school, the instructors, and the staff were all very helpful along the way. This university is very organized. Classes are all in 8 week terms if you use financial aid. I love the flexibility of being able to get online anytime I want to finish my work. Weekly assignments typically consisted of a classroom community forum where a topic would be posted and you would be expected to discuss it. The second part of the assignment would usually be either a 2-5 page paper or a PowerPoint presentation. To prepare someone who may be thinking about attending CSU you HAVE to be knowledgeable in how to write essays. I had to write essays almost every week in every class. If you are a student who does not like to write or does not know APA style I would advise you to either learn it or pick another school. CSU is VERY essay heavy. You will have to learn how to manage your time to finish the research for those essays and the writings on time! But overall I would highly recommend CSU to anyone looking to advance themselves. It is a college that provides a great education at an even better price! And, yes, after finishing my degree I was able to find a job in the healthcare field in a bachelors preferred position.
I am currently attending CSU. Having previously attended a traditional school, I was a little nervous about online classes but I am pleasantly surprised and impressed. Classes are challenging and the life pace program lets me submit work at my convenience, which is important to me working full-time with sometimes varying schedules. The teachers have been very accessible so far. This school is definitely geared towards independent, adult learners and may not be the best fit for someone straight out of high school. Prepare to write lots of papers.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Great classes and flexible schedule. Staff and professors were easy to reach and responded very quickly to questions. If you are employed full-time the life pace program should work well for you. Eight weeks to complete the course is sufficient time.