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This is the most military friendly school I have attended. Prior to CSU I attended: St Leo's Unv, Eastern Michigan Unv, Sinclair Comm College, and Park University. I have also used CLEP and DANTES extensively. I was amazed that CSU accepted/transferred nearly all of my other college credits into their program. Since it is fully nationally accredited, I was able to use my GI bill without any problem. Their Masters Degree Program is considered full time and you only have to take one class every eight weeks. Since full time qualified me for the housing allowance, I got a nice bonus check from VA. As far as the course work, it is a lot of writing and a good amount of time spent on research. Say what you want about "on-line" schools but I have attended several brick and mortar colleges over the years and this course work has been far more challenging. The Professors are first rate and many teach at other colleges as well as CSU. All of the professors that I had, have or are currently working in the field that they are teaching. I was surprised at how many are published experts and connected within their areas of expertise. Overall this is a great choice for anyone with a military background that is self-motivated and has good time-management skills.
I just completed my BS - Criminal Justice Administration degree at Columbia Southern University. I was a "per course" student. That is, I enrolled in one class at a time and completed each one at my own pace. Most classes consisted of graded material such as essays, article reviews, research papers, and multiple choice assessments that needed to be submitted. The workload for each class varied. I found most classes to be challenging, but not daunting. There were a few classes that required over 30 essays along with a research paper or two. In summary, you will be doing a lot of writing at CSU utilizing APA format. The courses are laid out well so I didn't feel the need to have much contact with the professors. They are there if you need them though. The Academic Advisors at CSU are outstanding and extremely helpful. The bottom line with CSU is that it's a quality education at an affordable price. If you're the type of student that needs a professor to hold your hand throughout your educational journey, an online education probably isn't for you. To the contrary, if you're a motivated adult learner, I think you'll be more than satisfied with CSU. I had a stigma early on about the national accreditation (NA) that CSU holds versus a regional accreditation (RA). The truth of the matter is that some RA schools won't accept NA transfer credits. However, many RA schools have no problem accepting NA transfer credits. In my case, I applied at 3 RA schools for grad work using my CSU degree and was accepted by all three. You will also find "education snobs" that look down upon online schools versus brick and mortar schools. I have attended both types of universities and can say without a doubt that my experience as an online student was far more challenging. The only difference is I didn't need to buy a parking pass, run around a campus going from class to class, and missed out on the "keggers." If you'll notice, most major universities are recognizing that degrees completed online are the wave of the future and are moving towards that option for students.
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!
I've been attending CSU since 2006. I earned my Bachelor's degree in 2009 and am now working on my Master's. Since CSU is approved by DOE, my Bachelor's degree fulfilled my education requirement for my current job with the Department of the Interior. CSU degrees are perfectly fine for all US Government jobs that require a degree. This school is legit, the instructors and curriculum are top notch. I am extremely satisfied with my attendance.
The school has really good teachers and the academics is tough,but the professors are easy to reach, if you have any questions about a subject. The staff is very friendly and will call you to check on you, to see how you are doing in that particular class . The online blackboard is accessible to all students and I can work at my own pace.
As for the content of this degree program, it is top notch. CSU provides the books as part of the tuition payment and for most of the classes, the material covered matches the text and also real world scenarios. Another nice thing about CSU is they hire actively working professionals in the fields that you are trying to study. Keep an eye on their Advanced Industrial Hygiene professor who works both at CSU and at EKU though, he's a bit of a dork and although he means well, he doesn't always have the best interest of the student in mind. Some posters will complain about the transferability of the CSU credits.... I never had any problems as some of my credits transferred to a real university... but only those that had applicability to the new major. Those credits that had nothing to do with my new major (Public Health) transferred as electives but some (such as the introductory class (waste of time) did not. In summary, if you are looking for a cheap graduate degree, this is the place to get it. If you are looking for a degree that will help you to get a PhD, go elsewhere as the degree isn't recognized. If you are looking to take a few classes that you hope to transfer, make sure you take classes that are similar to the classes that you'll be taking at the real university. They'll transfer as electives and the real university's classes will be waived as part of you new degree program. Try to avoid taking the introductory class. It is a waste of time and money.
I was told when I started my MSc that it would count in Canada. Unfortunately the school is a money grab. If you live anywhere beside the U.S. your degree/MSc WILL NOT COUNT!!! The online MSc has potential, it was a good program but unfortunately is useless for me.
Coming from a Division 1 "Ivy League" school I feel I have a great opinion. I love the professors, they all have real world experience. They grade fairly, and do require a lot of writing! The questions they are designed to force you to think. I actually love this, it lets me really get into the information and learn how I might apply it, in a real world situation. I am not military and I find this education as intense as my education at my previous school! A lot of reading, writing, studying, you will not get a degree just for trying here, you are going to earn it! The professors mean business and have high expectations for their students, I got 100% on a research paper it took me weeks to write. I sent it to success center for critique and they sent it back and offered some criticism, which I took into account and am glad I did. CSU offers tons of opportunities to study abroad, intern etc.... SUPER HAPPY
This is my second year at Columbia Southern and I can tell you that after being out of school for so many years (I'm 50), I didn't think I could cut it going back to college. I have found the staff to be extremely helpful and the classes interesting and challenging. This is a great place to get your degree, and I cannot wait to walk across that stage and get mine in 2017! The professors and advisors are great, and the price to get your degree here is very reasonable compared to other colleges. I highly recommend trying out Columbia Southern University if you are thinking about getting your degree.
My experience with CSU was that it was a very good school. I have my undergrad from UCLA and have worked in the business world for the past 15 years. I set a personal goal for myself to attain my MBA by the time I turned 40 and CSU was perfect for me as a working professional. The on line learning system allowed me to schedule my learning activities around my full time job and my family obligations. The coursework was challenging but not overwhelming. The faculty were friendly and timely with responses to questions. All in all, I learned a lot from the experience and I highly recommend CSU for working professionals who want to advance in their careers.