Founded in 1993 and based in Alabama, Columbia Southern University is an online university offered degrees to potential students across the country. They offer associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and career certifications across the country. They are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is recognized by the Department of Education.


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The Good

  • Degree type
  • Term dates
  • Cost
  • No application fees
  • Transfer credits

Degree Type. Columbia Southern University offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s programs. They range from business to sports management to human resources. They also offer certificate programs if students are looking to further their education in that way.

Term Dates. They offered two different tracks so students are able to choose the best fit for them. Each term last about 6 weeks. Potential students can plan classes around their lifestyle and schedule.

Cost. Columbia Southern University charges $210 per credit hour. Other online career certification companies can charge upwards of $700 per credit hour. CSU also offers scholarships and military discounts for those who qualify.

No Application Fees. Many schools require an application fee for those interested in the program. Columbia Southern University does not require any fees to apply.

Transfer Credits. Columbia Southern University allows up to 75 percent of credits to be transfer for undergraduate degrees and 50 percent of credits for graduate degrees. While this is not the best policy we’ve seen, it certainly allows for students looking to transfer to do so with ease.

The Bad

  • History
  • Online only

History. Columbia Southern University has not been around as long as some of the other career certification institutions. It was founded in 1993, while other institution have been around for 50 or even 80 plus years.

Online Only. Columbia Southern University offers only online classes, not any on-campus classes. Other institutions gives students the option for on-campus or online classes.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for an online education only, then Columbia Southern University could be the right fit for you. They offer a large variety of degrees at low costs per credit hour. Columbia Southern University is worth taking a look at if online career advancement is right for you.

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