California Coast University was founded in 1973 with the intent of reaching the student who, because of location, profession or time commitments, did not allow them to attend the traditional university.

The programs at CCU are directed to the mid-career adult that is self-motivated and an independent learner. The average student at CCU is 41 years old and works full time. Over 80% of the students have 3-15 years of experience in their field of study before they enroll at CCU. The pace of the course work is set by the student and supervised by a faculty member. This means that the desired degree is earned completely at the pace of the student but usually completed in 1-3 years.

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The Good

  • Flexible Course Policies

Flexible Course Policies

California Coast University is completely online and targets the mature professional. The vast majority of their students have prior college/work experience so the courses are self-directed, self-paced and independent. Time limits are in place so a course cannot drag on forever.

  • Courses are self-paced but a requirement of completing two courses per year is mandatory and a time limit of 5 years is in place to finish desired degree. Ten years for a doctorate.
  • Course work can begin at any time. There are no quarters or semesters.
  • Three different payment plans in place to help students with the cost. No interest is charged.

Since students have already gained a plethora of knowledge or expertise working, they are able to obtain additional certification or degrees that will benefit them in their current job situation. Some graduated students were able to qualify for promotions or pay raises due to their additional education.

The Bad

  • Limited Course Offerings

Limited Course Offerings

The programs offered at CCU are a bit limited. Their emphasis seems to be Business Administration, Psychology and Criminal Justice. They offer more Masters and Doctoral degrees than Bachelors and Associates.

  • Only 52% of their graduates received a pay increase or promotion within two years of completing their degree.
  • Limited programs offered with only twenty-seven degrees available.

While students can obtain undergraduate and even postgraduate degrees, prospective students should be aware of the subject manner California Coast University offers. These programs are broken down into the following:

  • Criminal Justice (3 programs)
  • Psychology (3 programs)
  • General Studies (2 programs)
  • Health Care (3 programs)
  • Business Administration (4 programs)
  • Marketing (3 programs)
  • Management (4 programs)
  • Education (5 programs)

The Bottom Line

If you are a mature adult who has already finished some college and/or worked in the professional environment and works full time presently, CCU would be a good fit. The curriculum definitely skews to the self-disciplined professional that is used to self-imposed completion dates. The time allowed to finish degrees is generous but also makes the student have a plan in place to finish in a timely manner. The payment plans, and a 10% discount for military personal are a financial help for the working students.

For working professionals interested in continuing their education within a desire field of study, there is an application process that will need to be completed. Each student must:

  1. Submit background information (includes application, official transcripts, resume, specialized training, etc.)
  2. Take assessment which will help place students in appropriate courses
  3. Sign enrollment agreement
  4. Create a degree plan
  5. Participate in an online orientation

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