• Address: 3330 Harbor Blvd Costa Mesa, California 92626

  • Phone Number: 800-477-2254

  • Website: https://www.calsouthern.edu/

About

California Southern University is a private-not-for-profit, 100% online university headquartered at Irvine, California. The institute is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education(BPPE). It is a regionally accredited online learning institute and aims mainly at working adult learners demographics, enabling them to pursue higher education in a convenient manner.

  • The university was founded by Dr. Donald Hecht in 1978.

  • The university provides one-to-one faculty mentoring.

  • The average graduation rate is 47%.

  • University Accreditation - The university is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.

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Online Education at California Southern University

  • The university is a 100% online university. The online programs are designed to be easily incorporated into the busy schedules of working adults and professionals, seeking to gain in-depth knowledge in a particular subject or to expand career opportunities and personal potential.

  • In addition to the Master Lecture Series, the university produces a range of alternate live presentations or video productions including remote or on-location interviews with noted practitioners, career-oriented discussions with industry leaders or professional association executives, utilitarian presentations with experienced professionals in the field, and videos featuring faculty members, learners, and alumni.

  • Assignment completion and submission are facilitated by Office 365 cloud-based productivity tools. Interaction with professors is done through skype or down-the-line.


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  • The university has a friendly learning interface for hassle-free understanding. The classes are interactive and go way beyond lecture videos and tutorials.

  • The university provides real-time one-on-one interaction with professionals in the field and faculty members. Live streaming of workshops, presentations by professionals and lectures are also provided.

  • The fees are reasonable and the content is of high quality. There is a rigorously planned and constantly updated syllabus. The faculty is well versed and happy to help.

  • The interactive nature of the online program keeps the classes interesting and the concepts easy to grasp.

  • The learning center is easy to use and the interface is simple to understand. Finding syllabus, assignments, exams and textbook list is accessible on the front page itself.

  • Faculty members, academic advisors, librarian and IT support staff are all easily accessible and helpful.

Overview

Institution Type

Private Not-For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Irvine, California

FAFSA/Federal School Code

California Southern University is not Eligible for Financial Aid

Institutional Accreditation

WSCUC

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Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://www.calsouthern.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Majors and Online Programs

California Southern University offers 30 online programs across 8 Majors

Business Management

Offering 10 programs accross 4 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Nursing

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Psychology

Offering 9 programs accross 4 degrees

Applied Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Law

Offering 5 programs accross 2 degrees

Health Science

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Education

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

California Southern University Admission Process

Admissions to California Southern University

Admission Requirements

For Bachelor Programs 

  • The candidates are required to have a high school diploma from an accredited institution or a GED.

  • The candidates are required to have current license as a registered nurse in the state where they practice if they are seeking admission into the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing program

  • A total of 120-semester credits are required for the bachelor’s degree. For coursework completed at an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution, the California Southern University may accept a maximum of 90-semester credits in transfer toward the bachelor’s degree

  • The credit earned in national examinations such as CLEP and DSST, or in military service schools may be accepted in transfer additionally

  • To be considered for transfer, the credit must be earned in undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or higher

  • California Southern University must have official transcripts of college work, official transcripts of CLEP results, and a certified copy of the DD-214 for military schooling or military transcripts of the students in order to evaluate prior work

  • A block transfer may be possible if the applicant has earned an associate degree from an appropriately accredited institution in the discipline of the degree being sought


For Master's Degree

  • The candidates are required to have a bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent completed at an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution for admission to the master’s programs

  • The candidates seeking admission to MBA program must have previously completed a bachelor’s degree in a business related area or should have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in business, industry, or a non-profit organization

  • The candidates seeking admission for MBA program applicants but do not meet the criteria mentioned above must successfully complete MGT 85900, Business Management, prior to enrolling in their first MBA course

  • The candidates are required to have a valid RN license and bachelor’s of science in nursing if they are seeking admission to Master of Science in Nursing program

  • The applicants for graduate program should submit a Personal Statement as defined in the application and Enrollment Process

  • To assess writing ability, readiness to pursue a graduate degree, and potential for success as a student at California Southern University, the Academic Evaluation Team uses the Personal Statement of the applicants

  • A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits may be accepted by the California Southern University in transfer toward the MBA, MSL, M.Ed, MSLEEL, MSN or MS and a maximum of 12 credits towards the MA

  • To be considered for transfer, the credit must be earned in graduate courses with a grade of “B” or higher  


For Doctoral Degree Programs

  • The candidates seeking admission to the doctoral degree programs are required to have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution as well as a master’s degree in the field of study or related field from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution

  • The applicants may petition the team to evaluate the foundational readiness to be successful in the program if they have earned a master’s degree in another field from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution

  • A maximum of 30-semester credits may be accepted by the university in transfer for courses completed from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution toward the DBA or PsyD programs


For Juris Doctor Degree Programs

  • The candidates seeking admission to the JD degree program are required to earn bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution or its equivalent recognized by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California (CBE)

  • The candidates should submit a Personal Statement that discusses the ways in which their background, education, and professional experiences prepares them for the study of law and the ways in which their personal qualities will contribute to success as a distance learner


For Pre-baccalaureate degree Programs

  • The candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited institution

  • A maximum of 3-semester credits may be accepted by the university in transfer for which a grade of “B” or higher was earned in a course equivalent to certificate courses from an appropriately accredited institution


For International Applicants

  • The candidates must have a sufficient command of the English language to benefit from instruction at the university if their primary language is not English

  • The candidates must provide evidence of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • For undergraduate programs:

    • The candidates must have secured a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 61 on the Internet Based Test, a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 44 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report

    • The candidates should have completed a high school diploma from an appropriately accredited/ recognized high school (with the medium of instruction as English)

  • For Master’s Degree programs:

    • The candidates must have secured a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 71 on the Internet Based Test, a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report

  • For LLM and First Professional Degree or Professional Doctoral Degree:

    • The candidates must have secured a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 80 on the Internet Based Test, a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report (or)

    • The candidates should have secured a minimum score of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS English as a Second Language Placement Test

    • The candidates should have secured a minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.

 

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