The Smart Choice for Adult Learners

For 25 years, Columbia Southern University has been helping our students develop their careers by teaching material that’s relevant to their industry and today’s workplace.

Taught by experienced industry experts, CSU’s courses have been recognized for their rigorous academic material, high-caliber instruction and commitment to advancing the industries that they serve.

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Blackboard Catalyst Awards

Founded in 2005, the annual Catalyst Awards recognize and honor innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice. In 2017, the CSU instructional design staff was selected for a Catalyst Award in the Exemplary Course category.


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Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Program

CSU’s B.S. in occupational safety and health is listed as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. The BCSP—a leader in high quality credentialing for safety, health and environmental practitioners—acknowledged the degree program after a thorough review of its curriculum and deeming it as a substantial match to the Associate Safety Professional® exam.


Quality Matters Implementation Plan

Quality Matters® Certified Courses

Quality Matters, a recognized leader in quality assurance for online education, uses a peer-review process to determine whether an online course meets the QM standard for design for our students. By ensuring our course design is consistent, it simplifies the navigation process for students, helping them to focus more on their studies and less on locating their coursework.


SHRM Affiliate

SHRM Affiliate

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing more than 200,000 HR professionals across 165 countries. CSU’s undergraduate degrees in HR management align with SHRM’s HR curriculum guidebook and templates.


FESHE Recognized

FESHE Recognized

CSU’s A.S. in fire science administration and B.S. in fire science administration are Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognized through the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.


Top Military School

Top Military School

Named as one of the top Military Friendly® schools, CSU is honored to serve military members, veterans and their families. With a military student population of approximately 40%, CSU takes great pride in providing the highest level of service through our dedicated military support teams.


ISHM Board Approved Programs

ISHM Board Approved Programs

CSU's B.S. in occupational safety and health, M.S. in occupational safety and health and M.S. in emergency services management are listed as board-approved programs by the Institute of Safety and Health Management, a well-respected, accredited credentialing body that provides certifications for safety and health professionals.


HRCI Top Employer

HRCI Top Employer

CSU is a certified HR Certification Institute Top Employer. For more than 40 years, HRCI has provided professionals with the world’s most trusted and recognized HR certifications.


DEAC

DEAC

Columbia Southern University is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.