Columbia Southern University, headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama, was founded in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes Sr., who remained president of the school until his death in 2005. The school provides online degree programs, and has expanded its program offerings since its foundation. The school is designed to meet the scheduling demands of its students, allowing for familial and work obligations to be fulfilled while pursuing a degree. The school is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Columbia Southern University offers certificate, associate, bachelor, master and doctoral programs. The school provides a variety of majors. The school has agreements in place with a large number of universities throughout the country allowing for the transfer of credits to and from the institution, allowing for additional education opportunities.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions to Columbia Southern University requires individuals wishing to enter its undergraduate programs to be a high school graduate, have a GED, have obtained 12 semester credits from a college, a veteran. The master program requires individuals to have obtained a bachelor degree. The doctoral degree in business administration requires both a bachelor and master degree in business or a related field and a minimum of two years work experience to be considered. Financial aid is available through federal grants and loans, scholarships, or through military aid programs. Students in need of financial aid may contact the school's financial aid office to obtain assistance in the application process. Members of the military trough the army's GoArmyEd tuition assistance program.
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Natural Resources and Conservation
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
*Amounts for tuition, fees, and supplies are an estimate which are calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimated to provide a comparative context. For more detailed information individuals are asked to contact the school.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The cost of attendance is approximately $7,800 per year, after the grants, scholarships and other forms of aid are calculated. In order to calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The financial details shown on this page are an approximation. The actual costs may differ, please contact CSU for more information.
Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.
Tuition & Fees Information
Undergraduate Courses - Tuition Details
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $5,000-$6,000
- For part-time students, charges are between $210-$250 per unit
- Required fees for full-time students: $100
Graduate Courses - Tuition Details
- Tuition is estimated to be around $5,400 per year for graduate students
- Required fees for graduate students are around $100
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||73%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||57%||$4,043|
|Receiving Student Loans||56%||$6,410|
Other Career Colleges
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Columbia Southern University.
- Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS (136 miles away)
- University of Phoenix - Jackson Campus in Flowood, MS (204 miles away)
- Strayer University - Mississippi in Jackson, MS (208 miles away)
- Strayer University - Alabama in Birmingham, AL (224 miles away)