Any opinion on Columbia Southern University

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by fraz m kayani, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Columbia Southern University is alright, but it isn't so cheap that I would choose it over an RA school. There are actually quite a few RA schools that have ABET, EHAC, or CEPH accreditation and offer online degrees in occupational safety or environmental health and safety.
  2. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I have not seen Steve Levicoff in quite some time. Most of the folks on the forum are very helpful and passionate about higher education. This is my first interaction with you but welcome back to the forum!
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  3. NMTTD

    NMTTD Active Member

    Columbia Southern is $235 per credit. For some people, that's definitely an attractive option. And if they aren't told to specifically get a RA degree, there's no real reason a degree from here wouldn't work.
  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    University of Central Missouri is RA and has ABET accreditation. They're $258 per credit at the undergraduate level and $379 per credit hour at the graduate level. If someone wanted to go for a certain position, such as an officer in USPHS, they wouldn't have to complete another degree in the same subject. So, like I said, Columbia Southern is alright, but I'd rather pay a little more for RA and ABET (or CEPH or EHAC) because there will be no limitations.
  5. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I should mention that, if you have the work experience or a safety certification, UCMO requires fewer credit hours than Columbia Southern for its graduate program, so UCMO turns out to be cheaper.
  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    For those who are interested in safety degrees, Missouri Southern State University has an online BS in this field that is EHAC-accredited. The cost is $299 per credit hour. They're not as cheap as UCMO at the undergraduate level, but they have the EHAC accreditation, and UCMO's ABET accreditation is only for the online master's program. But, even without the programmatic accreditation, I'd recommend UCMO's undergraduate program over Columbia Southern's since the cost difference is small. If you're interested in a business-related master's, MSSU is $350 per credit hour while Columbia Southern is $325 per credit hour, but it's been well-established in this thread that there are a good number of RA business programs that are cheaper than Columbia Southern. Considering that there are so many RA schools that are easy to get into, and some of them are self-paced, I'm not seeing the advantage of attending Columbia Southern.
  7. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Sadly, some people think it's RA or the highway. Well, I started off with an NA bachelor's and associate degree. Now, I have an RA master's, an RA equivalent master's, and an RA doctorate. Bonus: tenure-track faculty position :)
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  8. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Does University of the Virgin Islands hire professors with NA doctorates?

    At the graduate level, a lot of people make the switch over for a reason. My master's programs aren't offered by a lot of schools online, so I wouldn't have gotten the master's degrees I wanted if I had NA undergraduate degrees. It's not so much NA or the highway. It's more so, why pay the same amount or more for something that comes with more limitations? Future plans change.
  9. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I have no knowledge of faculty with NA terminal degrees. Most seem to have attended traditional Ph.D. programs in the U.S. You have basically supported the point I was making. Nothing is wrong with starting off at an NA school, especially if it is cheaper, as was the case with Ashworth (under 10k - AAS & B.S. combined).
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  10. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    I'm absolutely thrilled that it's worked so well for you! Not everyone though goes on to multiple RA Graduate programs and succeeds in them. While an NA degree may work for many people, they certainly have limitations that people need to be aware of.
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  11. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I was thinking you supported my point. You switched over to earning RA graduate degrees instead of continuing to earn NA degrees. You're lucky because hundreds, maybe even thousands, of schools offer online programs in business administration and criminal justice. At least one of them is going to accept NA undergraduate degrees from applicants. Others aren't so lucky and have to earn a second bachelor's degree to get into a graduate program.
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