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General Information
Name of InstitutionCalifornia Southern University
Address3330 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, California 92626
Year Founded1978
First Accredited2015*
Accreditation Expires2020
CEO/PresidentDr. Gwen Finestone

* Previously accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Accreditation(s) and Agency E-mail Contact Information

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, #100
Alameda, CA 94501
T: 1.510.748.9001

*Click on the WASC link above to find more information about commission actions, programs, personnel, and upcoming reviews of CalSouthern University.

State Approval and E-mail Contact Information

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education*
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
T: 1.916.431.6959
T: 1.888.370.7589
F: 1.916.263.1897

*Please click here to view the BPPE School Performance Fact Sheets.
*Please click here to view the BPPE Annual Report

Participation in Funding Programs
VA Benefits to include Vocational Rehabilitation and G.I. Bill

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Call: MyVA311 / 844-698-2311

California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)
P.O. Box 942895, Sacramento, CA
Toll-Free: 800-952-5626
Toll-Free: 800-324-5966 (TDD)
Toll-Free: 800-221-8998 (Outside California)

Mission and Description

Institution Mission Statement
California Southern University is a global online Institution. We prepare Learners to succeed in a world that we have yet to imagine. We do this through active learning, respective diversity, and promoting intellectual freedom.

Institutional Learning Outcomes
During the course of study at California Southern University, each learner is expected to:

  • Apply specific subject matter in a chosen field of study that leads to personal and professional development.
  • Utilize a variety of information accurately and appropriately.
  • Effectively communicate in writing across settings, purposes, and audiences.
  • Effectively communicate orally demonstrating well organized thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a coherent presentation.
  • Apply the use of logic, numbers and/or mathematics to a scientific system of inquiry from which to draw logical conclusions.
  • Make informed decisions that meet professional standards of ethical and legal behavior.
  • Exercise critical thinking and reasoning in judgment, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Integrate awareness of cultural diversity issues in a global society.

Areas of Special Focus

Description of Institution
California Southern University (CalSouthern) is a private, university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs and post-baccalaureate certificates utilizing online learning methodologies. CalSouthern was founded in 1978. Degree programs range from the associate through the doctoral levels.

Student Demographic Profile
The majority of students range in age from the mid-30s through the 60s. The student body is approximately 50 percent female and 50 percent male.


Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

*not currently accepting enrollments

Average Program Tuition/Cost per Credit Hour
Cost per Credit Hour
Undergraduate Degree
Master's Degree
Doctoral Degree

University Policies

Privacy Information

We value your right to privacy of information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records.

Non-Discrimination Policy

California Southern University welcomes all adult learners and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation in its policies, practices, or procedures involving applicants, learners, faculty, staff, and the public. Please note, however, that California Southern University reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone California Southern University believes does not meet its academic standards.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

California Southern University offers associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and Juris Doctor degrees in programs designed to meet the needs of adult learners. Meeting the admission requirements is an indicator that a learner is qualified to enter and complete the degree program. However, California Southern University emphasizes that success in completing degree requirements is dependent on a learner's commitment to the educational process.

California Southern University may accept semester credits in transfer toward degree programs for coursework completed at appropriately accredited postsecondary institutions. Appropriately accredited post-secondary institutions are defined as those accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or by an accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for non-U.S. institutions, an educational institution approved by an equivalent authority.

For additional information about CalSouthern policies and procedures, please contact us.