We welcome students from around the world who are seeking an outstanding American education with the flexibility to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, or certificate from the comfort of their home country.

Are you an international applicant:

  • Who has not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution* where English is the principal language of instruction?

If so, we require evidence of English proficiency as follows:

Undergraduate Applicants

Must provide a high school diploma completed at an appropriately accredited/recognized high school where the medium of instruction is English.

Graduate/Doctoral Applicants

Must demonstrate a transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “B” or higher at an appropriately accredited*/recognized college or university where the language of instruction was English.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants submitting diplomas, degrees, and course transcripts from non-U.S. institutions are required to have their academic credentials evaluated by an authorized agency.

The evaluation process will determine if an applicant’s education meets the admission requirements for CalSouthern and if any previously earned credits are eligible for transfer.

List of credentialing services by the US Ministry

*Appropriately accredited postsecondary 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-United States institutions, an educational institution approved by an equivalent authority (listed in the International Handbook of Universities).

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

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Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities. www.wscuc.org.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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