Welcome, StraighterLine Students

California Southern University is honored to be an educational partner of StraighterLine and to serve its students by providing them with greater access to affordable, quality online higher education.

Students at CalSouthern enjoy many benefits including 100-percent online learning, one-on-one faculty mentoring, flexibility and affordable tuition.

California Southern University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in psychology, business, criminal justice and nursing. The faculty will work with students one-on-one to help them take the concepts they learn and apply them to real-life challenges in their field of interest, leveraging their professional experience.

Calsouthern also works to maximize the value of past coursework, saving students time and money. A maximum of 90 transfer credits may be applicable towards bachelor’s programs for StraighterLine courses and relevant undergraduate coursework from an appropriately accredited institution.

  • Regional Accreditation

    CalSouthern is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission

  • Unmatched Value

    An education of exceptional quality at a reasonable price—there is value in higher education

  • Online Learning

    You’ll utilize CalSouthern’s easy-to-use online learning platform and receive a cloud-based suite of productivity tools

  • Online, But Never Alone

    Your personal support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrollment through graduation


A Video Introduction

CalSouthern is a different kind of online university. Its academic programs are rigorous and robust, constantly updated to reflect the latest trends and developments in the field. Its proprietary online learning system is sophisticated, yet intuitive and easy to use.

But what most distinguishes CalSouthern is its unique, student-centered culture, its “personal touch” and its total commitment to delivering a superior learning experience. It’s the CalSouthern Difference. It’s what the university community prides itself on, and it’s what distinguishes CalSouthern from your other educational options.

Learn more in this short video featuring a CalSouthern graduate.

California Southern University

CalSouthern by the Numbers




 Student Satisfaction Rate


 Would Refer a Friend

40 Yrs.

 Educating Working Professionals

Additional Tools and Resources

As supplements to your coursework, you’ll benefit from a helpful ALA-certified research librarian and a state-of-the-art online library, as well as dedicated academic advisors. You’re also invited to participate in the Master Lecture Series which enables you—live at the university’s California campus or via streaming webcast—to learn from and interact with leading scholars, authors and practitioners. You’ll also receive a complete suite of cloud-based productivity tools at no additional charge for both your coursework and personal use.

  • 2016 Commencement Photo

    CalSouthern Commencement 2017

  • Gregory Mabry CalSouthern Alumni

    CalSouthern Alumnus – Dr. Gregory Mabry

  • CalSouthern Academic Advisors

    CalSouthern academic advisors, Dr. Bajaj and Dr. Western

  • Dr. Jeffrey Zeig

    Dr. Jeffrey Zeig lecturing at CalSouthern

  • CalSouthern University with Sahara

    California Southern University with Sahara

  • CalSouthern PsyD Alumni

    CalSouthern PsyD alumna, Dr. Duggal

  • Director of Clinical Training

    Director of Clinical Training, Parul Patel

  • Commencement Group Photo

    CalSouthern Commencement Group Photo

CalSouthern Accreditations


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, 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.

The Doctor of Psychology degree meets the educational requirements of the California Board of Psychology for licensure as a clinical psychologist.

The Master of Arts in Psychology degree meets the educational requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for licensure as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) as well as for licensure as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC).

The Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate in Addiction Studies meets the educational requirements for certification with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and certification with the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.