California Southern University

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Not to be confused with the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California).
California Southern University
Motto Cognitio Vincet Omne
Motto in English
Knowledge conquers all
Established 1978
President Dr. Caroll Ryan
Location Irvine, California, US

California Southern University (previously called Southern California University for Professional Studies prior to June 2007)[1] is a private American university that began its operations in 1978. It offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business, psychology, criminal justice, and law.[2] California Southern University is located in Irvine, California.


The university was established in California on December 27, 1978, as a traditional correspondence school, and received its initial approval to offer degree programs from the California Department of Education. It originally offered associate level programs, then expanded to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. During the 1990s, the university added distance learning programs in the fields of business, psychology and law.[3]

Accreditation and Approvals[edit]

California Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), formerly known as the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).[4] The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In September 2012, California Southern University began the application process for Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[5] WASC determined that California Southern University is eligible to proceed with its application for Candidacy for Accreditation.

California Southern University is licensed to operate in California by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.[6]


California Southern University is a member of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS),[7] and "Silver Sponsor" in the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).[8] Its School of Business is an "Educational Member" of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).[9]


Most Popular Programs: California Southern University offers 12 degree programs and 10 post-baccalaureate certificate programs.[10]

Program Name Contact Hours Tuition & Fees Maximum Transfer Credits Accepted
1 Certificate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology 18 $7,285 N/A
2 Certificate in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency 18 $7,285 N/A
3 Certificate in Human Resource Management 18 $7,285 N/A
4 Certificate in Project Management 18 $7,285 N/A
5 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 120 $30,275 90
6 Bachelor of Business Administration 120 $30,275 90
7 Master of Arts in Psychology 62 $21,975 12
8 Master of Business Administration 36 $12,875 6
9 Doctor of Psychology 66 $29,345 9
10 Doctor of Business Administration 60 $26,975 9
11 Juris Doctor 88 $26,310 2 yrs.

School of Behavioral Sciences[edit]

The Board of Psychology of the state of California accepts California Southern University's Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree as meeting the educational requirements for licensure to practice as a clinical psychologist.[11]

The Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California accepts California Southern University's Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) degree as meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT),[12] as well as for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California.[13]

School of Law[edit]

Not to be confused with California Southern Law School (Riverside, California), or Southern California Institute of Law (Santa Barbara, California).
California Southern University
School of Law
Established 1994[14]
School type Private correspondence law school
Dean Ellen Sampong, JD
Faculty 18
Bar pass rate 60% (3/5) (3 of 5 first-time takers in February 2013)[15]

The California Southern University School of Law offers two graduate-level degrees, the Master of Science in Law (MSL) and the Juris Doctor (JD). The school is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California as a "Registered Unaccredited Correspondence Law School", which is sufficient to qualify its graduates to sit for the California Bar Examination.[16] It is not registered with the American Bar Association.[17]

Bar Examination Pass Rate[edit]

In the February administration of the California Bar Examination in 2013, three of five first-time takers passed the examination, for a pass rate of 60 percent.[18] For the years 2008 through 2013, 20 graduates have taken the California Bar Examination as first-time takers; of that number, five passed the examination for a pass rate of 25 percent.[19]

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