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
Type For-profit university
Established 1978
President Caroll Ryan
Location Irvine, California, U.S.

California Southern University (previously called Southern California University for Professional Studies prior to June 2007)[1] is a private university that began its operations in 1978. It offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs 100% online in business, psychology, criminal justice, nursing, and law.[2] California Southern University is located in Irvine, California.


The university was established in California on December 27, 1978, by Dr. Donald Hecht 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] The University is now recognized as an online degree granting institution.

Accreditation and approvals[edit]

California Southern University offers bachelor's, master's and professional doctorate degrees entirely online without physical attendance on campus. It is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[4] The WASC Senior College and University Commission (”the Commission”) is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.

California Southern University is licensed to operate in California by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.[5]


California Southern University is a member of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS),[6] and "Silver Sponsor" in the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).[7] Its School of Business is an "Educational Member" of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).[8]


Most Popular Programs: California Southern University offers 12 degree programs and 10 post-baccalaureate certificate programs.[9] The most popular programs are the master's degrees in business and psychology, and the Doctor of Psychology and the Doctor of Business Administration.

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.[10]

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),[11] as well as for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California.[12]

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[13]
School type Private correspondence law school
Dean Ellen Sampong
Location Irvine, California
Faculty 18
Bar pass rate 100% (2/2) (2 of 2 first-time takers in July 2015)[14]

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.[15] It is not registered with the American Bar Association.[16]

Bar Examination Pass Rate[edit]

In the July administration of the California Bar Examination in 2015, two of two first-time takers passed the examination, for a pass rate of 100 percent.[17] 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.[18]

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