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Columbia Southern University

About Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

CSU provides student-centered support services that are personal, responsive and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Caring, highly-trained faculty and staff create innovative educational programs that incorporate the latest instructional technology with challenging curriculums. CSU focuses on affordable, quality online instruction with a general education core that promotes lifelong learning and success.

Federal Student Aid Available to Those Who Qualify

Available Programs

  • B.S. Criminal Justice Administration - Arson Investigation / Online

    Columbia Southern University’s online Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration with a concentration in arson investigation prepares entry-level and seasoned professionals who are pursuing careers in criminal justice administration. The arson investigation concentration prepares criminal justice professionals to make rational decisions and informed responses to daily challenges in law enforcement, specifically in cases of arson. Fire investigation, analysis, fire behavior and combustion are a few of the topics of focus for this concentration.

  • B.S. Criminal Justice Administration - Forensics / Online

    Columbia Southern University’s online B.S. in criminal justice administration with a concentration in forensics is fitting for entry-level or seasoned law enforcement officers who are seeking to further their knowledge of forensics as it relates to the judicial system. This degree program prepares criminal justice professionals in forensic psychology analysis as it relates to criminality, as well as an evaluation of crime scene investigative procedures and the reconstruction of criminal activity.


Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

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