Welcome to the College of Military Studies and Leadership

College should accommodate to your lifestyle, not hinder it. At Columbia Southern, we design our programs to fit your schedule, giving you the freedom to pursue your education without sacrificing life’s other responsibilities. Join the thousands of active-duty military members, veterans and their families who have trusted CSU for our flexible, affordable approach to higher education.

A Message from the DeanChief Master Sgt. Mike Perry

It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the College of Military Studies and Leadership at Columbia Southern University. Our mission is to equip you with global perspectives in military operations, strategic thinking, management and leadership principles, arming you with skills to prepare you to pursue your career goals.

We take pride in serving those who serve. Whether you are currently serving in the defense sector or aspire to pursue a career in the civilian job market, our degree programs are designed to help you learn, develop and sharpen the skills needed for success.


Columbia Southern University is dedicated to serving our military members by understanding the unique challenges they face entering school and the workforce. We are committed to your success and want to do all we can to help you in your educational Journey (PDF).

Application Process

Let us guide you from admission to graduation. Our dedicated support team will answer any questions you have about the application process and ensure you are equipped for a successful start.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is available to help you reach your full potential. Your academic advisor is committed to keeping you on track toward timely degree completion.

Career Services

Our career services team will assist you with your career-related goals. Work one-on-one with a career development coach for assistance with resumes, interview prep and more.

Military Studies Programs

Columbia Southern University’s degree programs in military studies programs are designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of military operations, tactics, communications and outcomes.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. CSU does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, eligibility for a position, or other career growth. Transferring credits does not guarantee reduced tuition or amount of courses.

Military Veteran Student Spotlight, Elroy Widow

It is a win-win for both us because on one hand he or she is helping you and on the other hand you are getting the help you need. Having that support through the military brotherhood helps us all.

*Testimonials may not reflect the experience of all CSU students.

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Payment Options for Everyone

On average, CSU’s tuition is less than half the cost of our competitors. Plus, there are many Ways to Save including scholarships, military tuition assistance, Learning Partnerships and more.

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JC Walter

B.S. Criminal Justice

I was deployed 4 times while trying to achieve a degree. As challenging as that was, I still pushed through. Because of CSU’s and their understanding, it allowed me to serve and study at the same time. I didn’t have to choose one or the other.
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Arica Ureña

M.B.A. Marketing

While in service, I started my associate degree at CSU, and it really set me up for success on the outside and assisted in my promotion to the rank of staff sergeant in the United States Army.
*Testimonials may not reflect the experience of all CSU students.

Accreditations & Institutional Recognition

Columbia Southern University is recognized for its integrity, rigorous academic material, transparency and high-caliber instruction.

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