Southern California University for Professional Studies is now California Southern University

Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUPS) was established in California on December 27, 1978 as a traditional correspondence school. In the 1980’s the University received its initial approval to offer degree programs from the California State Department of Education.

The following degrees were offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AABA)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA)
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA)

The University quickly established itself as a leader in distance learning. During the 1990’s, the University responded to the growing need for quality distance learning programs in the fields of Business, Psychology and Law. After consultation with its constituencies, the Board of Psychology and the California Committee of Bar Examiners, the University expanded its degree offerings to include the following:

  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AACJ)
  • Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies (AAPS)
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies (AALS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ)
  • Bachelor of Science in Law (BSL)
  • Master of Science in Law (MSL)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
  • Master of Science in Management of Engineering and Technology (MS)
  • Doctor of Science in Management of Engineering and Technology (ScD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Management of Engineering and Technology (PhD)

As technology advanced, the University incorporated these advancements to facilitate the delivery of educational services utilizing email and the internet. In January, 2006 we began our transition from correspondence to a completely online system. This new online platform has been received with overwhelming commendations for ease of use, quicker response times, accessibility to other students, and easy access to online library resources. In 2007, the University responded to another strong demand from students and industry leaders. They were requesting a degree designed for those interested in pursuing a strong theoretical foundation in psychology that can be applied to related fields such as sports psychology, pastoral counseling, life coaching, and trainers in business and industry. The University added:

  • Master of Science in Psychology (MS)

Based on the University’s commitment to provide high quality market driven undergraduate and graduate degree programs to adult learners throughout the world using distance learning methodologies, the University opted to limit new enrollments to the following degree programs.

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies (AALS)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BACJ)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Law (MSL)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)
  • Master of Science in Psychology (MS)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

In June, 2007, the University applied for a change of name with the Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education from Southern California University for Professional Studies to California Southern University.

The launching of our new name, California Southern University (CalSouthern), embodied everything that SCUps has represented and has worked diligently to achieve over the last 30 years. When it comes to higher education, experience counts. The faculty provides our students with hundreds of years of educational and professional experience. The Administration and our Board of Directors believe that this new name and look represents a renewed commitment to remaining at the forefront of educational innovation.

As the University evolves, one of our trademarks will be to continue our history of personalized attention and prompt service to our students. We pride ourselves on the level of accessibility of both the faculty and professional staff to our students. We know that our students’ success is a reflection of our service and as such we will continue to maintain the high standards that have always set us apart.

As we look to the future, we are excited about the many new projects that are currently underway. We launched our new name and look with a rich history and many years of input and feedback from our faculty and students. We anticipate that all of this will result in an unprecedented surge of growth and a future as bright as the California sun represented in our new logo.

We look forward to speaking with you and seeing you on our new website.