California Coast University

Since its founding in 1973, California Coast University has been dedicated to meeting the higher education needs of nontraditional students, particularly working adults who have trouble fitting a traditional college experience into their busy lives. Even in the days before online learning became prevalent, CCU offered distance learning. Today, CCU is a distance learning institution offering fully online degree programs and correspondence programs only. The only students who are required to spend time on campus are doctoral students, and even then, it’s only when they present the oral defense of their dissertation. Since the university does not follow a traditional quarter, semester, or term schedule, students can enroll in programs throughout the year.

Programs Offered

California Coast University offers a wide variety of online programs, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate degree programs include business administration, business marketing, healthcare administration, management, psychology, criminal justice, and general studies. Master’s offerings include the Master of Arts in organizational leadership, a general MBA and four MBA specializations, the Master of Science in management, Master of Science in psychology, Master of Science in criminal justice, and two Master of Education options in administration and in curriculum and instruction. Finally, the university’s education department offers three Doctor of Education degrees in educational administration, educational psychology, and organizational leadership. CCU’s programs are unique in that students can take as much or as little time as they need to complete them, providing the students are making reasonable progress.


California Coast University is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission. The university has held this accreditation since 2005.


To apply to California Coast University, prospective students will need to submit a completed application and a resume detailing their work experience. Students who are transferring from another institution who have accumulated at least 12 semester credits must send official transcripts of all college-level work completed since high school. Those who have completed fewer than 12 semester credits must provide their high school transcript. The application can be submitted online or downloaded and mailed in; however, applicants to doctoral programs cannot submit their application online.

Admissions Contact

California Coast University
925 N. Spurgeon Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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