The University of Phoenix – Southern California occupies a small, urban campus in Costa Mesa, several miles southeast of Los Angeles. The campus is adjacent to both the John Wayne Airport and the San Diego Freeway. The University of Phoenix is the flagship institution for both distance learning and for-profit higher education. Both of those models have been the focus of serous concerns, even as total enrollment throughout Phoenix’s network of campuses exceeds half a million. At Costa Mesa, student nearly 12,000 students attend classes either on campus or online.
Business, Public Administration and Social Services, and Information Technology constitute the three most popular bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Phoenix – Southern California. The Business Program offers thirteen unique master’s degrees, nine of which can be completed online. A Master of Information Systems Degree can be earned either on campus or through Internet coursework. The majority of advanced nursing degrees are available entirely through online classes, which helps nurses already in the workforce enhance their credentials without adjusting their schedules.
In total, the University of Phoenix – Southern California offers the following eight academic programs:
- Arts and Sciences
- Business and Management
- Criminal Justice and Security
- Human Services
- Nursing and Health Care
Each of these programs include a mix of associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree opportunities. In addition to standard degrees, UP – Southern California also features certificate and professional development classes in a wide range of fields. Technology, nursing and business certificates, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, can provide a career boost or help a professional adult keep pace with rapidly changing tools and methods in their work.
A unique aspect of the University of Phoenix’s professional development programs are the test preparation opportunities. Both professionals and students can enroll in structured, online preparation for a number of standardized tests, including the PRAXIS, CBEST, PMP and TEXES. Professional development courses are non-credit earning, but can potentially pay dividends in other ways.