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DETC LogoName of Institution: California National University for Advanced Studies
Address: 18520 Hawthorne Blvd. First Floor, Torrance, California 90504
Year Founded: 1993
First Accredited: 1998
Next Scheduled Review: January 31, 2017
President: Mr. Carlton G. Bryant
Vice President of Student Affairs/Registrar: Ms. Stephanie M. Smith
Accreditation and Agency E-mail Contact Information: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Approval and E-mail Contact Information: California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in accordance with the provisions of California Education Code Section 94310.

Participation in Funding Programs: G.I. Bill, DANTES, VEAP


Institution Mission Statement:

California National University for Advanced Studies aims to address the needs of today's and future Business and Technical Professionals by providing higher education through online learning. California National University is committed to academic excellence and to the educational welfare of each of its students. We are a student-centered institution divided into three colleges that offer a variety of advanced studies through online education. CNU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a certificate program; and individual courses through extension. The intent of CNU's educational programs and nationally recognized faculty is to develop, among varying constituencies of working adults, those skills and competencies which will promote their personal and professional growth.

Description of Institution:

California National University was founded in January 1993 in recognition of the need for working adults to meet contemporary challenges to re-think and re-tool. From the beginning it has been CNU's intent to provide quality degree programs in a flexible environment. This goal has been accomplished by adopting an innovative approach to traditional education; combining self-study with direct personal contact and technology. A unique aspect to CNU programs is the one-on-one instruction students receive from a distinguished national faculty. Although the University has taken advantage of advancements in technology to improve instruction, technology is regarded as an enhancement rather than a replacement for good teaching and relevant content. Students enjoy an educational climate that is typical of one found on a small traditional campus. This is made possible at a distance through a centralized Learning Network emphasizing committed student service and open communication. CNU offers programs, which afford a rich opportunity for U.S. and Non U.S. residents to match their desire to develop intellectually and professionally.

Student Demographic Profile:

Working Adult Professionals in Business and Technology.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Master of Business Administration; Master of Human Resources Management; Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Bachelor of Computer Science; Bachelor of Quality Assurance Science; Master of Science in Engineering; Master of Engineering Management; Human Resources Management Certificate Programs; Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Certificate Programs; Extension courses

Average Program Tuition/Cost per credit hour:

  • Undergraduate Programs/courses: $300 per unit (U.S./Canada); $330 per unit (Non-U.S./Canada)
  • Graduate Programs/courses: $330 per unit (U.S./Canada); $380 per unit (Non-U.S./Canada)


Average Course Completion Rate for Students: 89%

Percentage of Students Surveyed Who Responded that they:

  • Achieved their learning goals? 100%
  • Would recommend the institution to a friend? 100%
  • Were satisfied with their studies? 100%