About SSU

Southern States University (SSU) is a private American University becoming a leader in executive business education by providing its students with the skills necessary for managing a small business or advancing into senior management positions in a large company. Whether your interest is in the business of technology, health care, government, retail or non-profits, SSU will teach you the skills necessary for achieving success in today’s competitive marketplace.

SSU has campuses in some of the most beautiful locations in the United States:

Study in Irvine :

Orange County (“The OC”) lies near some of the most spectacular prime dining, shopping and entertainment destinations in Southern California. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood and other major attractions are only a short car ride away. A number of corporations, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors, have their national or international headquarters in Irvine.

Study in Irvine

Study in San Diego :

a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, art galleries, museums and gardens.

San Diego Campus

Study in Las Vegas :

campus is conveniently located just minutes from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Public transport is easily accessible in front of the school to connect students with shopping centers and entertainment facilities.

Study in Las Vegas


Southern States University (SSU) is a private American university founded in 1983 in Orange County. With campuses in San Diego, Irvine and Las Vegas, SSU is focused on training business-oriented and IT professionals .

The University offers:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (No gmat/gre required);

Master of Science in Information Technology degree (Stem program) ;

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree;

Certificate in Business Administration;

Certificate in Marketing;

Certificate in Information Technology;

The University is authorized to operate by the State of California and it is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Recognition of the Southern States University’s Degrees

In 2010, Southern States University received national accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Our accreditation allows SSU to offer all degree programs (MBA, MSIT, and Bachelor of Business Administration), Certificate Programs, Professional Executive Programs (Public Speaking, Strategic Management, Business Law, Marketing, Operations Management, Entrepreneurship) and the Intensive English Program at all SSU locations – San Diego, Newport Beach and Las Vegas.

Shortly following a teleconference on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Southern States University leadership received word that WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) voted to grant Southern States University “Eligibility” status. The following statement published by WSCUC accurately represents our standing in the regional accreditation process:

” Southern States University has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at wascsr@wascsenior.org or (510) 748-9001.

Southern States University is a licensed to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Southern States University is also licensed in the State of Nevada by the Commission on Postsecondary Education

MBA School Performance Fact Sheet 2012.

BBA School Performance Fact Sheet 2012.

MBA School Performance Fact Sheet 2013.

BBA School Performance Fact Sheet 2013.

BBA School Performance Fact Sheet 2014

MBA School Performance Fact Sheet 2014

IEP School Performance Fact Sheet 2014.


ACICS applies the following Definition of Placement to outcomes reported by member institutions:

  • Placed based upon job titles: Any graduate or completer of a program that was placed based upon job titles included in the list of job titles published by the institution for which the program prepares students. These job titles must be those published by the institution on its web site in compliance with USDOE Title IV regulations and must be identified in the Department’s CIP-to-SOC Crosswalk (Standard Occupational Classification, U.S. Department of Labor) with the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code of this program.
    • OR
  • Placed based upon the required use of skills: Any graduate or completer of a program that was placed based upon the required use of skills learned in the student’s program as a predominant component of the job. These skills must be those listed in the institution’s published program description and a majority of these skills must be documented in the employer’s job description as required or desired skills, duties or responsibilities.
  • Placed based upon the benefit of the training: Any graduate or completer of a program that was placed based upon the benefit of the training received from the program in obtaining a new position or maintaining a current position, supporting promotion or improving job related skills.


ACICS calculates placement rates as follows:
(Placed by job title + Placed by skills + Placed by benefit of training)
((Completers + Graduates) – (Exemptions*))

* Exemptions are: pregnancy, death or other health-related issues, continuing education, military service, visa restrictions, enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and incarceration.

Mission & Vision Statement

Our mission:

The mission of Southern States University is to offer undergraduate and graduate education by providing affordable, high-quality learning opportunities to a diverse community of students, empowering them to apply their acquired skills and knowledge to lead productive lives, enhance career opportunities, and become contributing members of the global community.

Our vision:

The University was established as an institution which brings together a diverse community of students to study in a collaborative learning environment to promote critical thinking, ethical behavior, information literacy, technological proficiency, communication skills, and intercultural awareness.

SSU Independent Governing Board

Members of Governing Board


Dan Kuehler, Chair of the Board – Independent Member
University of San Diego, School of Business
Technology/Marketing Consultant

Geoffery Forster, PhD – Independent Member
Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia
Managing Partner, Sunkosi, LLC

Gary W. Lawson, PhD – Independent Member
Southwest University
Founder/CEO Proud Digital Media

Jose Carlos Paiva Michel – Independent Member
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Information Technology and Services

Christine Probett, MBA – Independent Member
San Diego State University
Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University

Erica Martinez, MBA, MSAT – Independent Member
University of California Los Angeles and Irvine
Founder/CEO Paragon Accounting Group

Massoud Saghafi, PhD – Independent Member
University of Southern California
Professor of International Marketing, San Diego State University

Harold Rucker, JD – Non-Independent Member
University of San Diego School of Law
Core Faculty, Southern States University
Presiding Administrative Law Judge (Retired)

Denise Souza Mastro, MEd – Non-Independent Member
Universidade Santana E Sao Paulo
Director of Operations/Student Services, Southern States University

John Tucker, MBA (Ex-Officio)
Pace University, School of Business
Chancellor, Southern States University

Student Achievement

MBA program

San Diego 65.6%

Newport Beach 80%

This rate was calculated as the number of students who started the program between July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 and completed it within three years (150% of the expected time for completion), divided by the total number of students who started the program between July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 , in accordance with the definition of “graduation rate” published by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

See   http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/glossary

BBA program

The BBA program began in both Newport Beach and San Diego in August, 2008. Because students are expected to complete in four years, we have not yet reached 150% of the expected time (six years). Graduation rate information will be posted for the BBA program once we reach six years from the time the program started.  To date eight (8) students have completed the SSU BBA program.

Diversity Statement

Presently, the Diversity Statement of the University is as follows:

Southern States University is committed to:

• Engaging our community to live a peaceful life in a multicultural world;
• Promoting an academic community whose members have diverse cultures; backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences;
• Promoting freedom of expression as a foundation for the pursuit of knowledge; and
• Adhering to its Policy of Non-Discrimination. As such, Southern States University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, language, culture, social class, gender identity and expression, ability, or prior military service in the administration of its educational policies and procedures. Specifically, the University does not discriminate in admission, financial aid, employment, or entry or exit from educational courses and programs.