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

Bachelor of Business Administration degree(BBA)

Certificate in Business Administration

Certificate in Marketing

Certificate in Information Technology

Recognition of the Southern States University’s Degrees

The University is authorized under U.S. federal law to enroll non-immigrant students (F1/M1)

Since 2010, Southern States University has been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Our institutional accreditation allows SSU to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees and credit-based certificate programs at all SSU locations in California and Nevada (San Diego, Irvine, 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 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

Performance Fact Sheets

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate programs

Graduate Programs


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.

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

Mission and Vision Statement

Our mission:

Southern States University empowers a diverse community of students to expand their career opportunities with acquired skills and knowledge, lead fulfilling internal and external lives, and become contributing, edifying members of global communities. Our student-centric approach to education is formulated based on collaborative learning that focuses on promoting critical thinking skills. We expand access to education by creating high-quality, affordable, and innovative pathways that meet the unique needs of each student. Our success is defined by our learners’ success.

Our vision:

The University will bring together a diverse community of students to study in a modern collaborative learning environment to promote critical thinking, ethical academic and business behavior, information literacy, technological proficiency, communication skills, and intercultural engagement with a global perspective. Within a 5-year time horizon (by 2026), SSU will achieve full institutional accreditation at the level of regional accreditation.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The University has always adhered to a vision of diversity with its inclusion of a large international student population. In addition, the diversity of the University in terms of staff, faculty, and students has always been a major commitment and asset. Such diverse community has allowed the University to frame academic programs and extra-curricular activities with a wealth of diverse expressions and ideas.

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.