Degrees by Interest
Associate of Business Administration (ABA)
Southern States University’s Associate of Business Administration is a two-year degree program that provides students with an academic foundation built upon general education and business courses at the lower-division level.
The lower division introductory general education courses are designed to promote skills in critical-thinking, writing, reading, and communications in addition to the basic use of computers. Specifically, the program provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the humanities, arts, math, sciences, and social sciences; while the lower division introductory business courses are designed to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of business fundamentals and practices.
The program is structured so that success in the lower division courses will improve the student’s confidence and ability to succeed in the more challenging and focused upper division courses if a student wishes to transfer into a bachelor’s program. This foundation in the program allows a graduate to explore a career in business. Successful completion of the program requires 90 Quarter Credits.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
The Bachelor of Business Administration is a four-year degree program in which students will be prepared with an academic background, in addition to practical experiences necessary to survive in today’s challenging business environment. The general education and lower division courses provide a strong academic foundation that includes humanities, arts, science and business courses, so that the student has the propensity to succeed in the more challenging and focused upper division courses. SSU’s upper division courses are designed with the business needs of today and tomorrow in mind, and provide students first with an introduction, and then with more in-depth business principles and practices, along with the skill set required to succeed in today’s business world. The program requires successful completion of 180 quarter units.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Southern States University’s Master of Business Administration is a two-year program designed to help prepare students for dealing with a world of business and industry that is constantly changing and evolving. With its emphasis on providing a solid academic and theoretical business foundation combined with modern management skills, the program is structured to ensure its students acquire an in-depth understanding of the structure of the global economy, as well as the practical business decision-making skills required to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of business activities in this global economy. In addition to its educational focus on globalization and international business knowledge and skills, SSU is uniquely positioned to offer an MBA program that brings together aspirants from countries all around the world to study in a collaborative spirit. In consideration of students’ tight schedules and responsibilities, SSU’s MBA courses are offered on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. In addition, the MBA program can be offered up to 100% online.
Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)
Southern States University’s Master of Science in Information Technology is a two-year program that prepares students in the field of information technology. With its emphasis on providing a solid academic and theoretical foundation combined with modern IT skills, the program is structured to ensure its students acquire an in-depth understanding of the IT field, as well as the technical skills required to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of IT issues in the modern world. In consideration of students’ tight schedules and responsibilities, SSU’s IT courses are offered on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons.
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Certificate in Information Technology
The Certificate in Information Technology program is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills, and abilities to begin a career in an IT-related field. The certificate addresses the role of IT in organizations and the various technologies comprising the broader area of information technology, and their interworking. A total of seven courses at the graduate level build strong foundation skills in core subject areas and develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking. Elective courses guide students into functional IT subjects, or allow a broader focus, affording students the ability to develop skills necessary to take on the many challenges present in this constantly evolving field. Students who join the program should expect to acquire the core knowledge and skills needed to understand and assist in the development and management of IT systems.
To receive the Certificate in Information Technology from Southern States University, students must successfully complete the four (4) required core courses and three (3) electives for a total of 26 credit hours, which is equivalent to 260 contact hours. Students must complete the requirements within a five (5) quarter period.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the role of IT in organizations and the various technologies comprising the broader area of information technology, and their interworking.
- Demonstrate understanding of the information systems life–cycle.
- Exhibit information systems project management skills.
- Assist in the design a complete IT system with database, networking, and other technologies and tools comprising IT.
- Have the skills necessary to obtain at least an entry-level job in an IT-related position within one year of graduation from the program.
SSU has updated and released the next edition of the SSU GENERAL CATALOG . In your first term with SSU all you will be asked to sign a form indicating receipt of this digital document as part of your in-processing.
Online Benefit Information
The DVA and the DoD have a one-stop source of benefit information and personal data for veterans and their dependents. The website www.ebenefits.va.gov is available now. Signing on for “premium” registration can take up to a week, but “basic” registration is relatively quick. With “premium” registration you will be able to check on the status of your compensation and pension, view your DVA payment history, apply for the home loan certificate of eligibility, and request copies of your military record. Your premium registration information will come in a letter from Department of Defense, Human Resources Activity, Defense Manpower Data Center about a week after you make your online request. Follow the directions in the letter to complete your registration. Note: your user name may change to firstname.lastname (all in lower case) after registration.
The 2016 Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is available online.
The DVA website is www.va.gov
Here are some helpful phone numbers:
- DVA Certification Center/Enrollment Verification 1-877-823-2378
- DVA Health Resource Center 1-877-222-8387
- DVA Hotline/DVA San Diego 1-800-827-1000
- DVA Regional Processing Office, Muskogee, OK 1-888-442-4551
- Vocational Rehabilitation (619) 400-5471
Veteran Service Organizations
These links lead to some of better-known veteran service organizations. You should not only look at the general organizations (such as Veterans of Foreign Wars- VFW) but also specific organizations dedicated to helping veterans of a specific conflict, disability, or background.
- The American Legion
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
- The Military Order of the Purple Heart
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
- California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) Listings.
- National Resource Directory
You are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from these organizations in gaining any benefits that you or your dependants are entitled to based on your service. This listing doesn’t imply endorsement of any particular organization by SSU.If you would like your veteran organization listed with us, please contact our Veteran Services Officer.
Please plan ahead. The DVA pays the Chapter 33 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) one month in arrears: meaning you won’t get the housing money for June until July at the earliest. Additionally, active duty members (including those on terminal leave) and their dependents with transferred entitlement to Chapter 33 will NOT receive BAH until the period of active duty has ended. Finally, effective 1 August 2011, the DVA will not pay educational benefits, including BAH during intervals between terms.
Please check out our Academic Calendar: http://www.ssu.edu/academics/academic-calendar/
Paying for school
You deserve an education worthy of your service. Make your investment in your education count when you attend Southern States University.
You’ll find that SSU offers one of the lowest tuition costs available online and is approved for Military Tuition Assistance and veterans GI Bill benefits. Whether you use Military Tuition Assistance, veterans benefits, tuition reimbursement, cash, third party billing or financial aid, you’ll have help every step of the way.
- Learn more about your education benefits*.
* Please note: Military.com is not affiliated with the United States government. The U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Coast have not approved, endorsed, or reviewed this website.
- (MyCAA) The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
- Sign up for MySECO (Spouse Education and Career Opportunities) which focuses on education and career preparation for military spouses.
Please be advised that final approval for transfer credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on individual student’s prior military/learning credits and applicability to desired programs.
- Take your DSST Exam at SSU’s own testing center in Irvine ,San Diego, Las Vegas.
- Request a Joint Services Transcript to see how you can maximize your experiences.
SSU Military Resources
The Military Education Outreach (MEO) Team acts as a liaison between the military education community at Department of Defense (DoD) installations worldwide and the university. The team visits installations to meet with current students, attend education fairs and base graduation recognition ceremonies, and meet with education staff to ensure SSU students have the support and resources they need to be successful.
Paperwork and Processing
There were major changes made to Post 9-11 (Chapter 33) benefits on 4 January 2011 due to a revision in the law. The DVA has posted these changes on their website. It is important to keep checking the page as the law does change periodically and the benefit amounts and periods for payment can (and do) change without notice.
Gathering all of these documents prior to applying for benefits with the Veteran Services Officer will dramatically speed up your processing.
- You need to bring us a copy of your VONAPP (Veteran Online Application) for benefits if you just started the process. If you already have your Certificate of Eligibility letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), bring that in instead.
- The Member Copy 4 (the long version with the character of service on the bottom) of the DD214.
- Copies of your military transcripts (SMART, AARTS, CCAF, DD 295): summaries are preferred.
- Bring a voided check from the account where wish your benefits to be deposited.
- Sign the SSU Veteran Student Statement of Understanding (SOU*).
- Complete the SSU Veteran Benefit In-take Sheet*.
- Have your Social Security Number (SSN), a physical address, an email address that you check regularly, and a valid phone number. Ensure that emails from anyone “@ssu.edu” are not blocked. Email is our primary means of contacting you with concerns about your benefits.
- FOR EACH TERM: Once you have registered, complete the online declaration form* and email it to the Veteran Services Officer to declare your classes for benefit payment. This final step is what will actually start your benefit processing for the term.
- If you are a Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance) recipient, you must also bring us the DVA file number for your case with suffix.
- Always bring us any correspondence you receive from the DVA.
*These forms are available on this site.
The various GI Bill programs are all elective benefits, meaning that you have to ask for them, they are not automatic. The Veteran Services Officer cannot determine by himself if you wish to receive benefits or not. You have to make an affirmation that you wish your benefits to be expended. Some veteran students may plan on taking advanced degrees in addition to those offered at SSU and choose not to use benefits for our classes, but save them for future courses or programs. By declaring classes you are positively stating to us that you wish to “spend” your benefits with us.
Quickly declaring classes with the Veteran Services Officer is especially important for Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) and Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) students. Chapter 33 and 31 students get their tuition paid as part of their benefits but because of the typical processing delay, their payments won’t be received in time to prevent them from erroneously being dropped for non-payment. THE SOLUTION: Chapter 33 and 31 students must declare their classes using the online form as soon as possible, but always within five days of term start.
Students under other benefit programs would also benefit from rapid declaration – it allows us to start the processing of your record: the first step toward getting that benefit check! Remember, if you are under any DVA benefit other than Chapters 31 and 33, you will have to pay for your own tuition, out of pocket.
Adds and drops affect the amount of your benefits. We need to find out about these immediately so that we can adjust your account with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Otherwise you may become deeply indebted to the government or you may not receive your needed benefits in a timely manner. SSU does have systems in place to “catch” such changes, but they do take longer than if you simply let us know when you make those changes. Delay = Debt.
It depends on a number of factors, but please remember that the DVA pays “in arrears” meaning that they pay AFTER each month of schooling is complete – not before – so even the fastest possible processing will still mean you will not see any payments until at least a month after the term starts.
Processing benefits is a two-part process. First, the Veteran Services Officer here at SSU has to submit a certification of your classes to the DVA. We will do this as quickly as possible but it may take a week, especially during peak enrollment periods. Once your certification is submitted, the DVA can take from 6-8 weeks to generate your initial payment. This means it is important that you save up enough to meet your obligations for up to three months if you do not plan to work while attending school.
The DVA “Certificate of Eligibility” letter* informed you that you were entitled to a given percentage of Chapter 33 benefits based on your length of service as determined by the DVA. If you are at less than the 100% rate, you are responsible for the difference in tuition and fees – you will also receive only that percentage of the BAH each month and your annual book stipend will be reduced to match the percentage.
For example: Let’s assume you have a $1000 tuition bill for a full-time load and you have been rated at 70% benefit entitlement by the DVA. The DVA will send SSU 70% of your tuition ($1000 * .70 = $700) and you will owe SSU the remaining 30% of your tuition ($1000 – $700 = $300). This percentage of payment also applies to all approved fees. You would also receive 70% of the current BAH each month: so assuming $2100 BHA per month, that would be $1470.
What if you are not taking a full-time load? Then your benefits are further modified. Let’s assume the prior example represented not a full-time, but instead a three-quarter class load. Then the figures would be further adjusted by the DVA:
- DVA would still pay 70% of the tuition for the courses – $700, you would still own $300.
- Your BAH would be the 70% of full amount ($1470) times 80% (75% load rounded to the nearest 10) or $1176 per benefit month.
Note: Only the DVA can perform these calculations and determine the percentage of eligibility. The SSU Veteran Services Officer only reports the tuition, fees, and course load. The VSO doesn’t have access to how these calculations are performed: students need to request an “audit” of their account from the DVA if they have questions or call 1-800-827-1000 to speak to a representative.
No, we can’t. We might be able to guess what that payment could have been for – but all it would be is a guess. The DVA does not report to us any payments made directly to students (just as they don’t tell us what the overpayments are for). The only person the DVA will tell about your payments or overpayments is YOU. You will have to either call the DVA at 1-800-827-1000 and ask them to “audit your account” or go online at DVA Right Now and ask them to perform the audit.
Unfortunately, at this point in time the DVA doesn’t have the capability, even under the eBenefits site, to give you details on the reason for payments. They are aware of how important this is and they are working at developing a system that can handle it.
Chapter 33 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Fee Payments
Monthly Housing Allowance payment amounts are based on the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for an “E-5 with dependents” for the zip code of the school. BAH rates can be found at this website (ignore the security warning that pops-up, military sites don’t follow typical internet protocols). Currently (2017) in San Diego, the monthly BAH rate is $2532.00 as of 2018.
Monthly Housing Allowance amounts are prorated based on a student’s benefit level (determined by the DVA based on length of service) and may be further reduced based on a less than full-time rate of pursuit, rounded to nearest multiple of 10. Benefits are only payable when the rate of pursuit is more than 50%, and the student is not on active duty.
To receive this benefit during our typical (ten-week) terms, you must attend classes at over the half-time load. At SSU, this means for undergraduate veteran students, you have to take more than six APPROVED credit hours of class during the term. For graduate students, you must take more than four credit hours during the term. In other words, both undergraduates and graduates must take a minimum of two four-credit courses that directly lead to your degree in order to get BAH benefits. So long as you maintain over a half-time course load of approved courses, you will receive the benefit, however, if you drop a class and fall to half-time or below, your benefit will stop effective on the class drop date.
Should SSU later develop interim courses of fewer than ten weeks in duration, a different means of determining sufficient attendance will be promulgated.
Your Chapter 33 BAH payments will be made via direct deposit by the DVA. The DVA pays benefits “in arrears,” meaning your payment will be received in the month after it was earned. So, for example, your September BAH deposit will be made in first part of October. Note: you will not be paid BAH if you are currently on active duty (even if on terminal leave) as your service branch is already providing you with that benefit. This is also true in the case of dependents with transferred benefits.
A direct deposit by the DVA will be made in your personal bank account for your book and supply stipend – the amount varies depending on the course load you are carrying until you hit the annual maximum benefit of $1000. The DVA pays the school directly for tuition and fees. If you have paid for some of the fees the DVA will pay for, or if you are receiving any fee waivers, you will be sent a refund check from the school.
The DVA will not pay for any extraneous fees: fees for things like parking, student activity cards, and for course tuition fees for non-approved courses. Those fees are your responsibility.
Generally, dropping a course during the first week of a term entitles you to a full refund of tuition for the dropped course. The DVA considers this first week of the term to be the “drop period.” From that point until approximately five weeks into the term, a dropped class will receive a “W” grade. This final deadline date is the one after which a “W” grade cannot be given, instead you must receive a letter grade (A-F) in the class. (See the Term Dates & Holidays page on this site for the actual deadline dates for each term.)
Classes dropped during the “drop period” (based on the catalog deadline dates) do not count toward the “training time” requirements of the DVA – whether or not a refund of tuition was given. This can affect your benefits. For example: if you were to receive tuition and BAH under Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) because you started the term with nine units and then you dropped a 4.5-unit class at the end of the drop period, you would face an overpayment action. The DVA would consider that you were only enrolled in 4.5 units (9 – 4.5 = 4.5) for that term so you would not be eligible for BAH payments and you would have to pay back any BAH received for the term. Additionally, you would owe the DVA for the tuition payment made to SSU for the dropped class – even if you are not entitled to a SSU refund of that money!
Classes dropped after the drop period but on or before the “last day to drop with a ‘W'” date in the catalog will receive a “W” grade which the DVA considers to be a “punitive grade” meaning the drop affects your academic progress and/or GPA. Such punitive grades do NOT result in a DVA overpayment action unless the punitive grade directly leads to termination from the College due to unsatisfactory progress. However, from that course drop date through the end of the term your training time will be calculated without the dropped class – meaning a Chapter 33 veteran may have BAH stopped toward the end of the term if the dropped class brings the veteran down to half-time or less.
You cannot drop a class after the “last day to drop with a ‘W'” date in the catalog. You will receive a grade for the course.
Yes, if you failed a course, you can repeat it and still receive benefits, so long as the course is required for your degree. If you received a “D” you may be paid if the course is a required for your degree and you need a grade of “C” or above to meet the graduation requirements.
You cannot receive payment for courses taken elsewhere and repeated here. That is why you must get official copies of your transcripts to the Registrar and a copy to the Veteran Services Officer as soon as you can after enrolling in our program.
You are still eligible for BAH, but at a significantly reduced rate. The DVA’s rules on distance (online) learning and the housing allowance say that students whose enrollment is exclusively online are only eligible for a maximum of 50% of the national average of the monthly housing allowances times the percentage of entitlement AND the rate of pursuit, all rounded to the nearest multiple of 10 percent. If a student’s enrollment for the term has both online (distance learning) and resident training (standard classroom instruction) and they are taking more than a half-time load, then the monthly housing allowance can be paid for the period of residence training at the local rates.
NOTE: Basic eligibility requirements for Monthly Housing Allowance benefits (that is, that veteran students must maintain a rate of pursuit greater than half-time (>50%) remain unchanged.
This is an important question that potentially affects your GI Bill benefits as well as your academic progress. You should speak to your academic counselor to determine what impact a failing grade or withdrawal will have on your academic status and call to the DVA for specific details before you make a final decision. This answer provides general guidance only.
The key point from a benefit standpoint between a “W” grade and a failing one is when the class is considered to have ended. When you choose to drop a class and receive a “W” grade, your training time credit for that class ends on the date of the drop. If you continue in the class and end up with a failing grade, your training time credit for that class continues until the scheduled end date of that class. Dropping training time credits can impact your GI Bill benefits, especially for Post-9/11 veterans.
Let’s consider two students, Juan and Julie. Both are Post-9/11 veterans who have nine credit hours of training time and both are doing very poorly in a 4.5-unit history class this term. Juan decides to drop the class after the drop period but two months before the end of the term, Julie stays in class and ends up with an “F” grade. How did their decisions affect them?
- Juan’s training time drops to below half-time on the date of his course drop (9 units – 4.5 units = 4.5 units, defined as less than half-time in the catalog). His eligibility for BAH stops at this point for the rest of the term. He loses two months of BAH — over $4000. The DVA will not try to take back his BAH from the first part of the term and they won’t ask for the tuition back for the dropped course because the “W” is considered a punitive grade (see FAQ “How does dropping a class affect my GI Bill benefits?”).
- Julie continues to receive BAH until the end of the term. The DVA will not take back the tuition for a failed course. Julie can then re-take the class and receive payment for the second attempt under certain circumstances (see the FAQ “Can I repeat a course.”).
As you can see – this is not a decision to be taken lightly. Please consult your professor, the DVA, and your academic counselor before making your final decision.
Yes! We strongly encourage you to apply for all financial aid and scholarships you can. Currently, SSU is not eligible for Title IV funding, but we are in process of getting federal approval. Please note, any aid or scholarships you receive must be reported to the Veteran Services Officer.”