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Programs


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.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Certificate in Marketing

The Certificate in Marketing program is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills, and abilities to begin a career in a marketing related field. The certificate addresses marketing and communication issues in today’s evolving and highly competitive business environment. A total of nine courses at the undergraduate level build strong foundation skills in core subject areas and develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking. Elective courses guide students into functional areas of marketing, 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 implementation of marketing plans and marketing tactics.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate in Business Administration

Southern States University’s Certificate in Business Administration is a one-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. A total of seven courses build strong foundation skills in core subject areas and develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking. Elective courses guide students into several functional areas of management affording students the ability to develop skills necessary to take on the many challenges present in this constantly evolving field.

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.

Benefits

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You deserve an education worthy of your service. Make the investment in your education count when you attend Southern States University.

Our programs are approved for Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill. Learn more about your Tuition Assistance benefits below.

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  • (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.

 

Transfer Credits

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.

Resources

VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER

The SSU Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is committed to ensuring that military connected individuals successfully make the transition from their past military environment to their current student life, and are assisted in their progress toward completing their academic goals.

 

The VRC also provides students access to a relaxing safe space, interaction with like-minded military connected students, peer mentoring, group study sessions, tutoring, information and referrals, workshops, and computers. The VA Coordinator provides in-center access to success coaching, veteran benefits, academic enrichment programs, disability accommodations, and similar services. Our goal here at SSU is to give each military connected student the support and advocacy needed to achieve their educational and professional goals.

PROGRAMS OFFERED

GI Bill Benefits 101 Class

Professional Development

Internship Program

Student Veterans Organization

Community Network Events

Mock Interviews

Guest Speakers

VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

These links lead to some of the better known veteran service organizations. You should not only look at the general organizations but also specific organizations dedicated to helping veterans of a specific conflict, disability, or background.

You are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from these organizations in gaining any benefits that you or your dependents 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.

FAQs

VA 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 school certifying official will dramatically speed up your processing.

  • You need to bring us a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • The member copy 4 of your DD214.
  • Official copies of all your transcripts (military included) summaries are preferred. Follow link for your Joint Service Transcript (military transcripts)
  • If you are a Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance) recipient, you must also bring us your VA file number for your case with suffix.
  • Always bring us any correspondence you receive from VA.

GI Bill programs are all elective benefits, meaning that you have to ask for them, they are not automatic. The school certifying official 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 student veterans 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 utilize your benefits with us.

Quickly declaring classes with the school certifying official is especially important for Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) and Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) students. Ch. 33 and Ch. 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: Ch. 33 and Ch. 31 students must declare their classes as soon as possible.

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 VA benefit other than Ch.31 and Ch.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 VA. 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 VA 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 school certifying official here has to submit a certification of your classes to VA. We will do this as quickly as possible but it may take a week, especially during peak enrollment periods. Once your certification is submitted, VA can take 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.

Your VA Certificate of Eligibility letter informed you that you were entitled to a specific percentage of Chapter 33 benefits based on your length of service as determined by VA. 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 MAH each month and your annual book stipend will be reduced to match the percentage.

Note: Only VA can perform calculations and determine the percentage of eligibility. The school certifying official only reports the tuition, fees, and course load. They do not have access to how these calculations are performed. If you have questions call VA 1-800-827-1000 to speak to a representative.

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payment amounts are based on the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for “E-5 with dependents” for the zip code of the school.  Rates can be found at this website (ignore the security warning that pops-up, military sites don’t follow typical internet protocols).

MHA amounts are prorated based on a student’s benefit level (determined by VA) 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,  you must attend classes at or above the half-time load. At SSU, this means for undergraduate student veterans, 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 MAH 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.

A direct deposit by VA 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. VA pays the school directly for tuition and fees. If you have paid for some of the fees VA will pay for, or if you are receiving any fee waivers, you will be sent a refund check from the school.

VA will not pay for any extra fees (parking, student activity cards, and 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. VA considers this first week of the term to be the “drop period.” From the second week 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 VA – whether or not a refund of tuition was given. This can affect your benefits. For example: if you were to receive tuition and MAH 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 over-payment. VA 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 MAH payments and you would have to pay back any extra funds received for the term.

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 submit official copies of your transcripts to the Registrar and a copy to the school certifying official as soon as you can after enrolling in our program.

You are still eligible for MAH, but at a significantly reduced rate. VA 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.

This is an important question that potentially affects your GI Bill benefits as well as your academic progress. You should speak to your academic advisor to determine what impact a failing grade or withdrawal will have on your academic status and call VA 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 student veterans.

Let’s consider two students, Juan and Julie. Both are Ch. 33 student 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 MAH stops at this point for the rest of the term. He loses two months of MAH — over $4,000.
  • Julie continues to receive MAH until the end of the term. VA 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.

As you can see – this is not a decision to be taken lightly… Please consult your professor, the school certifying official, VA, and your academic advisor before making your final decision.

Yes! We strongly encourage you to apply for all financial aid and scholarships you can.