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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Florida - Orlando


Columbia College improves lives by providing quality education to both traditional and nontraditional students, helping them achieve their true potential.


Our vision is to be a highly innovative institution of higher education, dedicated to excellence in both its traditional and nontraditional programs nationwide.

Catalog Effective Date

Provisions of the 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog are effective July 31, 2019.


Columbia College has been granted a license by the Florida Commission for Independent Education.

Florida was approved as a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) member state on October 1, 2017. Columbia College was approved as a SARA institution on February 26, 2015 and can offer distance education programs to students in the State of Florida.


Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students who attend colleges that are not accredited may be unable to sit for professional exams, may not be eligible for financial aid, and have difficulty in transferring college credits.

Location Contact Information

Aaron Williams, Director
Address: 2600 Technology Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (407) 293-9911, Fax: (407) 293-8530, Email: orlando@ccis.edu

Additional Information about Columbia College can be obtained from:

The Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-3200 or (888) 224-6684

Student Costs

For 2019-2020 tuition and charges, please visit the Tuition Rates and Payment Policies  page in the catalog.

Board of Trustees

Columbia College is governed by the Board of Trustees​

  • Walter E Bixby III, Chair
  • Helen Dale Coe Simons, Vice Chair
  • George W. Hulett, Jr., Treasurer
  • Jolene Marra Schulz, Secretary
  • Lynne Stuver Baker
  • Lex R. Cavanah
  • Jerry D. Daugherty
  • Daisy Willis Grossnickle
  • Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding
  • David M. Hardy, Jr.
  • Dr. Mitchell R. Humphreys, M.D.
  • June Viner Hurdle
  • William J. Johnston
  • Danielle Langdon
  • Genie Rogers
  • Dr. David R. Russell, Ph.D.
  • Reverend Brad Stagg
  • Dr. Ahoo Tabatabai, Ph.D.
  • Gary Tatlow
  • Matt Williams
  • Carol J. Winkler
  • Janet Carter Wright

Senior Administration

  • Dr.Scott Dalrymple, President
  • Kevin Palmer, Senior Vice President
    and Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. Piyusha Singh, Provost and Vice President 
    of Academic Affairs
  • Mark Falkowski, Vice President and
    General Counsel
  • Bruce Boyer, Chief Financial Officer
  • Gary Stanowski, Chief Information
  • Clifford Jarvis, Executive Director of
    Plant and Facilities
  • Suzanne Rothwell, Executive Director
    of Advancement

Criminal Justice Majors Notice

Students who have criminal convictions should investigate the feasibility of attaining a Criminal Justice degree for the purpose of attaining employment in the criminal justice or related fields.


Students may view the latest Columbia College information, including policies, on the Columbia College website at www.ccis.edu.

Important Information

Course Cancellation

Courses will only be cancelled in the event of insufficient course interest or if appropriate teaching faculty cannot be found. Notification of cancelled courses will be sent to the CougarMail accounts of students enrolled in the cancelled course. Students will have the option to move to an online section of the same course if there are openings in those sections. If this is not possible, the student will receive a full refund for the course.

Placement Assistance

While Columbia College offers placement assistance to all graduates, employment upon completion of program(s) is not guaranteed.

Tuition Refunds

The college refund policy complies with the Commission for Independent Education.

Students with financial aid who drop or withdraw from a course(s) need to be aware that their financial aid could be affected. Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the date that Columbia College determines that the student has withdrawn.

The Tuition Rates and Payment Policies  catalog page details the standard payment policy, tuition refunds, and other pertinent information that students should be aware of. 

Financial Aid

For those who qualify, financial aid is available through Columbia College and is awarded at the main campus. In addition to the information provided in the 2019-2020 Graduate catalog, students can contact the Enrollment Service Center office at 1-800-231-2391, extension 7252.

Transfer of Columbia College Credits

Columbia College courses are normally accepted by other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning. However, all colleges and universities reserve the right to determine those credits they will accept in transfer.

Nontraditional Programs

Distance education courses are available through Online Education located in Columbia, MO. All academic and administrative policies and procedures identified in the 2019-2020 Graduate catalog also pertain to nontraditional programs.

2019-2020 Academic Calendars

For 2019-2020 Academic Calendars, please visit the 2019-2020 Academic Calendars  page in the catalog.

Physical Facilities and Equipment

The location is located at 2600 Technology Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32804. This location currently occupies 11 classrooms, 2 computer labs, a student resource lab, a student lounge, 10 administrative offices and a faculty room. Each classroom is equipped with a Nova station housing the room’s Dell Pentium computers with flat panel monitors and projector supported by TI connectivity. Two classrooms have smart boards and WiFi is available for the students throughout the school. The administrative office is open Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anti-Hazing Policy

In accordance with the House Bill No. 126 of the State of Missouri, hazing is expressly prohibited by Columbia College. Individual students and/or organizations committing an act of hazing shall be subject to disciplinary action by the college and criminal prosecution.


Columbia College uses semester credit hours. Thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for graduate degrees. Courses are eight-weeks in length and are, generally, three credit hours each.

Course Numbering

Columbia College course numbering system follows standard practices:

  • 5xx - indicates graduate level courses
  • 6xx - indicate graduate level courses

Graduate Degree Programs

The Graduate Catalog combines information for all Columbia College locations. Consequently, it includes information on degree programs offered at one or more of the nationwide locations. All degrees listed are not offered at all locations.

Graduate Degree Programs Offered Online and Orlando Location

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Graduate Degree Programs Offered Online

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership

General Student Grievance Policy

To view the entire policy, please visit the General Student Grievance Policy section of the Columbia College Policies website.

The Student Conduct  section of the catalog details information regarding the student grievance process, student code of conduct, overview of the conduct process, as well as other pertinent information that students should be aware of.  

  • Complaints about sex discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation are handled in accordance with the College’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy and corresponding procedures.
  • Complaints about discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation, not based on sex, are handled in accordance with the College’s Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and corresponding procedures.
  • Complaints related to the ADA/Section 504 accommodation process or related to the implementation of approved reasonable accommodations are handled in accordance with the College’s ADA/Section 504 Grievance Policy.

Further Complaint Resolution

On occasion, a student may believe that these administrative procedures have not adequately addressed their concerns and or circumstances related to alleged violations of state consumer protection laws, that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising; alleged violations of state laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions; and complaints relating to the quality of education or other state accreditation requirements.

Complaint process information is provided below for students who wish to address their concerns to the appropriate agency.

  • The Florida Commission for Independent Education complaint policy.
  • The Higher Learning Commission complaint process.
  • Students in distance education programs or courses should reach out to the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) at 573-526-1577 or review the MDHE complaint process.

State Regulatory Agency Contact Information

Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines St, Suite 1414
Tallagassee, FL. 32399-0400
Phone: 888-224-6684
Website: http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/