Columbia Southern University, a subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, specializes in distance education at multiple levels of degree program. The program launched in 1993 and in 1996 the online offerings expanded broadly. Today, degrees are administered through the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Safety & Emergency Services and Continuing Education. Outcome options include certificate, associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in dozens of fields. Continuing education courses are offered to adult learners to maintain expertise in their field in areas ranging from business to criminal justice to healthcare and technology. As an online university, Columbia Southern provides a robust virtual support system including academic advising, labs with tutors and career counseling. Coursework is available on the traditional school calendar or a flexible option called Lifepace. Additionally, there are term options geared toward military personnel.