University Accreditations

American universities are accredited to ensure the quality of their programs. All of Study Group’s partner universities are accredited.

A degree from an accredited Canadian or US university will be recognized by employers, professional associations, and other universities around the world.

How are universities in the USA accredited?

In the USA, private educational associations – recognized by the US government – set and regulate the educational standards of American universities.

How are universities in Canada accredited?

In Canada, universities are regulated by provincial government, not by the Canadian federal government. Universities that are recognized under the provincial standards must meet certain quality assurance standards to be considered authorized.

What types of accreditation and authorization are there?

Institutional accreditation covers the whole university and is the primary type of official university recognition in North America. Accreditation is granted by organizations that cover different geographic regions.

Specialized accreditation (also called programmatic or professional accreditation) covers a program or department within a university. In order to practice certain professions – such as Law or Medicine – you may require a degree that carries specialized accreditation.

Which of Study Group’s partner universities have institutional accreditation?

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

Which of Study Group’s partner universities have specialized accreditation?

ABET (formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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Qianru from China
Business Administration, University of Southern Maine