The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The Commission on Higher Education is an independent corporation maintaining a relationship with Middle States Association. 


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Because MSCHE is an institutional accreditor, we examine institutions as a whole rather than specific programs within institutions. MSCHE provides education, quality assurance, and other services to members.


MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities, including the evaluation of distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE accredits institutions across the United States as well as globally.


Professional Accreditations

Business and Managerial Science Programs granting the B.B.A. Degrees at the Undergraduate Level and the M.B.A. and M.S. in Management Information System Degrees at the Graduate Level are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213. Phone: 913-339-9356.

The Didactic Program, Internship, and Distance Internship Programs in the Nutrition and Dietetics department are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.  Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

The Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, GA 30097. Phone: 770-476-1224. Fax: 770-476-1738.

The Graduate Art Therapy Program of the Art Department is accredited by the American Art Therapy Association, 4875 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 240, Alexandria, VA 22304. Phone: 888-290-0878 or 703-548-5860.

The Undergraduate Music Therapy Program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association, 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: 301-589-3300. Fax: 301-589-5175

The Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850-3289. Phone: 800-498-2071.

The Athletic Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, 2001 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor North, Washington, DC  20006  Phone: 512-733-9700 or 844-462-2283.

The baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001. Phone: 202-887-6791. Fax:: 202- 887-8476.

Counseling Programs in Elementary Counseling, Secondary School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: 703-535-5990.

The Master and Baccalaureate of Social Work degree programs in the School of Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457. Phone: 703-683-8080.  Fax:  703-683-8099.

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH.) degree program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, 107 S West Street, Suite 707, Alexandria, VA  22314.  Phone: 202-783-2007.

Programs in Art and Design of the Art Department are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248. Phone: 703-437-0700.  Fax:  703-437-6312.

Programs in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248. Phone: 703-437-0700.  Fax:  703-437-6312.

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Clinical Psychology is accredited as a doctoral program in clinical psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA), Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5500 or 800-374-2721.