University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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UMUC is governed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. UMUC is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland.

Regional Accreditation vs. National Accreditation

Public and private universities and colleges that offer a wide range of programs typically hold regional accreditation. To receive regional accreditation, a university must pass a peer review by faculty and administrators from similar institutions. All of the institutions within the University System of Maryland, including UMUC, are regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting body available to Maryland and surrounding states.

Another type of accreditation, national accreditation, is provided by accrediting agencies that are generally single-purpose, narrow in scope, or vocational in nature. Large public colleges and universities do not typically hold national accreditation, though they may have individual programs that are nationally accredited.

Specialized Program Accreditations

Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree

CAHIIM Accredited Program

This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, 233 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois. CAHIIM is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CAHIIM institutes and enforces accreditation standards and accredits Health Informatics and Health Information Management degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree levels in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Information about program enrollment, graduation, and retention rates can be found in Health Informatics Administration student counts.

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics Administration program are eligible to apply for the Registered Health Information Administrator national certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

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Information Technology Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

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The Master of Science in Information Technology specialization in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI's legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

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Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

Global Accreditation Center LogoThe Master of Science in Management specialization in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI's legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)The graduate education department at University of Maryland University College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher preparation and Master of Education in instructional technology program at UMUC. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland State Department of Education as a professional education program leading to state teacher certification.

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Master of Business Administration

This program has received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, known as IACBE, located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas. IACBE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Information about academic quality and student achievement can be found in the annual report to IACBE.

Further information on student achievement is available in the Public Disclosure of Student Learning Assessment Results.

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Master of Education in Instructional Technology

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)The graduate education department at University of Maryland University College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher preparation and Master of Education in instructional technology program at UMUC. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

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Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)The baccalaureate degree in nursing at UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-463-6930. CCNE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

Learn more about the Nursing for Registered Nurses Bachelor's Degree.

Additional Program-Specific Quality Assurance Recognitions

Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate

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UMUC's graduate acquisition coursework is focused on the core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. NCMA members can apply successfully completed 3-credit courses within UMUC's acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate and management master's degree specialization toward continuing professional education credits required for NCMA certification and recertification.

Learn more about the Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate.

Biotechnology Master's Degree

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Biotechnology Master's Degree with Bioinformatics Specialization

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biosecurity and Biodefense Specialization

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biotechnology Management Specialization

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Biotechnology Master's Degree with Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs Specialization

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Environmental Management Master's Degree

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Health Care Administration Master's Degree

College Values Online Top Online DegreesUMUC's Master of Science in Health Care Administration has been recognized as one of 2016's best value colleges by College Values Online.

 

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Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree

HIMSS Approved LogoUMUC has been appointed an Approved Education Partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and our graduates are eligible to take the HIMSS certification.

 

College Choice Health Informatics AwardUMUC's Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration has been ranked the Best Online Master's in Health Informatics Degree Programs in 2016 by College Choice.

 

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Information Technology Master's Degree

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Information Technology Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

Individuals who complete this program earn project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.

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Information Technology Master's Degree with Software Engineering Specialization

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Information Technology Master's Degree with Telecommunications Management Specialization

PSM LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Management Master's Degree with Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Specialization

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UMUC's graduate acquisition coursework is focused on the core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. NCMA members can apply successfully completed 3-credit courses within UMUC's acquisition and supply chain management graduate certificate and management master's degree specialization toward continuing professional education credits required for NCMA certification and recertification.

Learn more about the Management Master's Degree with Acquisition and Supply Chain Management Specialization.

Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

Individuals who complete this program earn project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.

Learn more about the Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization.

Project Management Graduate Certificate

Individuals who complete this program earn project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.

Learn more about the Project Management Graduate Certificate.

Cybersecurity Program Recognition

UMUC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

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What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a sign of credibility. It denotes an organization of institutional quality. Once an organization opens itself to outside examination, a regional or national accrediting body reviews specific standards and criteria and offers the institution opportunities for self-improvement. The Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education evaluate and recognize accrediting bodies that meet their standards.