UMUC: A Regionally Accredited University

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.

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.

About Accreditation

Accreditation 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 (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE) evaluate and recognize accrediting bodies that meet their standards.

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. For example, cosmetology programs, faith-based institutions, law programs, medical programs, etc., have their own program-specific accrediting agencies. Large public colleges and universities do not typically hold national accreditation, though they may have individual programs that are nationally accredited.

Specialized Program Accreditations

RN to BSN Nursing for Registered Nurses

CCNE SealThe 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.

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 the 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.

Master of Business Administration

The University of Maryland University College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. IACBE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

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 the 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.

Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration

This program is accredited as a Health Information Management Master of Science Degree by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), 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 (HIM) degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree levels in the United States and Puerto Rico.


Additional Program-Specific Quality Assurance Recognitions

Master of Science in Information Technology, Project Management

This program is recognized by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), 14 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Individuals who complete this program earn 1,500 of the 4,500 project management experience hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination.

Master of Science in Management, Project Management

This program is recognized by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), 14 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Individuals who complete this program earn 1,500 of the 4,500 project management experience hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination.

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The Strength of Middle States Accreditation

More than 500 institutions have earned the same accreditation as UMUC.