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Deciding where to complete your degree is a big deal.

Knowing our accredited university system offers respected and relevant academic programs helps make that choice easier.


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 Accredited by HLC

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Please visit the APUS accreditation page for detailed information about the university's accreditation.

Accreditation Matters

Accreditation sets the bar for standards of quality against which all schools are measured. Accreditation should be important to you because it also determines a school’s eligibility for financial aid including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, and veterans benefits. Accreditation may also influence admission to accredited graduate schools or the ability to transfer credits to other accredited institutions. Listen to University President Dr. Karan Powell explain the importance of accreditation. 

Specialized Accreditation

The academic programs listed here have additional specialized accreditation granted from external industry governing organizations. Specialized accreditation adds a level of rigor to the curriculum and demonstrates to employers that graduates of these programs have achieved the required knowledge and skills to perform in their professions. Specialty accreditation at {{{brandshortuc}}} apply to degrees in business, health sciences, and public safety. 

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. These programs in the {{{brandshortuc}}} School of Business have achieved ACBSP accreditation:

A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting (with additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation) 

A.A. in Business Administration

BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration

MBA - Master of Business Administration

B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship

A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management

B.A. in Marketing

A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management

A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management

A.A. in Real Estate Studies

B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management.

B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation 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. 

Our B.S. in Nursing is accredited by CCNE. We are currently pursuing CCNE accreditation for our M.S. in Nursing, but this does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress 

IFASC logoThe International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) is a peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certifying entities and higher education fire-related degree programs. IFSAC's mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope. IFSAC has accredited these programs at the university: 

A.S. Fire Science
B.S. Fire Science Management 
B.A. Emergency and Disaster Management 
M.A. Emergency and Disaster Management 
Dual M.A. Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security

Contact Us

If you have questions or need further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Accreditation at or 304-724-3778.