Accreditation ensures higher education institutions meet acceptable quality standards. We stand behind your education with our history of achieving that benchmark.
University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org since 1978.
Programmatic or specialized accreditation represents an additional level of external peer evaluation and quality assurance that applies to specific programs within an institution. The focus of programmatic accreditation is on the curriculum for a specific program(s) and how it leads to professional practice. With programmatic accreditation, the quality of the programs are regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the industry of choice. Employers and students can trust that the program of study meets quality standards set by the profession. See below for University of Phoenix degree programs that have received programmatic accreditation.
Review University of Phoenix degree programs that have received programmatic accreditation.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited the following programs in the School of Business:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213
For additional information please visit acbsp.org.
*These programs are not available for new enrollments.
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
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Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
PO Box 911 Spring House, PA 19477
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791
Notice: Following a comprehensive accreditation evaluation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in October 2020, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was granted continuing accreditation for a term of five years until 2025. Maintenance of accreditation requires that programs demonstrate ongoing and sustainable compliance with all accreditation standards and key elements. To that end, the CCNE has issued a show cause directive to the program, effective October 20, 2022, requesting additional evidence of compliance with specified standards and elements by January 20, 2023. The issuance of a Show Cause Directive is not an adverse action, but a statement of serious concern by the CCNE Board. University of Phoenix is committed to the quality of the MSN program and fully expects that further reporting on our progress and achievements will address these concerns.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001
The Master of Science in Counseling program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Phoenix Campus is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350 Alexandria, VA 22314
For additional information please visit cacrep.org.
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The following program is accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialised accrediting body. Following a merger of accreditors, NCATE accreditation is administered by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
500 Montgomery St, Suite 350 Alexandria, VA 22314
For additional information, please visit caepnet.org.
The following programs offered by the College of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting body. Following a merger of accreditors, NCATE accreditation is administered by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
The following programs (Utah-specific) are accredited:
Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
1140 119th St. NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036
For additional information please visit caepnet.org.
University of Phoenix’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
University of Phoenix is approved to operate in the following U.S. states and district, either through licensure, registration, general or specific approvals, consent, or exemption.
University of Phoenix is subject to specific approval-related statements that are required by some states or provinces as follows:
Florida: Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2308.
Georgia: Authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990.
Illinois: University of Phoenix is authorized to operate as a post-secondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, www.ibhe.org.
Indiana: Fully authorized by the Indiana Commission for Postsecondary Proprietary Education. AC-0188. Indianapolis Campus: 7999 Knue Rd., Suites 100 & 500, Indianapolis, IN 46250; Northwest Indiana Campus: 8401 Ohio St., Merrillville, IN 46410.
Maryland: Registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Ohio: Registration Number 1154320. Cleveland Main Campus: 3401 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 250, Beachwood, OH 44122.
Oklahoma: University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org). For more information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit http://plannedgiving.wf.bodylightyoga.com/about/accreditation.html.
College credit granted by University of Phoenix. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.
Puerto Rico: University of Phoenix operates under a renewal license granted by the Puerto Rico Council on Education.
South Carolina: Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. South Carolina Campus: 1001 Pinnacle Point Dr., Columbia, SC 29223.
Tennessee: Memphis Campus: 65 Germantown Ct., Ste. 100, Cordova, TN 38018; Nashville Campus: 616 Marriott Dr., Ste. 150, Nashville, TN 37214.
Virginia: University of Phoenix is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Virginia Beach Learning Center 150 Central Park Avenue Virginia Beach, VA, 23462.
University of Phoenix also maintains voluntary memberships with numerous organizations, including:
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