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 a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland and is governed by the USM Board of Regents. UMUC is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. UMUC at Quantico, Corporate Center, 525 Corporate Drive #101, Stafford, VA 22554.

If you need additional information or documentation related to UMUC's accreditation or other federal or state approvals, please e-mail the Office of the Provost.

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 (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 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.

Learn more about the Health Informatics Administration Master's Degree.

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 approved by the Maryland State Department of Education as a professional education program leading to state teacher certification in the state of Maryland.

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Learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Master of Business Administration

University of Maryland University College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

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

Learn more about the Master of Business Administration.

Master of Education in Instructional Technology

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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. With the NCATE accreditation, the Master of Education program has also earned national ISTE Logorecognition by its professional association, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). 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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Learn more about the Master of Education in Instructional Technology.

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, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. CCNE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

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

Additional Program-Specific Quality Assurance Recognitions

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.

Learn more about the Information Technology Master's Degree with Project 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.

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.