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Institutional Accreditation

Accreditation is a mark of quality. Walden has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1990. The HLC is one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Being accredited by the HLC validates that our institution lives its mission, operates with integrity, offers programs that focus on student learning, hires faculty that are academically qualified, and provides the resources and support necessary for our students to succeed. Through the regional accreditation process, both quality assurance and continuous improvement are evaluated.

In 2013, our accredited status was reaffirmed by HLC.

Our accreditation status:

  • Allows access to federal and sometimes state financial aid.
  • Provides confidence in academic quality and standards to those evaluating the transfer of credit from one institution to another.
  • Instills confidence in employers when evaluating job credentials of potential employees or determining tuition support for current employees pursuing further education.

Many countries have their own accrediting and regulatory bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United States, please review the requirements of your country of residence to confirm recognition of your Walden degree or program.

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation is given to a college, school, or specific degree program within a university, most often for professional programs that lead to certification or licensure. To receive this type of accreditation, the college, school, or program must demonstrate that it has relevant content, qualified faculty, and adequate resources to meet rigorous accreditation standards set for a specific field, discipline, or profession. By earning this accreditation, the specific program, school, or college demonstrates that it has met the standards that prepare students for advancement in the field.

Walden is proud to have earned specialized accreditations from the following organizations:

CSWE AccreditationCouncil on Social Work Education—Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.

NCATE logoWalden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from April 24, 2012, to June 30, 2019. NCATE accreditation is a nationally recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other P–12 school professionals and indicates that a university has met rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.

In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.

ACBSPThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education worldwide. Walden University’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by ACBSP. Walden’s BS in Accounting and MS in Accounting programs are also accredited by ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

CCNECommission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)—The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, 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.

CACREPCouncil for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)—Walden’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; MS in School Counseling; and MS in Addiction Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CACREP accreditation ensures that the content and quality of counselor-preparation master’s and doctoral degree programs have been evaluated and meet standards set by the profession.

PMIProject Management Institute (PMI)® Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs—Walden’s MS in Project Management program is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs. PMI GAC is the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management and related degree programs, affirming that Walden’s curriculum meets rigorous quality standards established by PMI GAC.

ABET(Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)—Walden’s BS in Information Technology is accredited by ABET, the internationally recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. This accreditation reaffirms the quality of Walden’s information technology program and support services, as well as its commitment to continuous assessment and improvement.

Earn your degree from an accredited university online. Speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 855-646-5286. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.

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