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Accreditation

Mount St. Mary’s University is accredited by the following institutions:

Institutional Accreditation

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The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Mount St. Mary's University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status in June 2024 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidate status) activities for institutions of higher education. The Commission’s geographic area of accrediting activities is throughout the United States.

1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801
267-284-5011
www.msche.org

State Approval

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Maryland Higher Education Commission

State approval assures that colleges and universities have satisfied certain minimum requirements established by the State for all degree-granting institutions operating in Maryland. Accreditation goes beyond this to assure that an institution has attained a level of quality recognized by other colleges and universities of the same type.Mount St. Mary's University is recognized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as a state-approved university.

6 N. Liberty St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-767-3301
800-974-0203
www.mhec.state.md.us

Specialized Accreditation

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Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

Mount St. Mary’s University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed below have been awarded accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2029. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

AAQEP-Accredited Programs at Mount St. Mary’s University

Initial Certification Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with Certification:
    • Elementary (1-6)
    • Dual Elementary (1-6) and Special Education (1-8)
    • Art (P-12)
    • English (7-12)
    • French (P-12)
    • German (P-12)
    • Mathematics (7-12)
    • Social Studies (7-12)
    • Spanish (P-12)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification:
    • Elementary (1-6)
    • Dual Elementary (1-6) and Special Education (1-8)
    • Art (P-12)
    • Biology (7-12)
    • Business (7-12)
    • English (7-12)
    • French (P-12)
    • German (P-12)
    • Mathematics (7-12)
    • Music (P-12)
    • Social Studies (7-12)
    • Spanish (P-12)

Advanced Programs

  • Master of Education or Certificate of Advanced Study, Reading
  • Master of Education or Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Instructional Design and Technology
  • Master of Education or Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Instructional Leadership

Learn more about AAQEP accreditation >

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International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business
    Concentrations include Finance, International Business and Economics, Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Business Administration

Learn more about our IACBE accreditation >

11374 Strang Line Rd.
Lanexa, KS 66215
913-631-3009
www.iacbe.org

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National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Mount St. Mary's University has been approved by Maryland to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, in collaboration with the four regional higher education compacts, was established to develop and implement an effective and efficient reciprocal state-level authorization process for postsecondary distance education. Its mission is to provide broad access to postsecondary education opportunities to students across the country, to increase the quality and value of higher learning credentials earned via distance education, and to assure students are well served in a rapidly changing education landscape.

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Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110
412-788-6505
http://www.ats.edu/

Mount St. Mary's Seminary has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools since July 1, 1987. Currently, the Seminary is accredited through March 2033.

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Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

The Mount St. Mary's Seminary ESL Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2022 through August 2032 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Education provides more information to consumers regarding Mount St. Mary's University accreditation in The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

To find more information about the Mount's official reporting to federal, state and accrediting agencies, please reach out to Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D., Executive Director Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness.