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University Accreditation

Walden University meets rigorous quality standards set by external accrediting bodies. Accreditation validates that the university operates with integrity, offers programs that focus on student learning, and hires faculty that are academically qualified.

Walden University’s accreditation status:

  • Confirms that the programs and courses we offer meet rigorous academic standards.
  • Provides confidence 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.

Walden University is listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s comprehensive database of accredited postsecondary educational institutions. The database is searchable by institution name, accrediting body, and geographic region.

Please note that Walden is a U.S.-based institution accredited in the U.S. Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United States, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your Walden program.

Our Accreditations

Accreditation can also apply to a college, school, or specific degree program. However, not all colleges, schools or programs require or are eligible for specialized accreditation.

higher_learning_commission.pngWalden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

CWSE_logo.pngWalden'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 accreditation standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.

logo-ncate-small.jpgWalden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other preK-12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures that the institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to preK–12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

logo-acbsp-small.jpgWalden’s Master of Business Administration (MBA)Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting program is also accredited by the ACBSP have earned the organization's Specialized Accounting Accreditation. The accreditation reaffirms the quality of Walden's programs and support services, as well as our commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. Earning an ACBSP-accredited degree can better prepare students to compete and succeed in the global marketplace. Employers recognize the value of graduates of a program with educational standards modeled on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, used by businesses, government, and other organizations as a measure of quality.

CACREP.JPEGWalden's PhD in Counselor Education and SupervisionMS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family 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 is a requirement for licensure in many states. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited as a mental health counseling program under the 2001 standards.

CCNE_Accredited_med_.jpgWalden's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

thumbnail.jpgWalden University’s MS in Project Management program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). PMI GAC accreditation is the gold standard for excellence in project management education, affirming that Walden’s curriculum meets rigorous quality standards established by the GAC.

More About Accreditation

Not all programs or colleges require or are eligible for specialized accreditation.

Specialized accreditation is given to a college, school, or specific online 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.

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