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Accreditation

Nationally recognized accreditation

Accreditation is a hallmark of excellence in institutions of higher education. To achieve accreditation, colleges and universities must meet strict quality standards in areas such as academic degree programs, faculty, co-curricular programs, technology, student services and fulfillment of institutional mission. Studying at an accredited institution, such as Messiah College, also ensures that course credits and degrees that you earn here will be accepted by other colleges and universities that are accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation - teachingMessiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. Middle States is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several other locations internationally.

Individual program accreditation

Messiah College also has many academic programs that hold additional accreditation from, and have met the educational quality standards of, the following accrediting agencies that are specific to their individual disciplines:

Accreditors approved by U.S. Secretary of Education

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), Commission on Accreditation

Accreditors recognized by the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • PA Department of Education (Teaching Certification Programs)

Other accreditors and approvals

  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 
  • National Council on Family Relations Certified Family Life Educator Approval

Educational memberships

As an active participant in current developments in higher education, the College also holds educational memberships in many organizations, including:

  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • The Christian College Consortium (CCC)
  • The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education