Experience the academic distinction of an accredited, nationally ranked Christian university

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 University 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.


Messiah University 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

All tracks of Messiah University’s Master of Arts in counseling are nationally accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Master of Music in conducting: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Master of Science in nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Educational quality standards of organizations that are specific to their individual disciplines

Dietetic internship: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Teaching certification programs: PA Department of Education