Accreditation

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

For more information, visit their website at HLCommission.org. Use the links under "Contact Us" to reach the Commission.


Programmatic Approvals and Additional Accreditation

Select an area of study to learn more about additional approvals and accreditations and/or restrictions applicable to programs offered within that area.

  • ABET

    Purdue Global's School of Business and Information Technology has received programmatic accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET for the following program:

    • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

    With ABET accreditation, students, employers, and all those served by the University can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

    ABET
    415 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Tel: 410.347.7700
    Website: www.abet.org

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    Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

    Programs in the School of Business and Information Technology have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation includes the following Purdue Global business degree programs:

    • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
    • Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Master of Science in Management and Leadership
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Science in Finance

    ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. 

    Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
    11520 West 119th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66213
    Tel: 913-339-9356
    Fax: 913-339-6226
    www.acbsp.org

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

    Purdue Global's Master of Science in Finance with a concentration in financial planning is a CFP Board-Registered Program in financial planning education. The Master of Science in Finance with a concentration in financial planning meets the specific criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification.

    Individuals who meet CFP Board's education requirement are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Successful completion of the education and examination components completes two of the core prerequisites to obtain CFP® certification.

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

    The Society for Human Resource Management

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the following programs fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates:

    • Master of Science in Management and Leadership with a concentration in human resources 
    • Master of Business Administration with a concentration in human resources
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in human resources

    The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines—created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013—are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

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    American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

    The Purdue University Global Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program is approved by the AHIMA Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP). This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer-review process using a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions to be acknowledged as offering an AHIMA-approved coding certificate program.

    A directory of AHIMA-approved programs, which includes Purdue Global’s certificate program, may be found at www.ahima.org/education/academic-affairs/PCAP.

    Commission for Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program is in candidacy status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

    The Medical Assistant Certificate program offered at the Des Moines, Iowa, location is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

    The Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa, Lewiston, Maine (with an additional location in Augusta), and Lincoln, Nebraska, locations voluntarily withdrew accreditation for the certificate program in August 2018. The Des Moines, Iowa, location voluntarily withdrew accreditation for the certificate program in August 2019. All students enrolled in the certificate program at the above locations prior to voluntary accreditation withdrawal will graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited program.

    Inquiries may be made at:

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
    Education Programs
    25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
    Tel: 727-210-2350
    Website: www.caahep.org

    Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

    Purdue Global, which offers the Master of Health Informatics and Master of Health Information Management programs, is recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as an Approved Education Partner (AEP). As a HIMSS AEP, Purdue Global has met HIMSS’s rigorous standards for delivering world-class, effective health care and health IT education. HIMSS-approved educational programs provide advanced knowledge in health information and technology or health care and prepare candidates to sit for the CAHIMS or CPHIMS exam.

    A directory of HIMSS-approved programs, which includes the Purdue Global Master of Health Informatics and Master of Health Information Management, may be found at www.himss.org/get-involved/approved-education-partner/find-an-aep.

  • Concord Law School

    Concord Law School is authorized to operate as a degree-granting institution in the state of California and is registered as an unaccredited law school in the distance learning category with the California Committee of Bar Examiners:

    180 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Tel: 415-538-2000
    www.calbar.ca.gov

    Concord's unique method of delivering its program—utilizing the Internet without a fixed classroom facility—places it in the "distance learning" category under California law. The California Committee of Bar Examiners registers distance learning schools, and if study is completed in conformance with Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California and all other requirements are met, graduates of the Juris Doctor program are eligible to sit for the California Bar Examination.

    Concord’s degree-granting authority in connection with its students qualifying to take the California Bar Examination and obtaining admission to the practice of law in California (Juris Doctor program) is based on its registration as an unaccredited law school with the Committee of Bar Examiners.

    National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

    NALA, the professional association for paralegals, recognizes the Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services and the Bachelor of Science in Legal Support and Services as meeting the coursework criteria for eligibility to sit for the Certified Paralegal Examination.

    NALA Headquarters
    7666 East 61st Street, Suite 315
    Tulsa, OK 74133
    Email: nalanet@nala.org

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

    The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and postgraduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
    Washington, DC 20001
    Tel: 202-887-6791

    Iowa Board of Nursing

    The Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite at Cedar Rapids and Des Moines is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Iowa Board of Nursing
    400 SW 8th Street, Suite B
    Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
    Tel: 515-281-3255

    Maine State Board of Nursing

    The Associate of Science in Nursing and the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Augusta are granted initial approval by the Maine State Board of Nursing:

    161 Capitol Street
    158 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0158
    Tel: 207-287-1133

    Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

    The Practical Nursing Diploma program and the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Omaha, and the Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Lincoln are approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services can be contacted at:

    Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
    Regulation and Licensure
    PO Box 95007
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5007

  • Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education

    Purdue Global is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education institution:

    16825 South Seton Avenue
    Emmitsburg, MD 21727
    Tel: 301-447-1000
    Fax: 301-447-1346
    Website: www.usfa.fema.gov/

    International Fire Service Accreditation Congress

    Purdue Global's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received programmatic accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) for the following programs:

    • Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management
    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

    International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
    IFSAC Administrative Office
    1812 Tyler Avenue
    Stillwater, OK 74078

  • The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

    The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) has verified the course sequence of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis and the Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination given by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®)

    The ABAI has also verified the course sequence of the Master of Science in Psychology’s applied behavior analysis concentration and the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the BACB's Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Please refer to the BACB’s website for full eligibility requirements (www.BACB.com).

    The BACB can be contacted at:

    Behavior Analyst Certification Board
    8051 Shaffer Parkway
    Littleton, CO 80127
    Tel: 720-438-4321

    National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission

    The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions, the online Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in addictions, and the online Graduate Certificate in Addictions are accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). The NASAC can be contacted at:

    44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Tel: 703-562-0211
    Website: nasacaccreditation.org

U.S. State and Other Approvals

Select a location to learn more about additional approvals. Please refer to Program Availability Information for Purdue Global’s individual program approvals and restrictions by state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Alabama regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

    Teaching Programs

    SARA authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama teaching certificate. Applicants for an Alabama teaching certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least 3 years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). For additional information, see http://www.alsde.edu/

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Alaska regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Arizona regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Arkansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

    Teaching Programs

    Arkansas students enrolled in the Master of Science in Education must sign a disclosure statement prior to the start of their program.

  • Purdue Global offers distance education and does not maintain a physical presence in the state of California. Therefore, Purdue Global is not required to register with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Colorado regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Connecticut regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Delaware regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with the District of Columbia regulations to offer programs to residents of the district.

  • Purdue Global is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Additional information regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the Commission:

    325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
    Tel: 888-224-6684 (Toll Free)

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Georgia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • Purdue Global offers distance education and does not maintain a physical presence in Guam. Therefore, Purdue Global is not required to register with the Guam Council on Post-secondary Institution Certification.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Hawaii regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Idaho regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • Purdue Global has operating authority granted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Additional information regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the Board:

    431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
    Springfield, IL 62701
    Tel: 217-782-2551

    Purdue Global is approved by the Illinois Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Purdue Global is regulated by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education:

    Indiana Commission for Higher Education
    101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Tel: 800-227-5695 (Toll Free)
    Tel: 317-232-1320

  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission

    Purdue Global is authorized by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission:

    430 East Grand Avenue
    3rd Floor
    Des Moines, IA 50309 
    Tel: 877-272-4456, option 4 (Toll Free)

    Additional Approvals

    Purdue Global is approved by the Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Iowa Private Industry Area Council.

    Iowa Board of Nursing

    The Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing:

    Iowa Board of Nursing 
    400 SW 8th Street, Suite B
    Des Moines, IA 50309-4685 
    Tel: 515.281.3255

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Kansas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Kentucky regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

    Teaching Programs

    Note: The Master of Science in Higher Education degree is not recognized for rank change for K-12 teachers in Kentucky

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Louisiana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • Maine State Board of Nursing

    The Associate of Science in Nursing and the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Augusta is granted initial approval by the Maine State Board of Nursing:

    161 Capitol Street
    158 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0158
    Tel: 207-287-1133

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Michigan regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Minnesota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Mississippi regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Missouri regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Montana regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • Purdue Global is authorized by Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Additional information regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the Commission:

    140 North 8th Street, Suite 300
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
    Tel: 402-471-2847

    Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

    The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Lincoln are approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services can be contacted at:

    Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure
    P.O. Box 95007
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5007

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Nevada regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with New Hampshire regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with New Jersey regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with New Mexico regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with New York regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with North Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with North Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Ohio regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Oklahoma regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Oregon regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Pennsylvania regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Puerto Rico regulations to offer programs to residents of the commonwealth.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Rhode Island regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with South Carolina regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with South Dakota regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Tennessee regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

    Teaching Programs

    Specific education master's degrees are not recognized for initial licensure in Tennessee and cannot be used to add endorsement areas to a Tennessee license. Prior to enrolling, students are strongly encouraged to confirm salary rating and license renewal policies with their school district and/or state department, when applicable.

    Benefits for Tennessee K-12 teachers enrolled in the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Education's educational leadership concentration include:

    • Salary increase and/or licensure renewal*
    • Career advancement, i.e., those completing the educational leadership concentration may gain the necessary leadership knowledge and skills to be eligible for a department chair or other nonlicensure administrative role

    Benefits for career changers enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching's noncertification track include:

    • Increased confidence in the classroom while working with adolescents in current role
    • Greater preparation for state pedagogy exams and state-approved certification programs
    • Salary increase*

    Benefits of the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology include:

    • Entry into a career as an instructional designer or instructional technologist
    • Ability to fine-tune skills related to design, development, and evaluation of instructional programs, materials, and media

    *Please check with your school district and/or the Tennessee Department of Education prior to enrollment.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Texas regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • Purdue Global does not maintain a physical presence in the state of Utah and has been granted exemption by the State of Utah Department of Commerce.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Vermont regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Virginia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Washington regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with West Virginia regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

  • Purdue Global is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Program. Any questions or concerns about Purdue Global that have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the University should be directed to the Wisconsin Educational Approval Program:

    Educational Approval Program - Department of Safety and Professional Services
    1400 East Washington Avenue
    Madison, WI 53703
    Tel: 608-266-1996
    Fax: 608-624-8477
    Email: DSPSEAP@wisconsin.gov
    Website: https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/EducationalApproval/Default.aspx

  • As an approved SARA institution, Purdue Global is in compliance with Wyoming regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Memberships

  • The Bachelor of Science in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration and Master of Science in Human Services programs are members of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). The CSHSE can be contacted at:

    Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE)
    1935 South Plum Grove Road
    PMB 297
    Palatine, IL 60067

  • The NAADAC (Association for Addiction Professionals) has designated Purdue Global as an Approved Education Provider for meeting nationally approved standards of education for the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field. This approval includes the online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions, the online Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in addictions, and the online Graduate Certificate in Addictions. The NAADAC can be contacted at:

    44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301
    Alexandria, VA 22314 
    Website: naadac.org
    Tel:  703-741-7686

Additional Approvals

Purdue Global also holds additional approvals and authorizations.

  • Purdue Global is a licensed testing center for the Travel Institute. Tests are offered at select University locations.
  • Purdue Global is an authorized participant of the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, Change 3 (Voluntary Education Programs), effective July 7, 2014; as a result, Purdue Global is authorized to receive military tuition assistance (TA) funds.
  • Purdue Global is approved and authorized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to receive veterans educational benefit funds. NOTE: Purdue Global complies with Title 38/10 requirements, and notably Sec. 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018.
  • Purdue Global has SAA approval (state specific) for many of its programs open to enrollment for those eligible to receive Veteran Educational Benefits.
  • Purdue Global is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant, alien students.
  • Purdue Global programs are recognized by the following agencies and federal laws:
    • Dislocated Workers Center
    • Iowa Workforce Development Center (TAA)
    • Job Training Partnership Act
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Services