Accreditations and licensures

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor. University of Phoenix obtained its most recent 10-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2012–13. A comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2016–17, and the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation is scheduled for 2022–23.

About accreditation

Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards established by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

Programmatic or specialized accreditation applies to specific programs or coursework within an institution and is often associated with professional organizations. See below for University of Phoenix degree programs that are accredited.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP®) is one of three major internationally active organizations that accredit business schools and programs. The other two are the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

ACBSP standards for academic excellence are designed to align with the mission of teaching institutions with an emphasis on student learning, supported by continuous quality improvement and faculty scholarship.

Business programs accredited by ACBSP 

Why accreditation makes a difference

Only about one in three business schools offers programs accredited by a programmatic accrediting body, making University of Phoenix part of an elite group in the higher education community for business students.

ACBSP Global Business Accreditation is a registered trademark of ACBSP Inc.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is recognized as a specialized accrediting body focusing on baccalaureate and graduate education nursing programs. For additional information, visit

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120

University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-specific initial programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Virginia. The College of Education offers state-specific advanced programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.

Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University's initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.

Only the Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Arizona campuses) and the Master of Science in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling (Utah) programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP®), a specialized accrediting body. For additional information, visit

CACREP Global Business Accreditation is a registered trademark of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

University of Phoenix is approved to operate in most U.S. states, territories and possessions, either through licensure, registration, general or specific approvals, consent or exemption.

  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education
  • California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education, Commission on Higher Education
  • Connecticut Office of Higher Education
  • Delaware Department of Education
  • Government of the District of Columbia, Education Licensure Commission
  • Florida Commission for Independent Education
  • Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
  • State of Hawaii Post-Secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP) from
  • State of Hawaii, Office of the Governor
  • Idaho State Board of Education
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission
  • Kansas Board of Regents
  • Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
  • State of Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • State of Michigan Department of Education, Postsecondary Services
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
  • State of Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education
  • Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • Nevada State Commission on Postsecondary Education
  • New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education
  • New Mexico Higher Education Department
  • Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina
  • Ohio Board of Regents
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Consejo de Educación Superior de Puerto Rico/Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
  • South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Utah System of Higher Education State Board of Regents
  • The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
  • Wyoming Department of Education

University of Phoenix is subject to specific approval-related statements that are required by some states or provinces as follows: 

Florida: Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2308.

Georgia: Authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990.

Illinois: University of Phoenix is authorized to operate as a post-secondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377,

Indiana: Fully authorized by the Indiana Commission for Postsecondary Proprietary Education. AC-0188. Indianapolis Campus: 7999 Knue Rd., Suites 100 & 500, Indianapolis, IN 46250; Northwest Indiana Campus: 8401 Ohio St., Merrillville, IN 46410.

Maryland: Registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Ohio: Registration Number 1154320. Cleveland Main Campus: 3401 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 250, Beachwood, OH 44122.

Oklahoma: University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit”  

College credit granted by University of Phoenix. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.

Puerto Rico: University of Phoenix operates under a renewal license granted by the Puerto Rico Council on Education.

South Carolina: Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. South Carolina Campus: 1001 Pinnacle Point Dr., Columbia, SC 29223.

Tennessee: Knoxville Campus: 10133 Sherrill Blvd., Ste. 120, Knoxville, TN 37932. Memphis Campus: 65 Germantown Ct., Ste. 100, Cordova, TN 38018; Nashville Campus: 616 Marriott Dr., Ste. 150, Nashville, TN 37214; Chattanooga Learning Center: 1208 Pointe Centre Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37421. Clarksville Learning Center: 141 Chesapeake Dr., Clarksville, TN 37040; Murfreesboro Learning Center: 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

Virginia: University of Phoenix is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).  Virginia Beach Learning Center 150 Central Park Avenue Virginia Beach, VA, 23462.

University of Phoenix also maintains voluntary memberships with numerous organizations, including: 


  • American Council on Education®
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation®
  • Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher Education
  • Educause
  • League for Innovation
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technologies

College extension:

  • ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • International Society for Technology in Education

Advanced studies:

  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • International Leadership Association


  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • American Accounting Association
  • American Institution of Certified Public Accountants
  • Arizona Quality Alliance
  • Manufacturing Institute
  • National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
  • Project Management Institute
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Criminal justice:

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Correctional Association
  • American Jail Association
  • ASIS International
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
  • Police Executive Research Forum


  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Information systems and technology:

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Natural sciences:

  • American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration


  • Arizona Nurses Association
  • California Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Social sciences:

  • Center for Credentialing and Education
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Standards in Human Services Education
  • National Board for Certified Counselors International
  • National Organization for Human Services

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Council for Higher Education Accreditation is a registered trademark of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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