An institution’s curriculum requirements and academic standards are especially important at the graduate level. CHEA and USDE recognize and deem reputable specialized and professional accreditors for graduate programs. Best practices are shared and developed through affiliation with the Association of Professional and Specialized Accreditors.

Different types of accreditation and accrediting organizations ensure quality education at the graduate school level. One of the more visible specialized and professional accreditors is The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which guarantees the quality of business schools and master’s of business administration programs.

Students pursuing a graduate degree in education and the mandatory teaching certification should consider programs also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Keep reading: Regional Accreditation, National Accreditation, and Transferring Credits