West Chester University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5011). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of six institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. West Chester University's accreditation with Middle States began in 1946, and our accreditation has been continuously reaffirmed since that time.

In addition to MSCHE, the following West Chester University programs are accredited by specialized or national organizations. For copies of the most recent accreditation letters, please contact Dr. Stefanie Schwalm, Associate Provost for Accreditation, Assessment, and Planning at Stefanie Schwalm or 610-436-3444.

College of Arts and Humanities

Graphic and Interactive Design, Studio Art, BFA

Accreditation Agency:
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248

Theatre, BA

Accreditation Agency:
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248

College of Business and Public Management

Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, BS; Business, MBA; Human Resource Management, MS

Accreditation Agency:
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
777 S. Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602

Urban and Environmental Planning, BS

Accreditation Agency:
Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)
2334 W. Lawrence Avenue, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60625

Public Administration, MPA

Accreditation Agency:
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
1029 Vermond Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

College of Education and Social Work

Clinical Counseling, MS; Higher Education and Student Affairs, MS; School Counseling, MEd

Accreditation Agency:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
1001 N Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314

Educator Preparation Programs

Accreditation Agency:
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) formerly NCATE - National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education 
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20036

Additional information on Specialized Professional Associations

Social Work, BSW and MSW

Accreditation Agency:
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

College of Health Sciences

Nutrition, BS and Dietetic Internship (Certificate)

Accreditation Agency:
Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Exercise Science, BS

Accreditation Agency:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Athletic Training, MS

Accreditation Agency:
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
6850 Austin Center Boulevard, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731-3184

Nursing, BSN, MSN, DNP

Accreditation Agency:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington , DC 20001

Respiratory Care, BS

Accreditation Agency:
Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
777 Cannon Drive
Hurst, TX 76054-4876

Communication Sciences and Disorders, MA

Accreditation Agency:
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Pathology (ASHA)
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

Public Health, MPH

Accreditation Agency:
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Environmental Health, BS

Accreditation Agency:
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC)
PO Box 66057

Burien, WA 98166


Physician Assistant

Accreditation Agency: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)

12000 Findley Road, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the West Chester University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the West Chester University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Wells School of Music

Music Education, BM, MM; Music Performance, BM, MM; Music, BM, MM 

Accreditation Agency:
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

Computer Science, BS

Accreditation Agency:
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
415 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Clinical Psychology, PsyD

Accreditation Agency:
American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA)
750 First St NE
Washington , DC 20002-4242

Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry, BS

Accreditation Agency:
Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)
410 N 21st Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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