Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Distance Education Programs and Courses Accredited?

Distance education programs and courses are not separately accredited by the Commission on Higher Education. However, they may be included within the scope of an institution’s existing accreditation.

The Commission publishes a policy statement and guidelines for distance education programs to assist institutions when they are considering and developing distance education programs. 

When an institution plans to offer at least 50% of a program through distance education, it must receive advance approval from the Commission to have those programs included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. 

To identify institutions that offer degrees via distance education, consult a commercial directory that may be available at your local bookseller or library.