Statement of Accreditation Status

Messiah University

  • CEO: Dr. Kim Phipps, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Susan Donat
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Messiah College (June 30, 2020)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1963
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2013
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2027

Contact Information

One University Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

(717) 766-2511

www.messiah.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Postsecondary Certificate (< 1 year) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • September 3, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Postsecondary Certificate (< 1 year) in Undergraduate Certificate of Digital Marketing within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Winding Hill, 401 East Winding Hill Road, Suite 100, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second Doctor's - Professional Practice program (Doctor of Physical Therapy) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • August 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional location at Winding Hill, 401 East Winding Hill Road, Suite 100, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • July 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner Program (DNP-FNP) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at 2026 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121 and to remove the location from the institution's accreditation. To note that this action is not retroactive. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • January 5, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner Program (DNP-FNP) within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon state approval. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • June 27, 2013
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of its self-study report and process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Winding Hill
    401 East Winding Hill Road, Suite 100
    Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
    Opened: 08/29/2017

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