Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Irish American University
    Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Address:
    1 Merrion Square
    Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Phone:
    (302) 793-1101
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Rory McEntegart
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2009
  • Accreditation Granted: 2013
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2018
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) 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:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
European Academy of Fine Arts
ul. Hristo Kovachev 34
Sofia, Bulgaria
Additional Location
Wilmington Site
3001 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE 19703
Additional Location

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • August 26, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at ul. Hristo Kovachev 34, Sofia, 1527, Bulgaria to an additional location within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when the change is implemented. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescindthis actionif any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • August 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary. 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 2026-2027.
  • April 18, 2019
    To correct the address of the branch campus from 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, to 1 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. To include the reclassification of the branch campus located at 1 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, to the main campus within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note notification from the institution has been received. To note that a substantive change site visit is not required as an on-site evaluation team visited the Dublin campus in 2018. To note that the 404 East Savannah Road, Lewes, Delaware, location will not be reclassified and has closed.
  • June 21, 2018
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2023, the institution provide further evidence of (1) improved financial viability and sustainability and (2) financial planning and budget processes that are aligned with mission, goals and objectives and are evidence-based (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • November 20, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the branch campus at 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to approve the reclassification of the additional location at 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, as a branch campus, and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit to the branch campus within six months. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • March 6, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the new main campus at 404 East Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To grant accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to approve the relocation of the main campus from 3001 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703 to 404 East Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958, and to provisionally include the new campus within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The evaluation visit for initial accreditation is scheduled for 2013-2014. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel.
  • July 26, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the institution's request to postpone the evaluation visit and to grant the postponement. The evaluation is now scheduled for 2013-2014. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel.
  • January 3, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to reclassify the main campus at 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, as an additional location, and to reclassify the additional location at 3001 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware 19703 as the main campus. To note that both locations have been visited. The evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-2013. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel.
  • June 23, 2011
    To accept the semi-annual interim report and the consultant’s report and to invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2012-2013. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel.
  • March 3, 2011
    To accept the semi-annual interim report submitted by the institution and the consultant's report. To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To request that the next semi-annual interim report, due April 1, 2011, include updated three-year financial projections. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel.
  • November 18, 2010
    To note the recent visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional location at 3001 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19703, within the scope of the institution's candidate status. To note that the semi-annual interim report due October 1, 2010, has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission after the consultant's visit has been conducted. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but not assured of, accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's policy on international travel.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).