Accreditation within higher education is a voluntary, nongovernmental process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet established quality standards. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the public as to the quality of an institution and its commitment to high standards through a system of continuous improvement. The U.S. Department of Education formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. Park University has obtained accreditation as well as specialized/programmatic accreditation.

Credits and degrees earned at Park University may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military, federal government, and private sector. For students transferring to other colleges, Park University credit is considered transfer eligible based on its accreditation. However, Park University cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.

If you have questions or need further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs,, 816-584-6219.

Regional Accreditation

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is an accrediting body recognized by the USDE and CHEA. Accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation demonstrates that Park University is focused on academic excellence and providing the best possible educational experience for its students.

Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following web sites:

  • U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 (800) USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 510 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 955-6126
  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 263-0456

As an accredited institution, Park University is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs. In addition, Park University has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.

The undergraduate and graduate business and public administration programs and the Master of Healthcare Administration program in the School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66213 (913-339-9356). The B.S. in Economics degree is not considered to be a business program and is not accredited by ACBSP.

The State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO, 65102 (573-751-3469) has officially approved the academic standards of Park University for teacher education and other school professional programs.

The pre-licensure Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 656, Jefferson City, MO, 65102-0656. The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing – both the RN-to-BSN completion program and the pre-licensure program – is pursuing initial accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and the Master of Social Work (MSW) are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

The Master of Public Administration Program is pursuing accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), 1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC, 200051029.

Accreditation documents are available for review upon request in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Licensure Disclaimer: Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state.  Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state in order to be eligible for a license.  Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.  If you are interested in professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.

CA BPPE Accreditation

The state of California requires institutions to provide specific completion and placement rate information regarding graduates and their employment. Below are fact sheets containing graduation and employment information for each program as calculated based on California requirements. Further graduation and employment information may be available at the school.

2014-15 Performance Fact Sheet

2015-16 Performance Fact Sheet

Click here for the 2015 Annual Report

State Approvals

List of State Approvals

Related Information

U.S. Department of Education: Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs