Higher Learning Commission

Marian is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency for institutions of higher education based in the North Central region of the United States. Marian was first accredited in 1960 and was reaccredited in 2016. Marian’s reaccreditation validates and evaluates our academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

Marian’s Open Pathway process

Marian’s Assurance for Learning

Along with institutional accreditation, Marian has several accredited programs:

Business has several programs accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Social Work Program is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Teacher Education has several undergraduate and graduate programs accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Marian has several approvals to demonstrate that students receive a quality education. These approvals demonstrate that we are held to programmatic and operational standards. Marian also holds memberships in several educational associations to ensure students a quality educational experience.


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Marian offers several online programs designed with the nontraditional student in mind. Whether you take all online courses or mix online and face-to-face formats, you receive the same Marian University experience.

Marian is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). SARA is an agreement “among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state” (NC-SARA).

States not currently participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement include California, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico. Click on their links to determine their current authorization status.

Contact us regarding our authorization status in your particular state.