Accreditation Policy

While National Accreditation is common for traditional U.S. institutions of higher learning, utilizing standard teaching methods, we note that every country has its own standards and independent accrediting organizations. Accreditation is a voluntary process and does not guarantee a worthy education. Rather, it means an institution has submitted its courses, programs, budget, and educational objectives for review. CIU’s Distance Learning Programs are unique, non-traditional and not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. This may be a determining factor for those individuals interested in pursuing certain disciplines requiring State licensing, (such as law, teaching, or medicine). It is recommended that you consider the importance of National Accreditation for your specific field or profession and make your decision accordingly. Although Cambridge International University’s individualized Distance Learning Degree Programs, are distinct from traditional educational institutions, we are convinced of their value and acceptance worldwide. Non-traditional programs are important because they recognize knowledge gained outside the classroom and incorporate a broader more comprehensive view of the learning experience. It is precisely this recognition and view that challenges the established Academic Community. Many great institutions are unaccredited. We invite you to compare our programs and philosophy with traditional classroom-based programs to determine which is best suited to your needs and budget.


Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. CIU is incorporated in the state of Delaware. As a University based in the US, CIU meets all state and federal laws of the United States. There is no distinction between the programs offered through CIU and those of traditional campus based programs with regards to the following: your degree, transcript and other graduation documents from CIU follow the same standard used by all US colleges and universities. CIU graduation documents can include an apostille and authentication from the US Department of State to facilitate their use internationally. Authentication from the US Department of State is a process that will ultimately bind a letter signed by the US Secretary of State (permanently with a metal ring) to your graduation documents. Cambridge International University is fully accredited and recognized by:

International Universities & Colleges Network

International Universities & Colleges Network is a non-profit , non-governmental, non-bias organization which server as unique platform for high ranking international universities & colleges to unite & share ideas and values for the betterment of adult learners. IUCN operates from its Headquarters in Washington DC. It has branch offices in New Jersey and Dallas in the United States. IUCN President Dr.Gerald Hudson quoted that IUCN mission is to build an international guild for the international universities and colleges to promote higher learning with co-operation with all members. Cambridge International University is proud to be a part of IUCN-USA.

American Good Academic Practice

American Good Academic Practice or (AGAP) has a membership of over 700 schools, colleges, universities, and theological seminaries in 40 United States and 20 countries of the world. It is the world’s 3rd largest non-governmental accrediting body. Global Adult Education Forum GAEF, North America Is an independent professional body operating in North America. GAEF operating as international organization dedicated for adult education worldwide.

U.S Academy for Academic Standards USAAS, Washington D.C

USSAS, Washington D.C, USSAS vision is to be the premier independent organization, with a global reach, committed to excellence and best practice in learning through innovative and well established techniques & technologies.

International Distance Education Council

IDEC, British Columbia, Canada IDEC is an independent membership based,non-profit establishment dedicated to develop human capital for international growth via distance education.

WAOU Worlld Alliance of Online Universities, New York

WAOU officially recognized by the UNESCO as a global non governmental organization responsible for the field of open and distance learning

Common Questions about Accreditation

Is Cambridge International University accredited by an accreditor approved by the US Department of Education?

Response: Cambridge International University is not accredited by an accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Such approval is a voluntary process, and in fact, the U.S. Department of Education states that accreditation itself is a voluntary process. There is no mandate by federal law for a School, College or University to be accredited. Many good schools are not accredited. Also, each accreditor has their own unique standards and, thus, there is no national consistency in institutional accreditation. Accreditation in the United States is awarded by non-US governmental agencies. Again, accreditation is strictly a voluntary option in the United States and many high-quality, legitimate and legal Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education operate today without accreditation. “The United States has no Federal Ministry of Education or other centralized authority exercising single national control over postsecondary educational institutions in this country. The States assume varying degrees of control over education, but, in general, institutions of higher education are permitted to operate with considerable independence and autonomy. As a consequence, American educational institutions can vary widely in the character and quality of their programs. In order to insure a basic level of quality, the practice of accreditation arose in the United States as a means of conducting non-governmental, peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs. Private educational associations of regional or national scope have adopted criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound educational program and have developed procedures for evaluating institutions or programs to determine whether or not they are operating at basic levels of quality.” (U.S. Dept Education website)

Will employers accept degrees which are not accredited by an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education?

Response: Each employer has its prerogative as to what types of educational credentials it will or will not accept for each particular job or position. Employers basically have a right to define qualifications for jobs. If there is a concern as to whether a current employer will accept or not accept such degrees, the student or prospective student should approach the employer about this issue or concern.

Does an accredited degree guarantee that I will have a great learning experience in my program? What about the transfer of my credits to other schools?

Response: No. Accreditation does not guarantee learning. Learning is an individual experience and the outcomes of the process are varied and individual. Accreditation does not guarantee a particular level of learning of any higher learning institution. Each school basically develops its own policies/procedures for the acceptance of transfer credits and/or acceptance of degrees for entry into other degree programs. Each student must obtain information regarding requirements if they plan to pursue higher education. Here is what the U.S. Department of Education has published on their website regarding transfer of credits:

“Accreditation does not provide automatic acceptance by an institution of credit earned at another institution, nor does it give assurance of acceptance of graduates by employers. Acceptance of students or graduates is always the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer. For these reasons, besides ascertaining the accredited status of a school or program, students should take additional measures to determine, prior to enrollment, whether or not their educational goals will be met through attendance at a particular institution. These measures should include inquiries to institutions to which transfer might be desired or to prospective employers and, if possible, personal inspection of the institution at which enrollment is contemplated.” (Reference: U.S. Department of Education Website).

Cambridge International University does not make any guarantees that credits awarded by the University will be accepted as transfer credits to other schools. If credit transfer is your goal, then we suggest you to contact the university you wish to transfer your credits and ascertain their policies for transferring credits.

My state requires that I pass an exam to obtain a state license to practice my desired profession. Will a degree that is accredited by an accreditor that does not have approval by the U.S. Department of Education be acceptable as meeting the requirements for licensing or taking a licensing examination?

Response: This question can only be answered by the States themselves. Thus, it is up to each individual student or prospective student to contact their own state’s licensing board and ascertain that information. If licensing or a particular certification is your goal, then you are strongly urged to contact your own state or other government board or agency to ascertain their requirements before enrolling into a program of study.

If I am a graduate living outside of the USA, am I able to get an Apostille Certification of my degree from Cambridge International University?

Response: Yes. At the time of your graduation, if you require an Apostille certification, we provide you with full information for contacts to an agency in the United States that will obtain the Apostille for you.


mast_youngcoupleCredit Accumulation Transfer Scheme

The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) provides a framework where, in consultation with academic council/ board members of the Cambridge International University, USA you can choose your own combination courses and vary the time you devote to study to match your personal needs. Your study can concentrate on one area chosen from a wide range of subjects or can combine different subjects. Your professional or personal requirements may be, for example, to combine specialist education courses with management; health courses with law and ethics; science courses with engineering; design courses with computing; or it may be predominantly within one area. Your program should not, however, repeat work that you covered in your first academic qualifications. The Academic Council/ board of the university will be pleased to help you plan your courses and prepare your personal program of study. CATS also enables you to choose the amount of time you want to devote to study. You can spend as little as 2-4 hours at the study desk each week and spread your study over a number of months or you can study extra hours if you’re considered your self as slow learner. The academic awards available through CATS are: post- graduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, and Master’s degree (MA, MBA, or MSc), each with a little appropriate to your study program. In addition, if you have relevant qualifications or experience, these may be accredited towards ( Please see our Accredited Prior Learning page) your award and if you are already part way towards a postgraduate award you may be able to transfer with credit to the University’s CAT Scheme. Having started CATS program, should you be unable to complete all of your studies, (e.g. you were hospitalized,) you will be able to take with your certification of the credit you have achieved for the courses you have completed.