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About MSMU


Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) has been continually accredited since 1952 by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the University was last reviewed in 2013. WSCUC accreditation encompasses the entire institution, including all degree programs.

According to WSCUC, accreditation is a voluntary process of self-regulation that aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and distinguishes an institution as having met agreed upon standards of quality and effectiveness. Reviews occur every 10 years and includes an in-depth self-study, followed by an on-campus visit by a team of peer reviewers. With each cycle of review, MSMU gracefully receives the opportunity to be recognized for the outstanding work that has been done, while also pressing forward to engage in appropriate actions for growth and development. You may view our Statement of Accreditation Status by visiting

Additionally, though WSCUC accreditation blankets the University as a whole, the following special commissions and boards have accredited specific programs at MSMU: the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Educations, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

If you would like more information about accreditation and its process, feel free to contact Michele A. Starkey, Associate Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO).

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Elizabeth Sturgeon, PhD
Director of Assessment and ALO