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Accreditation and Consumer Information

Accreditation

The University of Scranton is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), www.msche.org.  The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on June 27, 2019 was to Reaffirm Accreditation. Click here to view the University's current Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS), which includes summary of recent accreditation activities. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Read more about MSCHE accreditation, here.

In addition to institutional accreditation, a number of the University's academic programs maintain disciplinary accreditations with various agencies. Click the Program Accreditations and Approvals link below to learn more.

The University is pleased to provide this information as part of its response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 1965, as amended. The Act requires institutions receiving Title IV federal financial aid to disclose general information and reports on various policies, procedures, and operations, including data related to student outcomes, student financial assistance, health and safety,  and intercollegiate athletics.  This page is updated each fall, and throughout the year as new content is available. In addition to information required by the HEOA, this page also includes other important disclosures required by federal regulations. Requests for printed copies of disclosures listed here may be made via email at the address below. 

General Information

Student Outcomes Information

Student Financial Assistance Information

Health and Safety Information

Intercollegiate Athletics Information

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV, federal student financial assistance program, and have an intercollegiate athletic program, to prepare an annual report to the Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men's and women's teams.

Professional Licensure Disclosures

Effective July 1, 2024, updated federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to determine and disclose whether academic programs that lead to professional licensure or certification meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in its own state, and each state/territory in which it is enrolling students in distance education programs. In some cases, institutions may be unable to enroll students from states which it has determined an academic program does not meet that state’s educational requirements for licensure.

The University of Scranton offers several academic programs that prepare students for professional licensure and certification that is required for employment.  States vary in what professions they require to be licensed or certified, the educational requirements for professional licensure or certification, and how licensure or certification is acquired and maintained. These requirements may change over time, and changes may impact the program’s ability to prepare students to meet state requirements.

Students should know that:

  • As the University’s programs are generally designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, completion of a University of Scranton program may not meet education requirements for a license or certification in another state.
  • In addition to educational preparation, some states have additional licensure or certification requirements, which may include an earned degree from an accredited program. Others require individuals to obtain additional coursework, additional fieldwork, background checks, passage of additional state licensing exams, additional fees, or other requirements. 
  • Admission into, or completion of, University of Scranton programs does not guarantee that a student will obtain a license or certification. State professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

Professional Licensure Programs & State by State Determinations

The University of Scranton makes every effort to provide current information about educational requirements for licensure or certification information for relevant programs. Updates to this information will be provided as they become available.

The University has determined that its programs that lead to professional licensure or certification meet requirements within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, the following menu lists each professional licensure program, and the states for which the University has determined the program meets, or does not meet, the educational requirements for licensure at this time. Click each link to view these determinations. Please note:

  • In some cases, there may be states or territories where information about licensure is not in place or not available/applicable.
  • In some cases, due to variance in state requirements, whether our academic programs meet requirements for licensure for students enrolling in programs via distance education may different from on campus programs.
  • For some programs, such as teacher education, state licensure titles and types may be vary and could be unique to a particular state. The University’s education programs are designed to meet the educational licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as guided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Not all states may offer identical or comparable certificates.
  • Students enrolling in the University’s undergraduate and graduate Accounting programs may be interested in pursuing a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) certification or other professional accountancy certifications. The University's undergraduate and graduate Accounting programs provide curriculum helpful to students who may be interested in pursuing these. As these certifications are not generally required by states/territories in order to be employed as an accountant, they are not captured in this disclosure. Click  here to learn more about CPA licensure in Accounting programs.

Academic Professional Licensure Programs:

Bachelor's Degree Programs

  • Nursing, B.S.N (On Campus)
  • Early and Primary Teacher Education, Grades PreK-4, B.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Citizenship with History, Grades 7-12, B.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, English, Grades 7-12, B.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, French, Grades PK-12, B.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Mathematics, Grades 7-12, B.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Physics, Grades 7-12, B.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Spanish, Grades PK-12, B.S. (On Campus)

Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs

  • Occupational Therapy, M.S. (On Campus)

Master's Degree Programs

  • Secondary Education, Biology, Grades 7-12, M.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Chemistry, Grades 7-12, M.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Citizenship with History, Grades 7-12, M.S (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Citizenship with Political Science, Grades 7-12, M.S (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Communication, Grades 7-12, M.S.  (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, English, Grades 7-12, M.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, General Science, Grades 7-12, M.S.  (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Mathematics, Grades 7-12, M.S. (On Campus)
  • Secondary Education, Physics, Grades 7-12, M.S. (On Campus)
  • Special Education, Grades PK-12, M.S. (On Campus)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.; CAGS Advanced Graduate Certificate, (On Campus)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.; CAGS Advanced Graduate Study Certificate (On Campus)
  • School Counseling, M.S.; CAGS Advanced Graduate Study Certificate, (On Campus)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N (On Campus)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N (Online)
  • Advanced Behavioral Analysis (ABA), M.S.; CAGS Advanced Graduate Study Certificate (Online)
  • Speech Language Pathology, M.S. (Online)

Doctoral Programs

  • Nurse Anesthesia, D.N.P. (On Campus)
  • Physical Therapy, D.P.T. (On Campus)
  • Occupational Therapy, O.T.D. (On campus)

Important Reminders for Prospective and Current Students:

  • If your career plans include pursuing professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice by contacting the state’s licensure entity. Students are responsible for reviewing and understanding licensure requirements for any state in which they have interest in pursuing employment.
  • If you are considering enrolling or are enrolled in a program that leads to professional licensure or certification and intend to practice in a state other than Pennsylvania, it is strongly recommended that you review the educational requirements for that state.
  • If you move to a different state for any reason while participating in a program, professional licensure or certification eligibility requirements may differ and the University of Scranton program may or may not meet those requirements. Currently enrolled students are encouraged to contact state licensure entities, or their program director, for additional information.
  • Likewise, students who are considering changing their major program of study are advised to carefully review any licensure requirements and determinations related to their new program, current state, and any state to which they are considering relocating
  • It is highly recommended that international students considering enrollment in a program that leads to professional licensure or certification first confirm with the applicable professional licensing entity in their country of residence and/or country in which they intend to work as to whether the University’s program/degree is formally recognized. This includes, but is not limited to, when seeking licensure, certification, certain types of employment, and/or when enrolling in subsequent educational programs. Currently enrolled students are encouraged to contact their program director for additional guidance.
  • If your program leads to a professional license or certification, an authorization may be required from the state professional licensing board prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. For questions regarding eligibility for enrollment or placements (such as internships or clinical placements) in states other than Pennsylvania, students should contact the director or chair of the program/department for which they are applying. Graduate students may also contact the Office of Graduate Student Services.

The University provides this information in response to Federal Code of Regulations, 34 CFR 668.43, which outlines institutional responsibilities for disclosing professional licensure information by the U.S. Department of Education.

Contact Information

For General Information, or printed copies of the information provided here: 
Office of Planning, Institutional Effectiveness 
Phone: 570-941-6567 
email: kathryn.yerkes@scranton.edu 

The Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness, 800 Linden Street, Scranton PA 18510

For Financial Aid Information:
Office of Financial Aid 
Phone: 1-888-SCRANTON
(570) 941-7701
email: finaid@scranton.edu

Requests for printed disclosures of the consumer information provided above are coordinated by the Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness. Requests may be made by emailing  planning@scranton.edu, or by calling 570-941-6567.