Accreditation & Approval

Institutional Accreditation and Approval

Towson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to award undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition, certificates are awarded at the post-baccalaureate and post-master’s levels. Towson University’s accreditation was reaffirmed by MSCHE on November 17, 2011, following an extensive self-study process and site visit. Towson University has been accredited by MSCHE since 1949.
Accreditation is the educational community’s means of self-regulation through quality assurance and improvement. The accrediting process is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. MSCHE is the regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
Phone: 267-284-5000

View Towson University’s Statement of Accreditation Status.

Maryland Higher Education Commission

The Maryland Higher Education Commission coordinates the growth and development of post-secondary education in Maryland. In keeping with the goals outlined in the State Plan for Higher Education, the commission establishes statewide policies for public and private colleges and universities, and for private career schools. The commission reviews and approves the start-up and continuation of new colleges and universities in Maryland, as well as requests for new academic programs at established schools. Towson University was chartered in the State Constitution as the State Normal School in 1865. Because it was in place prior to the creation of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, it is an “established school.” Towson University has sought and received approval for all programmatic offerings.

Program Accreditation and Approval

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education* accredits programs in occupational therapy. Towson University’s master’s program has been accredited since 1978. The program was reaccredited in 2012.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology* accredits professional programs. The doctoral program in audiology has been accredited since 2001 and was reaccredited in 2012. The master’s program in speech-language pathology has been accredited since 1991 and was reaccredited in 2011.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education* accredits undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The undergraduate nursing program has been accredited since 2001. The program was reaccredited in 2011. Graduate level programs have been accredited since 2004. The graduate programs were reaccredited in 2009.

The Maryland Board of Nursing has approved the registered nursing program.

The Maryland State Department of Education has approved programs leading to teacher licensure.

The Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accrediation Council accredits master's degree programs.   The Psychology program with a Counseling concentration was accredited in 2016.

The National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation* accredits academic units. The Department of Dance has been accredited since 1982 and was last reaccredited in 2015.

The National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation* accredits academic units. The Department of Music has been accredited since 1974 and was last reaccredited in 2015.

The National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation* accredits academic units. The department has been accredited since 2003 and was last reaccredited in 2009.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education* accredits undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers and other school personnel. Towson University’s programs have been accredited since 1954 and were last reaccredited in 2015.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredits undergraduate and graduate programs in business and accounting. Towson University’s programs were initially accredited in 1992 and were last reaccredited in 2013.

The Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Athletic Training accredits entry-level education programs. Towson University’s program has been accredited since 1999 and was last reaccredited in 2009.

The ABET (Computing Accreditation Commission), formerly known as the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology, accredits undergraduate programs in computer science. Towson University’s computer science program has been accredited since 1994 and was reaccredited in 2012.

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accrediting Commission accredits undergraduate and graduate programs. Towson University’s programs have been accredited since 2011 and were last reaccredited in 2016.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. accredits entry-level physician assistant programs. Towson University’s program has been accredited since 1972 and was last reaccredited in 2015.


Towson University is a member of the University System of Maryland, which includes 12 institutions, two regional centers and a system office. The system is governed by a 17- member Board of Regents, appointed by the Governor of Maryland.

* Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

State Authorization

Towson University has approval from a number of states to offer coursework to residents of that state when the student is not in residence in Maryland. The state authorization process is complex and constantly changing due to the regulatory requirements in each state and the fee structures associated with approval.

Approvals for coursework are typically sought for the ability to offer online courses/programs and approval to offer courses with a physical presence in the student’s home state of residence.

Towson University has also been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  This is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance (online) education.

The current status of state authorizations by state follows:

State Approval to Offer Online Courses/Programs Approval to Offer Onsite Coursework (Practicum, Internships, Independent Studies, etc.)
Alabama Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Alaska Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Arizona Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Arkansas Yes SARA Yes SARA1
California Yes Yes2
Colorado Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Connecticut Yes Yes
Delaware Yes Yes3
District of Columbia Yes Yes7
Florida Yes Yes4
Georgia Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Hawaii Yes No
Idaho Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Illinois Yes SARA Yes SARA1
 Indiana Yes SARA Yes SARA1
 Iowa Yes SARA Yes SARA1
 Kansas Yes SARA Yes SARA1
 Kentucky Yes No
Louisiana Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Maine Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Massachusetts Yes No
Michigan Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Minnesota Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Mississippi Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Missouri Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Montana Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Nebraska Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Nevada Yes SARA Yes SARA1
New Hampshire Yes SARA Yes SARA1
New Jersey Yes Yes5
New Mexico Yes SARA Yes SARA1
New York Yes Yes6
North Carolina Yes No
North Dakota Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Ohio Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Oklahoma Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Oregon Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Pennsylvania Yes Yes
Puerto Rico No No
Rhode Island Yes SARA Yes SARA1
South Carolina Yes Yes
South Dakota Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Tennessee Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Texas Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Utah Yes No
Vermont Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Virginia Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Washington Yes SARA Yes SARA1
West Virginia Yes SARA Yes SARA1
Wisconsin No No
Wyoming Yes SARA Yes SARA1

1. Placement of no more than ten students from an individual academic program may be placed simultaneously at one clinical or practicum site.
2. All supervision is provided by the site. TU faculty will not travel to California to oversee any portion of the student experience.
3. Occ Therapy (MS), Spch Lang Path (MS), Aud (AuD), Occ Sci (ScD) at specific sites only. Other clinical placement sites for programs outside of these areas do not require approval.
4. All supervision is provided by the site. TU faculty will not travel to Florida to oversee any portion of the student experience.                                                                                                 5. Don't pay supervisors and no group meetings.  
6. NY is in process of changing regulations- this only applied through November - Check back monthly. Speech Lang and Occupational Therapy OK. Other licensed areas require additional approval. Contact AVP.
7. Excludes nursing and teacher education placements.

Contact Information for Student Complaint Processes

Out-of-state students enrolled in online courses can contact the higher education agency in their home state with questions, comments, or complaints. 

The following list includes contact information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The information below should not be construed as informative of what agencies regulate Towson University or in what states the university is licensed or required to be licensed. States, through the relevant agencies or offices of the Attorney General, will accept complaints from their residents regardless of whether an institution is required to be licensed in that state.

Alabama:                                                                                                                             Alabama Commission on Higher Education                                                                                 P.O. Box 302000, Montgomery, AL 36130-2000                                                             

Alaska:                                                                                                                                             Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education                                                                         P.O. Box 110505, Juneau, AK 99811-0505                                                                       

Alaska Office of Attorney General                                                                                                 Consumer Protection Unit                                                                                                               1031 W. Fourth Avenue, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501                                                                                                                                               

Arizona:                                                                                                                                           Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education                                                           1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260                                                                                       Phoenix, AZ 85007                                                                                                             

Arkansas:                                                                                                                                          Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board                                                                           Arkansas Department of Higher Education                                                                                   114 East Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201                                                                                                                                                                          

Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education                                                                         501 Woodlane, Suite 312S, Little Rock, AR 72201                                                             

California:                                                                                                                                       California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education                                                                 P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818                                                        

Colorado:                                                                                                                                         Colorado Department of Higher Education                                                                                   1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202                                                                 

Connecticut:                                                                                                                                     Connecticut Department of Higher Education                                                                               61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105-2326                                                                 

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 110, Hartford CT 06106
Consumer Complaint Hotline: (800) 842-2649

Delaware:                                                                                                                                     Delaware Higher Education Office
Carvel State Office Building, 5th Floor
820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801-3509

Delaware Attorney General
Consumer Protection Wilmington
820 N. French Street, 5th floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

District of Columbia:                                                                                                                   District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Education Licensure Commission
810 First Street, NE
9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002

Florida:                                                                                                                                             Florida Commission on Independent Education                                                                           325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400   

Georgia:                                                                                                                                         Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 E Exchange Place #220, Tucker, GA 30084-5334

Hawaii:                                                                                                                                           Hawaii State Board of Education                                                                                                   P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804

Idaho:                                                                                                                                             Idaho State Board of Education
Attn: State Coordinator for Private Colleges and Proprietary Schools
650 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037

Illinois:                                                                                                                                           Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701-1404
Institutional Complaint Hotline: (217) 557-7359

Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street, Springfield, IL 62777 (email)

Illinois Attorney General
Consumer Fraud Bureau
500 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706
Consumer Fraud Hotline: (800) 243-0618

Indiana:                                                                                                                                         Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education
Attn: Director of Regulatory Compliance
302 W. Washington Street, Room E201, Indianapolis IN 46204

Iowa:                                                                                                                                             Iowa Student Aid Commission
603 E. 12th Street
5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319

Kansas:                                                                                                                                         Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson Street
Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368

Kentucky:                                                                                                                                     Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr #320, Frankfort, KY 40601-7512

Kentucky Board of Proprietary Education
911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601-3319

Office of the Attorney General
Capitol Suite 118, 700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601-3449

Louisiana:                                                                                                                         Louisiana Board of Regents
P.O. Box 3677
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3677

Maine                                                                                                                                     Maine Department of Education
Complaint Investigator
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Maine Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Maryland:                                                                                                                        Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Maryland Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Consumer Protection Hotline: (410) 528-8662

Massachusetts:                                                                                                          Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place
Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108

Michigan:                                                                                                                          Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
Office of Postsecondary Services
Proprietary School Unit Staff
201 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913

Minnesota:                                                                                                                      Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227 (email)

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
1400 Bremer Tower
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Mississippi:                                                                                                                     Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453

Mississippi Commission of Proprietary Schools and College Registration
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453

Consumer Protection Division
Office of the Attorney General
State of Mississippi
P.O. Box 22947
Jackson, MS 39225-2947 (email)

Missouri:                                                                                                                                          Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469

Montana:                                                                                                                          Montana Board of Regents
Office of Commissioner of Higher Education
Montana University System
2500 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201

Montana Office of Consumer Protection
2225 11th Avenue
P.O. Box 200151
Helena, MT 59620-0151

Nebraska:                                                                                                                         Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005

Nebraska Department of Education
Investigations Office
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 98987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Nebraska Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
2115 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Consumer Protection Hotline: (800) 727-6432

Nevada:                                                                                                                               Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
3663 East Sunset Road
Suite 202
Las Vegas, NV 89120

New Hampshire:                                                                                                                       New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission
3 Barrell Court #300
Concord, NH 03301-8531

New Jersey:                                                                                                                     New Jersey Commission on Higher Education                                              

P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza
P.O. Box 110
Trenton, NJ 08625-0110

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102

New Mexico:                                                                                                                           New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo
Santa Fe, NM 87505

New York:                                                                                                                               New York Office of College and University Evaluation
New York State Education Department
5 North Mezzanine
Albany, NY 12234

New York Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision
New York State Education Department
99 Washington Avenue, Room 1613 OCP
Albany, NY 12234

New York State Department of State
Division of Consumer Protection
Consumer Assistance Unit
5 Empire State Plaza – Suite 2101
Albany, NY 12223-1556

North Carolina:                                                                                                                     North Carolina Community College System Office of Proprietary Schools
200 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

North Carolina Consumer Protection
Attorney General’s Office
Mail Service Center 9001
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001

North Dakota:                                                                                                                       North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education
State Capitol – 15th Floor
600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 270
Bismarck, ND 58505-0610

North Dakota Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General
Gateway Professional Center
1050 E Interstate Avenue, Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503-5574

Ohio:                                                                                                                                        Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
35 East Gay Street, Suite 403
Columbus, OH 43215-3138

Ohio Board of Regents
30 East Broad Street, 36th floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3414

Ohio Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section
30 E. Broad St., 14th floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3400

Oklahoma:                                                                                                                          Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway
Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Oklahoma State Board of Private Vocational Schools
3700 Classen Boulevard
Suite 250
Oklahoma City, OK 731182864

Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Unit
Attn: Investigative Analyst
313 NE 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oregon:                                                                                                                                Oregon Office of Degree Authorization
1500 Valley River Drive
Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401

Oregon Department of Education
Private Career Schools Office
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203

Oregon Attorney General
Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section
1162 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096

Pennsylvania:                                                                                                                Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Office of Attorney General
Bureau of Consumer Protection
14th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Puerto Rico:                                                                                                                           Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
P.O. Box 1900
San Juan, PR

Puerto Rico Department of Justice
P.O. 9020192
San Juan, PR

Rhode Island:                                                                                                                        Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
Shepard Building
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Rhode Island Department of Attorney General
Consumer Protection Unit
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

South Carolina:                                                                                                                       South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1333 Main Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201

South Dakota:                                                                                                                         South Dakota Board of Regents
306 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545

South Dakota Office of Attorney General
Division of Consumer Protection
1302 E. Highway 14 Suite 3
Pierre SD 57501-8053

Tennessee:                                                                                                                        Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway
Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243

Texas:                                                                                                                                     Texas Workforce Commission
Career Schools and Colleges – Room 226-T
101 East 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778-0001

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78752

Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548

Utah:                                                                                                                                         Utah Division of Consumer Protection
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Vermont:                                                                                                                               Vermont Department of Education
State Board of Education
Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

Vermont Attorney General’s Office
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1001

Virginia:                                                                                                                                    State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th Street.
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219

Washington:                                                                                                                   Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
917 Lakeridge Way
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
128 10th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 43105
Olympia, WA 98504-3105 (instructions)

Washington State Office of the Attorney General
1125 Washington Street SE
P.O. Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504-0100 (email) (complaint form)

West Virginia:                                                                                                                          West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston WV 25301-2800

Community and Technical College System of West Virginia
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston WV 25301

West Virginia Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 1789
Charleston, WV 25326-1789

Wisconsin:                                                                                                                       Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
30 W. Mifflin Street, 9th Floor
P.O. Box 8696
Madison, WI 53708

Wyoming:                                                                                                                        Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050

Attorney General’s Office
123 Capitol Building
200 W. 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002