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Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462

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ACBSP Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 

ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education that supports, celebrates and rewards teaching excellence. The association embraces teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP also acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching.

Accreditation by the ACBSP affirms our commitment to continuous academic quality improvement through its rigorous affirmation process. Among other qualities, ACBSP accreditation means that our faculty come to the classroom with real-world experience, programs reflect current realities and skills required in the business world, and student support services reflect the latest support strategies to ensure success in these programs:

  • Associate of Science in Business Administration (evening/online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (evening/online)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Management and Leadership

There are approximately 2,900 institutions of higher education that have business administration, finance, management and marketing. Many institutions also have specialized areas of study such as human resource management, management information systems and public administration that are part of a business academic unit and considered to be business-related curricula.

Learn more about the ACBSP

Specific programs at Cardinal Stritch University are also accredited by:

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

655 K Street, NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 887-6791

The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.

Kellner College of Education, Literacy and Leadership
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

State Authorization

Federal and state regulations require that all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws affecting the delivery of distance education degrees, programs and courses. Cardinal Stritch University joins over 1,300 other private and public institutions that participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)  which establishes a state-level reciprocity process that supports the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people. Stritch participation in SARA is administered by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) .

If licensure is required in your state, you must check with your state agency to determine if the Cardinal Stritch University program will satisfy the eligibility requirements.

States participating in SARA .

Students residing in these states are eligible to enroll in fully online curricula, but there are different conditions for each state that may restrict eligibility for certain sorts of additional instructional experiences (such as clinical or internships) in a few of our programs.

Cardinal Stritch University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108 651-642-0567