Accreditations & Approvals


WAU is accredited by:

  • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267-284-5000) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600, 301-680-6000,
  • The National Association of Schools of Music. 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, 703-437-0700,
  • The Bachelor of Social Work program is an off-campus program of Andrews University, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Division of Standards and Education, 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-683-8080,
  • The Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036


WAU is approved by:

  • Maryland Higher Education Commission, 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400, Annapolis, MD 21401-3013, 410-260-4500,
  • The American Music Therapy Association, Inc., 8455 Colesville, Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-589-3300,
  • The WAU Education Department is fully approved through 2023 by the  Maryland State Department of Education, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-767-0100,
  • The programs in education for teacher certification are approved by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Education Ministry from 2014-2020, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, 301-680-6440,


Washington Adventist University is authorized under federal law to:

  • Train veterans
  • Enroll non-immigrant alien students