How to Check An Online Program is Accredited or Not
Find and Verify a School's Overall Accreditation Online
There are two levels of accreditation – institutional, which applies to an entire college or university, and specialized, referring to specific programs or schools focusing on certain disciplines.
Check for Regional Versus National Accreditation
Prospective students researching online colleges' institutional accreditation might also look into whether the school has regional or national accreditation, if that information is relevant to their career or educational goals, Eaton says.
Depending on the field, employers – or other schools, should a student pursue a higher-level degree – might prefer that an online degree program also has specialized, or programmatic, accreditation.