International Division FAQ

Below you will find some frequently asked questions and answers that will help you learn more about the International Division.

The United States has no centralized authority exercising single national control over post-secondary educational institutions. To ensure a basic level of quality, the practice of accreditation arose in the United States as a means of conducting a non-governmental, peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs.

Private educational associations of regional or national scope have adopted criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound educational program. These educational associations have developed procedures for evaluating institutions or programs to determine whether or not they are operating at basic levels of quality.

The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies, as well as maintain a database of accredited universities.

Accreditation is a process of quality assurance and review in which institutions participate, generally on a voluntary basis. Accrediting associations are most often groups of like institutions whose purpose is to establish standards by which appropriate practice can be judged.

Accreditation is a symbol of the quality of an institution's educational programs. It indicates both an institution's compliance with the standards held by accrediting bodies and the reasonable grounds for believing it will continue to meet them.

Regional accreditation is an institutional-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. According to The Higher Learning Commission, this type of accreditation evaluates the institution as a whole, assessing "formal educational activity." It also evaluates governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, institutional resources, student academic achievement, institutional effectiveness and relationships with constituencies inside and outside the institution.

Generally, regional accrediting bodies grant accreditation to an institution as a whole regardless of where it may operate, even locations that fall outside of a regional body's geographic scope. Additionally, the six regional accrediting bodies recognize each other's accreditations.

The U.S. Department of Education maintains a database of accredited post-secondary institutions and programs. To verify University of Phoenix accreditation please visit:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association ( University of Phoenix was granted initial accreditation in 1978 and the accreditation was reaffirmed in 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2013.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor. University of Phoenix obtained its most recent 10-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2012–13. A comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2016–17, and the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation is scheduled for 2022–23. For more information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit

Individual programs are also accredited by relevant specialized accrediting organizations in the United States.

Business accreditation

The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a concentration in Foundations of Business, Bachelor of Science in Business, Master of Business Administration, Master of Management, Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Management programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Nursing accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Teacher education accreditation

The Master of Arts in Education program, with options in Elementary Teacher Education and Secondary Teacher Education, has been approved for initial accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) from December 20, 2007 to December 20, 2013. For additional information, visit

Counseling accreditation

The Master of Science in Counseling program in Community Counseling (Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., campuses) and the Master of Science in Counseling program in Mental Health Counseling (Salt Lake City, Utah locations) are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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A U.S. private university education is expensive. Through University of Phoenix, you can achieve your dream of a U.S. degree completely online without incurring the expense of room and board, travel and lost wages and salaries. When you factor in the value of your time, our online program becomes an even better return on investment.

University of Phoenix accepts transfer course work or “credits” from recognized post-secondary institutions from all over the world. For more details, please consult with your admissions representative regarding the transfer policy. Undergraduate students also have the option of earning “credits” through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). With PLA, undergraduate students can earn credits for professional or language training or certification. These “credits” may be directly applied to the general education requirements of your degree, not the core program.

By creating a portfolio and submitting it to the Prior Learning Assessment center , you will have the opportunity to have your prior work experience assessed for credit.

Our faculty have advanced academic degrees at the master’s or doctoral levels. They also work in the fields they teach, representing some of the best management minds in the United States today. 

When they are not teaching classes, our instructors are executives, supervisors, managers, business owners and professionals. They know what it takes to manage a staff, manufacture a product, market a company, achieve organizational objectives and make a profit. 

At University of Phoenix, our instructors do more than just guide you through the curriculum. They also share the type of practical experience that can give you a competitive edge.

You can complete your undergraduate degree in approximately four years or a shorter time frame depending on the number of previously earned and applicable credits. You can generally earn your graduate degree within 18-24 months.

Your admissions representative will be able to offer you a more accurate evaluation of the time you will need to complete your degree.

University of Phoenix offers continuous enrollment letting you register more frequently throughout the year. This flexibility allows for custom scheduling.

Students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs can complete approximately eight to 10 courses per year (max of 39 credits per 12-month period). Master’s students can complete approximately seven to nine courses per year (max of 33 credits per 12-month period).

Yes, it is possible to take breaks between your courses. You must consult with your academic advisor to do so.

Holiday break—All students have a December holiday break built into their course schedules. Typically, the break will last two weeks, depending on your program. Please ensure you review your schedule on your student website.

Students access their required course material online. This is an effective way of accessing study materials that are required for each course. Your resource fee will vary from undergraduate to graduate coursework. Please consult your representative for specific cost.

Each course varies as to the length of time you will spend studying, logging into the online library for research and preparing your assignments. Bachelor’s degree students can expect to spend about 15-20 hours each week in class, working on learning team assignments and on individual assignments. Master’s degree students should expect to spend an average of about 20-25 hours per week on their coursework.