Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations

University Accreditation

Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey is a member of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious body of 62 public and private research institutions.

Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education. The comprehensive, decennial reviews include the preparation of a university-wide self-study and a site visit conducted by a team of external peer educators who report to the MSCHE.  Five years after each decennial review, there is an interim evaluation.  For this assessment, Rutgers University creates a Periodic Review Report (PRR) which is a study of the University in light of any recommendations made during the previous comprehensive evaluation.  

MSCHE - Rutgers Statement of Accreditation Status

2013 Periodic Review Report

2013 Documentation for Compliance with Accreditation - Relevant Federal Regulations


Programs within Rutgers University’s schools and colleges are accredited by the following agencies:

  • AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Library Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
    Planning Accreditation Board
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Professional Licensure

BEFORE applying to a Rutgers program that leads to professional licensure such as Master of Social Work, students must confirm that the Rutgers program (including an online program if applicable) meets the educational requirements in their actual location. Go to the Rutgers program webpages to find the licensing requirements by state or contact Rutgers staff in the program. For state licensing information for Master of Social Work go to

State Authorization

New Jersey

Rutgers University is authorized by the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, P.O. Box 542, Trenton, NJ 08625. 

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Rutgers University was approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) in 2017. SARA is a voluntary agreement between the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all states except California and Massachusetts. SARA establishes comparable standards for offering online courses and programs. As a SARA participant Rutgers has the ability to offer online courses and programs to residents of member states and the District of Columbia.

Because Rutgers is an out-of-state public degree-granting institution, the University is not under the purview of the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Without a physical presence in Massachusetts, the University is not required to obtain authorization from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Therefore, with the program exceptions given below Rutgers may offer online courses and programs to residents of all states and territories.


RN to BSN program: Prospective students residing in Tennessee are excluded from enrolling in the online RN to BSN program. 


RN to BSN program: Prospective students residing in Washington are excluded from enrolling in the online RN to BSN program.