Accreditation & Approvals

California Miramar University is currently accredited directly by the United States Department of Education. CMU is also accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purposes of accreditation are to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.

About the United States Department of Education

In December of 2016, California Miramar University signed a Provisional Program Participation Agreement with the United States Department of Education.  CMU has been granted 18 months accredited recognition by the Department provided it makes continuous progress toward accreditation with an agency recognized by the Department of Education.  California Miramar University has met all the time lines with the Department and expects additional accreditation with a recognized agency within the allotted 18 month time line.


ACICS currently accredits more than 800 institutions throughout the United States and more than a dozen foreign countries enrolling over 800,000 students.

Founded in 1912, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) is one of the longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

As of December 12, 2016 ACICS is no longer recognized by the United States Department of Education (DoE).  As outlined above, the DoE has granted CMU-18 months of Accreditation from December 12, 2016 (until May 12, 2018), to gain new accreditation with an accrediting agency recognized by the DoE.  If CMU does not obtain accreditation by May 12, 2018, the University would no longer be eligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds.  CMU is on track to gain recognized DoE accreditation by December, 2017.

Doctor of Business Administration / DBA Program

While the Doctor of Business Administration / DBA program is approved through ACICS, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation only recognize ACICS’ scope of accreditation through the Master’s degree level.  The new accreditation CMU is pursuing is recognized through the Professional Doctorate level by the United States Department of Education.

State of California Approval

California Miramar University is a private institution and is approved to operate in the State of California by The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009.

Approval to operate means compliance with minimum state standards as set forth in California Education Code (CEC). The Bureau can be reached at: P.O. Box 980818, Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, Phone: 916.574.7774. Website:

A student or any member of the public who has any unanswered questions or complaints may contact and/or file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling Toll Free: 888-370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s web site.

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