Academic Accreditation

Canisius University is accredited by numerous national organizations. These accreditations serve as testament to the excellent quality of a Canisius education. These accreditations include:

Middle States

Canisius University is an accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education:

1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801
(267) 284-5011

The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Full accreditation of all educator preparation programs in the School of Education and Human Services was obtained through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2017.


Canisius is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Canisius University are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.


The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The college has held this distinction of excellence since 1977. AASCB is earned by the best business schools in the world, and only 5 percent of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International Accreditation. To find out more about AACSB, contact them at 777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602 (813-769‐6500).

Program Accreditations

In addition to these, several of our programs have been certified as meeting a high level of excellence by their respective professional societies.  These accredited programs include:

Program Accrediting Body
Chemistry ACS
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling CACREP
500 Montogmery Street, Suite 350
Alexandria, VA 22314
Physician Assistant Studies ARC-PA
3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345
Suwanee, GA 30024

Please contact the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness to obtain or review available documentation.