Accreditations & Recognitions


U.S. News Best Online Graduate Programs

Quinnipiac University is consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report in their annual Best Online Programs surveys. Highlights of the 2021 rankings include:

  • The School of Business was ranked #29 in the nation in the Best Online Master's in Business Programs category, with special distinctions for faculty credentials (#11 nationwide) and services and technologies available to students (#9 nationwide).
  • The School of Business was also ranked #45 in the nation among the Best Online MBA programs, including the honor of being the top rated online MBA program in Connecticut.
  • The School of Nursing ranked #92 in its first year of eligibility for the Best Online Master's in Nursing programs, including the distinction of the #15 highest rated faculty in the country.

Princeton Review Best Business Schools

The Princeton Guidebook ranked Quinnipiac University's School of Business as an outstanding school in its 2019 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 295 Business Schools." To be eligible for this honor, a school must meet Princeton Review's standards for academic excellence and receive favorable rankings from the AACSB and its own students.

Military Friendly® School

Quinnipiac University was recognized as an official Military Friendly® School for 2019-20, and was ranked #1 nationwide among private institutions offering doctoral programs. Each year, Victory media awards this recognition to establishments that have made significant efforts to provide transitioning veterans with the information & resources that they need to succeed after service.

Best Colleges for Veterans

As a proud Military Friendly® School, Quinnipiac University is honored to be ranked #1 in Connecticut and #10 nationally in the 2020 Military Times "Best For Vets: Colleges" report.


AACSB International

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the hallmark of excellence in business education. AACSB International requires universities to create and continually evolve their business programs based on strict standards. Less than five percent of the world's business programs hold this recognition. Quinnipiac University has been accredited by the AACSB since 2000 and was awarded an extension in 2015.

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association (ABA) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for J.D. programs in the United States. The ABA requires universities to uphold a rigorous curriculum that prepares graduates to become effective, ethical, and responsible participants in the legal profession. Quinnipiac University is one of only 205 schools in the country to hold this accreditation.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

The Quinnipiac University School of Education is nationally accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, through the CAEP accreditation system. The NCATE standards ensure programs are designed to produce caring educators committed to enhancing the quality of education they provide, and is recognized as a professional accrediting body by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Programs offered through the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The CCNE supports and encourages continual self-assessment by nursing programs throughout the country to support the growth and improvement of these programs.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

On March 22, 2017, Quinnipiac University became an institutional participant in the SARA initiative and an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education is the portal agency for administration of SARA in Connecticut and is responsible for the resolution of out-of-state students’ complaints against SARA institutions located in Connecticut.

New England Commission of Higher Education

Quinnipiac University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), an accreditation body committed to maintaining the highest academic standards for all levels of education. Since 1885, the NECHE (formerly NEASC) has built its accreditation around the principles of self-study, peer review and follow-up to ensure an institutional commitment to improvement and compliance with established qualitative standards.