Regional Accreditation

William Carey University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of William Carey University.

All normal inquiries regarding the operation of the university, including admissions, financial aid, educational programs, and other operational matters should be addressed directly to the university and not to the Commission. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence of significant non-compliance with the requirements or standards for accreditation.


The School of Education at William Carey University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Hattiesburg and Biloxi. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.


The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM) is provisionally accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This is the highest accreditation a college of osteopathic medicine can achieve prior to graduating its first class. Contact the Commission on Osteopathic Colleges at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611 for more information about the accreditation of William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


The Donald and Frances Winters School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The music therapy program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.


The Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, (202-887-6792); by the board of trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi, and approved in New Orleans by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.