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How Much Does Accreditation Matter?

Savvy Community: How Much Does Accreditation Matter?

This question comes from member Taylor350 in the Ask Savvy group.

I am currently pursuing an accounting degree from an internationally accredited program at my university, however, the passion I once had for it in my primary accounting classes is long gone now. I was thinking about pursuing a degree in healthcare management instead, but the program is not accredited. Is it a big deal for the program not to be accredited, and could I still be accepted to a masters program elsewhere that is accredited? I just want to make sure I'm not wasting my time before I change majors!

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HHHB HHHB 6 years
Most masters programs won't accept students if their undergraduate program was not accredited. That being said I am a recent accounting graduate, and work is very different from school so you may like working in the accounting field. Also, there may be a masters in health care management program that will accept you with your accounting undergraduate.
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 6 years
Accreditation is everything if you want to be hired and get raises/promotions at work. There are many employers who won't hire people from certain "colleges" like the university of phoenix, itt tech, kaplan, etc. They don't feel that these institutions prepare and educate people very well, and as a result don't like to hire people who degrees from these institutions. I recommend that you go to a nearby state college at the very least, while a state college is not as prestigious as an Ivy, at least the programs at state colleges are legitimate. I'm not trying to sound like an elitist, I currently am attending a state college. In fact a state college would be ideal because you would have little to no debt by going to a state college, you would be saving money while getting a quality education. I don't believe that prestige is everything, why pay $50k+ for an education when you can get the same education for less at a state college, but you must at least go to a college with accreditation. Also recently there have been reports of grade inflation at the Ivies. A person can go to a state college and build a great career for themselves so you don't really have to go to an Ivy university to have a great life, however its really important that the university is accredited.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I agree -- it's a necessity.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
HUGE DEAL. I wouldn't recommend it. You cannot go on to further education with that degree if there is no accreditation. As others mentioned it will always affect employment, etc.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 6 years
Accreditation is definitely essential if you are planning to go into the field of your degree --- the days of any degree being sufficient are long gone - The name of your school matters, and if its a small school, pointing out to future graduate programs and employers its accreditation and ranking gives you better footing in comparison with candidates from bigger name schools than being forced to admit you got your degree from somewhere that is not accredited. The truth is, if your program isn't accredited, then I want to know if you just bought your degree online - which makes you not only unqualified, but also of questionable moral fiber, because if you're willing to take a shortcut to be prepared for the job you want, what will you be willing to take a shortcut on at the job you're interviewing for?
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
One other thing I forgot to mention, some schools that are not accredited may not not tell students that they may not be able to sit for certain licensure exams. Always check to see if your school or university is up to par with anything you may have to take or transfer your credits elsewhere - I hope that make since.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
Accreditation is very important on a couple of issues. Accreditation means that your school, program and degree have been evaluated and passed a standards and quality test that ensure you’re getting the level of education you’re investing in. There are a couple means of accreditation: national and regional. I work in education and accreditation also depends if you get Federal money or not as well. College accreditation gives the assurance that, as a distance learner, you will be able to attain the same educational outcomes as you would in a traditional classroom-based program. You may, also, want to consider the job you want. There are some employers that want their employees to come from accredited colleges and universities. If you have any other questions, please ask.
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