Accreditation & Student Outcomes

Accreditation & Student Outcomes

The American College of Financial Services is accredited by:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267-284-5000) 
www.msche.org 

The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. The MSCHE assures students and the public of the educational quality of higher education. Its accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.

The American College of Financial Services has been accredited by the Middle States Commission since 1978.

Student Outcomes Through December 2019

The American College of Financial Services has offered professional designations in the financial services field since it first began offering the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designation in 1927. The College has offered graduate degree programs since 1977 and currently offers two masters and a doctoral degree program.

Solomon S. Huebner School (Undergraduate Studies)

The Huebner School offers six professional designation programs for individuals working in the financial services industry and an educational program qualifying students to sit for CFP Board’s national certification exam. Students may take a single course, a full program, or multiple programs according to their individual preferences. Program completion rates reflect those student preferences as well as the rigorous nature of the coursework.

  • Huebner School designation programs range in scope from 3 to 8 courses. Aggregate designation completion rates vary by designation from 26.4 percent to 55.3 percent for students who entered The American College between 2012 and 2014.1
  • The overall completion rate for all Huebner School designation programs was 34.9 percent for the same period of time.1
  • Between 2014 and 2019, the CFP® certification exam pass rate for students who have completed The American College’s CFP® education program exceeded the national average for all other providers by an average of 11.1 percentage points.

Irwin Graduate School

Admission to The American College’s graduate degree programs requires advanced professional experience in addition to collegiate studies. Graduation rates reflect the expertise of students accepted into these programs as well as the rigorous nature of the coursework.

  • The Master of Science in Management (MSM) had an aggregate graduation rate of 95.1 percent for students who enrolled in the program between 2013 and 2017.2
  • The Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) had an aggregate graduation rate of 62.5 percent for students who enrolled between 2008 and 2012.2
  • The completion rate for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) was 65.9 percent for students who enrolled between 2012 and 2014.2
  • As of November 2019, The American College had awarded 13 PhDs.

General College Information

  • Between 2015 and 2019, 26.5 percent of designations and 29.1 percent of graduate degrees were awarded to women.
  • Nearly 100 percent of The American College’s students are employed in the financial services industry at the time they enroll.

 

1 Designation program completion rates are calculated annually based on a 5-year period from the year of enrollment. The overall completion rate for the Huebner School was calculated as a 3-year average across all designation programs.
2 The MSM is an accelerated, cohort-based program that takes approximately 18 months to complete. MSM graduation rates are calculated based on a 2-year period from the year of enrollment. MSFS graduation rates are calculated based on a 7-year period from the year of enrollment.
3 The American College reserves the right to revise the data shown whenever new data are generated. Information on this page was revised in May 2020.