Accreditation & Student Outcomes

ACCREDITATION & STUDENT OUTCOMES

The American College of Financial Services is accredited by:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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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.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The American College of Financial Services is now preparing for reaccreditation. This two-year review will conclude with the production of a self-study in summer 2022 and a MSCHE evaluation team visit in August 2022.

MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status

Student Outcomes Through December 2021

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 27.4 percent to 58.7 percent for students who entered The American College of Financial Services between 2016 and 2018.1
  • Between 2017 and 2021, the CFP® certification exam pass rates for students who have completed The American College of Financial Services' CFP® education program exceeded the national average for all other providers by an average of 11 percentage points.

Irwin Graduate School

Admission to The American College of Financial Services' graduate degree programs requires professional experience in addition to a baccalaureate degree. Graduation rates reflect the professional 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 95.9 percent for students enrolled in the program between 2016 and 2018.2
  • The Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFP) had an aggregate graduation rate of 64.7 percent for students who enrolled between 2012 and 2014.2
  • The completion rate for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation is 68.3 percent for students who enrolled between 2016 and 2018.2
  • As of December 2021, The American College of Financial Services has awarded 24 PhDs.

General College Information

  • In AY 2020-2021, 27.7 percent of designations and 27.0 percent of graduate degrees were awarded to women.
  • The large majority of students enrolled in The American College of Financial Services' designations and graduate degree programs are employed in the financial services industry at the time they enroll.

Designation program completion rates are calculated annually based on a 5-year period from the year of enrollment. Aggregate completion rates are calculated as a 3-year average for each designation program.
The MSM is an accelerated, cohort-based program that takes 18-24 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. (In 2021, the name of this program was changed to Master of Science in Financial Planning.)
The American College of Financial Services reserves the right to revise the data whenever new data are generated. Information on this page was revised in April 2022.