Why You Should Care About Accreditation

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

Whether you’re obtaining your bachelor's, master’s or business degree, you’re paying a lot for your online degree. You want to know that not only will you receive a quality education, but that employers and other learning institutions will recognize your degree.

An accredited online bachelor or master degree provides many benefits.

Credit Transfer

Your credits are more likely to transfer from one degree program to another if you enroll in an accredited online degree program. If you obtain your online bachelor degree and then want to pursue your master degree, an accredited degree permits you to advance your education.

Federal Financial Aid

Only students enrolled in an accredited degree program may receive federal (and some state) financial aid, loans and grants.


Some employers refuse to recognize a degree unless it comes from an accredited degree program. Your online accredited degree might make you eligible for certain jobs or promotions within your company.

If you plan to go back to school for a master’s in your field to advance your career, check with your employer to make sure your degree will help you earn the promotion and raise you desire. If your master’s degree comes from an accredited online university, it probably will.

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