Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, programs in the following departments are accredited by nationally-recognized specialized accrediting boards:
  • Business: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Concurrent Credit: National Alliance Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP).
  • Counseling: Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Education: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Engineering: Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET).
  • Music: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Social Work: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Graduate School of Theology: Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)


The Graduate School of Theology's pastoral ministry core of the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program are both recognized by the Church of the Nazarene's International Course of Study Advisory Committee (ICOSAC) as validated courses of study meeting the educational requirements for ordination in the denomination.

In addition, the University is a member of:

  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Association of Governing Boards (AGB)
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
Nazarene Sister School University Programs
International: Africa Nazarene University, Ambrose University, Korea Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological College of Australia, Quetzal Education Research Center (through SNU), Seminario Nazareno de las Americas
U.S.: Eastern Nazarene College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Nazarene Bible College, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Olivet Nazarene University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Southern Nazarene University, Trevecca Nazarene University

Friendship Schools
Asia Region: Business College of Shanxi University, Dongseo University, Hausheng International College of Taiyuan, Kazak-American Free University, Northwest University, Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, South China Normal University, Swan College/Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Tibet University for Nationalities, Xianyang Normal University
Latin America Region: Universidad Internacional-Mexico
International: Arcadia Global Studies Program (consortium), International Studies Abroad (ISA) (consortium), Jerusalem University College, Romania Studies Program, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
U.S.: Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, College of Western Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Treasure Valley Community College