US accredited, recognized worldwide

Think global, act local. That’s us. We connect local education needs with global workplace requirements. That means we’re licensed in the US – and recognized worldwide.


US accredited

Nexford University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Licensed in D.C.

Nexford University is licensed in the District of Columbia by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Nexford serves learners from around the world and in other states within the US where the university is either exempted, approved, or licensed.

Currently, the university is not authorized to offer its programs (and therefore does not enroll students) in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Nexford University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized peer-review process that certifies the quality of online courses. It has recognized some of Nexford's courses for their commitment to quality assurance.

What organizations are members of Quality Matters?

Nexford has set up a chapter with The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) for its Ambassadors – learners who embody the university’s values and moderate Nexford's Unofficial Facebook Group. NSLS is America’s largest leadership honor society and leadership development program. It is the only program of its kind to have earned accreditation.

Winner: Red Herring Top 100 tech companies

First ever university winners, chosen out of thousands of North American companies. Why? Our innovative data science and AI bring high quality, affordable education to learners across the world.

Inc. Regionals 2023: Mid-Atlantic

Nexford University was recently named one of the fastest growing companies in Inc. Magazine’s 4th annual Regionals: Mid-Atlantic list.

This is the first year we have received this honor, placing us within the top 25 recipients!


We’re committed to building better futures through education. To ensure we’re part of conversations that matter, we’re members of change-making associations and networks.

C-BEN is a network of colleges, organizations, and individuals dedicated to realizing the potential of competency-based education.

AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries.

The School of Business and Innovation at Nexford University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a listing of the programs eligible to seek accreditation, please view our IACBE member status.

Nexford University accreditation FAQ

We are a real university, with real learners, faculty, advisors, and graduates! Not convinced? Check out the below:

Still not convinced? Book a chat with one of our Nexford Application Specialists! They're happy to answer any questions you have.

Nexford is an American university licensed in Washington DC by HELC. We are also accredited in the US by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Every employer and university has different policies as to what they recognize and we already have partnerships with multiple well-reputed employers around the world, including in Nigeria, such as MTN, Union Bank, Sterling Bank, Dangote, and IBM, and have thousands of learners and alumni in Nigeria, and have learners from over 85 countries around the world.

Our goal is to provide you with the latest job skills and knowledge you need to succeed in today's workplace!


Nexford University is accredited in the US by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

We're also licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) in Washington DC, and our courses have been certified by Quality Matters (QM).

Our headquarters are located in Washington DC, USA.  Here's the address if you'd like to drop by:

1140 3rd St NE

Washington, DC 20002, US

While we have a physical headquarters, keep in mind that Nexford is a 100% online university, designed to make education accessible from anywhere in the world!

WES will evaluate Nexford degrees, however they will not say they are equivalent to a Canadian degree because we are nationally accredited in the United States by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).  DEAC is recognized as an accrediting agency by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Most schools in the U.S. and Canada will do their own credit evaluations.

2.I.1 Complaint/Grievance Procedure

The purpose of the Learner Complaint Policy is to provide a process for learners to seek resolution of a dispute or complaint. Most issues can be resolved through discussion with faculty or a Success Advisor. Learners have the right to seek help or resolution if they feel that they have been unfairly treated based upon the policy and procedures of the University and were unable to resolve the situation. Learners must submit their complaint to the University Review Committee (URC) at, and should include the following information: 

  • Thoroughly describe the complaint 
  • Identify steps taken to resolve the issue 
  • Provide any additional supporting documentation 

When complaints are received, by the URC, the Committee will investigate the complaint and render a decision to the learner within 5 business days of receiving the complaint. 

Grievance Policy 

In the unlikely event that the learner’s complaint was not resolved to their satisfaction, the learner should submit a grievance to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at The grievance should include all documentation and attempts to resolve the situation including the URC decision. The CAO will investigate the grievance and communicate with the appropriate learners and employees to address the problem as warranted. 

Resolution of the grievance will occur once the final response or outcome is determined. The learner who filed the grievance will be notified of the decision of the CAO. 


CAO decisions are final. For issues that cannot be resolved directly with Nexford, learners may file a complaint with the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Higher Education Licensure Commission, following the instructions on its website, Office of the State Superintendent of Education or by telephone at 202-727-6436. 

Pursuant to DC Official Code §38-1306(c)(4) complaints may be filed with the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC, Commission) against postsecondary educational institutions operating in the District of Columbia. Consumers who have experienced a violation of the HELC statute or regulations should complete this form and submit all supporting documents. This form must be signed and dated by the individual making the complaint and should be mailed: 

Office of the State Superintendent of Education 

Higher Education Licensure Commission 

1050 First Street, NE, Fifth Floor 

Washington, D.C. 20002 

Complaints are made available to the institution/alleged violator so that they may file a response to the allegations. The HELC cannot respond to anonymous complaints. Investigation and resolution of complaints take varying amounts of time. Upon completion of an investigation, the complainant will receive notice of any proposed actions. 

Learners may also contact the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) to file a complaint. The student may also contact the DEAC at 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808 Washington, D.C. 20036 and at Telephone: 202-234-5100 

DEAC’s Online Complaint System enables individuals to file a complaint directly using the DEAC website. The complaint form is found at Written complaints will also be accepted by mail or other form of effective delivery to DEAC, provided they include (1) the complainant’s name and contact information (2) the basis of any allegation of noncompliance with DEAC standards and procedures; (3) all relevant names and dates and a brief description of the actions forming the basis of the complaint; (4) copies of any available documents or materials that support the allegations; and (5) a release authorizing DEAC to forward a copy of the complaint, including identification of the complainant(s) to the institution.