Institutional Accreditation

Accreditation – a seal of approval by professional peers – indicates that an institution or program meets the quality standards of the group conferring the accreditation. Loyola Marymount University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  All programs and coursework offered by LMU Extension are developed and facilitated in accordance with rigorous academic standards.

Program-specific Accreditation

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (Degree Completion Program)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals-Education Institute (Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program)
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists (Yoga Therapy Program)

For a complete list of the university's accrediting organizations, visit

Academic Credit

LMU Extension is not a degree-granting unit.  Academic credit is awarded by LMU Extension as semester hours, however this credit is not equivalent to semester hours in the degree-granting units of the greater University. There are three major groupings of courses: Professional Development, Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment. The department rubric ends in the letter ‘X’ and the courses are numbered 800 through 999. 

The first grouping is Professional Development courses in a certificate or professional development program with identifiable subject areas or in particular disciplines, e.g., EDUX for teacher education. These are offered under a departmental rubric and carry University semester hours of continuing education/professional development credit. The second grouping is Continuing Education courses with academic content falling outside the normal undergraduate or graduate offerings. Such courses and programs are offered under the rubric CNTX. Credit is recorded in semester hours; 1.0 semester hour represents 10 continuing education contact hours. The third grouping is personal enrichment courses covering a variety of activities of interest to the community. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

For Legal Professionals. Loyola Marymount University certifies that certain activities identified in the catalog have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California for the hours listed for those courses. 

For Nursing Professionals.  Loyola Marymount University is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP 12698, to offer continuing education credit. 

For Psychologists, Counseling Professionals and Social Workers.  Loyola Marymount University is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide CEUs for psychologists, counselors, MFTs and LCSWs. 

Transferring Credit

Some LMU Extension courses may qualify for academic credit at other colleges and universities. The transferability and equivalency of such credit, or articulation, is solely determined by the institution to which you are applying. Course descriptions and learning outcomes are taken into consideration. Be sure to have your course description and syllabus available in case it is requested.