List of Unaccredited Institutions

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As mentioned, Reliable Degrees only offer legal, verifiable, and accredited degree programs.  We make sure that we don’t partner with unaccredited institutions stated below.

This is a list of diploma mill and you should avoid.  We represent NONE of the following institutes listed.

A – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Académie Européene d’Informatisation, Belgium
  • Academy of Natural Therapies, formerly in Hawaii until closed by court order; may have reopened in Wyoming or Montana
  • Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies
  • Adam Smith University, Liberia; Saipan
  • Addison State University, Ottawa, Canada; “has no Ontario authorization to issue degrees”
  • Akamai University
  • All Saints American University, Liberia
  • Almeda University
  • Ambassador University Corporation
  • American Bible College University, Arizona
  • American Central University, Wyoming
  • American Century University, New Mexico; formerly known as Century University
  • American City University
  • American Coastline University[9] formerly operated from mailbox rental services in Hawaii and Louisiana; was owned by Dr Richard Hoyer
  • American College of Metaphysical Theology, Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • American Global University
  • American National University
  • American Pacwest International University
  • American School of Metaphysics, New York
  • American State University (Hawaii) (aka Hamilton University and Richardson University)
  • American University in London
  • American University of London
  • American University of Hawaii Gulfport, Mississippi; Clinton, Mississippi; (also reported to be operating in India; not to be confused with the University of Hawaii))
  • American University of Human Services, Mississippi. Reported closed as of 2007.
  • American University of Mayonic Science and Technology
  • American World University
  • Americus University
  • Ames Christian University, Florida
  • Anacrusis Institute, Greece and United Kingdom
  • Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia
  • Apostolic Prophetic Bible College & Theological Seminary, Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Ashford University, United Kingdom; not to be confused with the accredited Ashford University in Iowa
  • Ashwood University
  • Aston University, Nigeria (relationship with Aston University in the UK is not clear)
  • Atlanta University, Nigeria (not be confused with Clark Atlanta University or the University of Atlanta)
  • Atlantic International University, located in Hawaii or Nigeria

B – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
  • Barber-Scotia College (lost accreditation in 2004)
  • Barrington University, Mobile, Alabama (formerly operated by Virtual Academics.Com of Boca Raton, Florida)
  • Belford University(operated from a PO Box in Humble, Texas; not to be confused with the University of Bedford which is linked to University Degree Program)
  • Beloved Community Seminary, Oregon, Hawaii
  • Bennington University (not to be confused with Bennington College)
  • Berne University(not to be confused with University of Bern)
  • Bettis Christian University, Arkansas
  • B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, Texas
  • The Bible Doctrine Institute, Jacksonville, Florida; founded in 1986 as The Blue Ridge Bible Institute
  • Bienville University, Woodville, Mississippi. Reported closed as of 2007.
  • Bircham International University(formerly Oxford International University)
  • Blackpool University
  • Blacksmith University, Nigeria
  • Brethren Bible Institute, Pathanamthitta, India
  • Breyer State University
  • Bridgewater University (associated with; not to be confused with Bridgewater College)
  • Britain College of Management and Science
  • British West Indies Medical College (earlier known as West Indies College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery)
  • Bronte International University
  • Buxton University (not to be confused with the University of Derby’s Buxton campus) (Connected with

C – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Calamus International University (including Calamus Extension College and Vocalist International Distance Learning Academy), Vanuatu (formerly based in Turks and Caicos)
  • California Graduate School of Theology
  • Calvary Baptist Bible College, King, North Carolina
  • Calvary Chapel Bible College (This institution’s website states: “We are not accredited, nor are we seeking accreditation, so as to be free from outside control and remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.”)
  • Cal Southern University, Houston, Texas, and registered in the South Pacific island of Niue (Not to be confused with the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, California Southern University in Irvine, California, or California Southern Law School in Riverside, California.)
  • Cambridge State University, Jackson, Mississippi (“district officials discovered the school has an extensive criminal history and is nothing more than a diploma mill.”)
  • Canbourne University(not to be confused with Camborne School of Mines)
  • Canby Bible College, Canby, Oregon, formerly Leadership Training Institute (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”)
  • Canterbury University (Seychelles)
  • Canyon College
  • Capital City Religious Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Carlingford University, scam run by a prison inmate in Wisconsin; shut down in 2010.The name previously was identified with an address in London, and with theUniversity Degree Program
  • Carolina University of Theology, Manassas, Virginia (Website states that school is accredited by Accrediting Commission International but notes “This accreditation is not recognized by the US Dept. of Education. It is our intention in the months ahead to pursue a full accredited status with an agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education.”)
  • Chadwick University, Alabama
  • Charis School of Divinity, Florida
  • Chase University
  • Christ Alive Christian Seminary and University, Nigeria
  • Christ For The Nations Institute
  • Christian Leadership University, New York
  • Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Christians of Charity American University of Sci. and Tech., Nigeria
  • Clarksville School of Theology, Clarksville, Tennessee; shut down in 1982
  • Clayton College of Natural Health (same operator as Chadwick University) (in Alabama)
  • Clayton Theological Institute, California
  • Clayton University, Hong Kong
  • Colton University
  • Columbia Pacific University
  • Columbia State University
  • Columbus University, Picayune, Mississippi (Closed by state action in Louisiana)
  • Collumbus University, UK or Nigeria
  • Commonwealth Open University (Virgin Islands; not to be confused with Commonwealth Institute)
  • Communion of Saints Seminary, Oregon
  • Concordia College and University
  • Concordia Theologica Institute For Biblical Studies
  • Cranmer Theological House, Louisiana; Texas
  • Crescent City Christian College, Metairie, Louisiana, (“basically a coach’s house — no campus, no facilities, no faculty, no library that anyone could discover”)
  • Crown College, Tennessee
  • Crown College, Tacoma, Washington, (lost accreditation in 2007)

D – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs


  • Delta International University of New Orleans
  • Dispensational Theological Seminary Forest Grove, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as an unaccredited religious exempt school)
  • Donsbach University (or Donsback University)
  • Dorcas University, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dublin Metropolitan University

E – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Earlscroft University
  • Eastern Caribbean University, Texas; St. Kitts, Virgin Islands
  • Ecole supérieure Robert de Sorbon, France; also linked to the American Universities Admission Program in Sarasota, Florida, which was sued in 2006 for allegedly using the logo of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers to deceive prospective students. (The school’s website——disputes the allegation of being a diploma mill.)
  • Ellington University
  • Eternity Bible College
  • European Open University Not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
  • European Union University, Madrid, Spain (but incorporated in the U.S. state of Iowa)

F – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Fairfax University
  • Faith Seminary – Salem, formerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[53]
  • Farington University
  • Florida State Christian College, Florida
  • Frederick Taylor International University, Hawaii; California
  • Frederick Taylor University, California
  • Friends International Christian University, Florida; California. Website states, “FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.”
  • Full Gospel Christian College, Pontiac, Michigan

G – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith
  • Generale University also called Generale Polytechnic Institute
  • Geo-Metaphysical Institute, New York
  • George Wythe College, Cedar City, Utah
  • Georgia Christian University, Norcross, Georgia
  • Glencullen University (“A phony ‘Irish university’ is marketing degrees internationally via the Internet. An EL reporter in the US, posing as a prospective student, has been offered an English literature degree from ‘Glencullen University’, without any study, for $960.”)
  • Glendale University (previously called Glenndale University)
  • Glenford University in Mississippi. Reported closed as of 2007.
  • Global Church Theological Seminary and Global Church University
  • Golden State School of Theology(Stockton, California)
  • Golden State Baptist College, Santa Clara, California. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement, listed among Wikipedia category Unaccredited Christian colleges and universities.
  • Golden State University, Mississippi
  • Greenwich University (Operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002. Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England)

H – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Hamilton University (aka American State University and Richardson University)
  • Heartland Baptist Bible College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The School’s website states that they “seek no national or regional accreditation, but seeks only God’s approval.”
  • Holy Trinity College and Seminary, New Port Richey, Florida; Seminary’s website notes its choice to remain unaccredited and states, “the degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations.”
  • Honolulu University (aka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities)
  • Houdegbe North American University, Nigeria
  • Hubbard College of Administration International, Los Angeles, California
  • Huntington Pacific University
  • Hyles-Anderson College and Hyles-Anderson College Seminary, Crown Point, Indiana. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement. Founder asserted that the college remains unaccredited because the government would “take away our freedom.”

I  – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Illinois Theological Seminary Online, also named In-Depth Theological Seminary, Independent Theological Seminary and Intercontinental Theological Seminary.School states: “ITS is not an accredited school with any accreditation board. ITS very much cherishes…the principle of separation between Church and State.”
  • Intercontinental University
  • Interfaith Seminary, formerly Interfaith School of Theology, New Rochelle, New York (Institution’s website says: “As a religious Seminary the Interfaith Seminary is not accredited by an [sic] government agency.”)
  • International American University, California; Nepal
  • International Bible University, Norwalk, California; Carpinteria, California; Hawaii. Also called “E M International Bible University” or “E.M.I. Bible University.”
  • International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida
  • International Theological University California
  • The International University, Missouri or Nigeria
  • International University for Graduate Studies St. Kitts and Nevis
  • International University of Ministry and Education, Grandview, Missouri
  • International University, Vienna (an American unaccredited private institution with a campus in Vienna, Austria)
  • IOND University, Hawaii; Japan
  • Irish International University
  • Islamic University of Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

J – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • James Monroe University (also called James Monroe International University)
  • Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Southaven, Mississippi

K – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Kennedy-Western University
  • Kensington University
  • Kent College, Louisiana
  • Kentucky Christian University, Ashland, Kentucky (not to be confused with Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, which is accredited)
  • Kingston College, British Columbia; illegal operation closed down October 4, 2006; not to be confused with Kingston College (England) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
  • Knightsbridge University
  • Knoxville College (lost accreditation in 1996)

L – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Lacrosse University Reported closed as of 2007.
  • LaSalle University (Louisiana) (not to be confused with La Salle University (Philadelphia), nor with The LaSalle Extension University (Chicago))
  • Leadway University, Nigeria
  • Life Christian University, Tampa, Florida
  • Lobi Business School, Nigeria
  • London College of Technology and Business
  • London External Studies, UK or Nigeria
  • Louisiana Baptist University (formerly Baptist Christian University), founded in 1973 by Jimmy G. Tharpe
  • Louisiana Christian University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary

M – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Madison University, Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh, India
  • Mahila Gram Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad, India
  • Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar, India
  • Management Institute of Canada
  • Master’s International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”)
  • Metropolitan Collegiate Institute (associated with the fake teaching hospital Sussex General Hospital, both purportedly in London)
  • Metro University, Nigeria
  • Miami Christian University, Miami, Florida
  • Mississippi International University
  • Monticello University
  • Morris Brown College (lost accreditation in 2002)
  • Mountain States Baptist College, Montana.Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement.

N – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • National University of Nigeria
  • Nations University, Monroe, Louisiana
  • New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, Michigan; Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • New West Seminary Oregon City, Oregon, (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
  • Nightingale University, Panama City, Panama; Melbourne, Australia
  • North Central University, Nigeria
  • North American Reformed Seminary, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Novus University or Novus University International, Diamondhead, Mississippi

O – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Oaklands University, United Kingdom.May be “a new version of the University Degree Program.”
  • Ohio Christian College
  • Open International University, Nigeria
  • Oregon College of Ministry, Gresham, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)

P – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Pacific International University, Springfield, Missouri; originally was located in Victoria, Australia
  • Pacific National University and Theological Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Pacific Southern University
  • Patriot Bible University (formerly Patriot University, Colorado; claims that its accreditation is by American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, which is an unrecognized agency deemed to be an accreditation mill)
  • Paul Quinn College (Lost accreditation in 2009)
  • Pebbles University, Nigeria
  • Pensacola Bible Institute
  • Pensacola Christian College
  • Portland Bible College Portland, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
  • Preston University (aka Fairmount International University)
  • Preston University Pakistan
  • Promis University of London

Q & R – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Queenston University, Utah, Vanuatu, and Australia
  • Raja Arabic University, Nagpur, India
  • Redding University
  • Regent International University (not to be confused with the accredited Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia)
  • Rev. D. O. Ockiya College of Theology and Management Sciences, Nigeria (lack of accreditation affects only its degree-awarding programmes)
  • Richmond Open University, Nigeria
  • Rochville University (not to be confused with La Rochville University, an accredited university in France)
  • Royal University Izhia, Nigeria
  • Rushmore University
  • Rutherford University (previously known as Senior University and Stratford International University)

S – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Saint Augustines University of Technology, Nigeria
  • St. Clements University (Called a “degree mill” by the State of Maine, but removed from list after a formal action taken by St. Clements University.)
  • St Johns University School of Medicine, Montserrat
  • Saint Luke School of Medicine, Liberia; California; Ghana
  • Saint Martin’s College and Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • St. Paul’s College & Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • St. Regis University, Dominica; Liberia; Washington D.C.; and Washington (closed by court order in June 2005)(not to be confused with Regis Universityin Denver, which is accredited)
  • Saint Stephen’s Educational Bible College, Los Angeles, California
  • St. Thomas-a-Becket College & University, Canterbury, England
  • Saint Wolbodo Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sacramento International University, (also called San Francisco International University, and Bellington University)
  • Samuel Ahmadu University, Nigeria
  • Sancta Sophia Seminary, Oklahoma. Claims “accreditation” by the Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries, Inc., anunrecognized accreditation agency.
  • Sequoia University, Los Angeles and Oklahoma. Closed by court order in 1984.
  • South California Polytechnic University, Taiwan
  • South Pacific University
  • Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary
  • Stanton University
  • Strategic Business School, Nigeria
  • Success Seminary, Oregon
  • Suffield University; operating illegally in Connecticut
  • Summerset University (“Appears to be a new version of the “University Degree Program” cluster supposedly closed by UK and US action. It has no legal authority to issue degrees.”)
  • Sunday Adokpela University, Nigeria

T – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Tennessee Christian University, Tennessee
  • Texas Christian Bible University, Crowley, Texas
  • Texas Theological University, Texas
  • Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation
  • Thompson University
  • Tiu International University, UK and Nigeria
  • Thunderwood College, Internet only, an admitted spoof website for an unaccredited college which offers instant “degrees” in a variety of subjects.
  • Tri-Valley University, Pleasonton, California, raided by ICE for allegedly operating as a front for illegal immigration.
  • Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. (“Trinity is currently working towards accreditation with a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognized agency for all of its programs.” (Accessed August 18, 2010))
  • Trinity College and University
  • Trinity Southern University (See: Colby Nolan)
  • Tyndale Theological Seminary, Texas.In 1999, Tyndale Theological Seminary was fined for violating a state law that required institutions to have state approval or accreditation to award degrees or use terms such as “college” or “university” in their names. The fine was appealed, and in August 2007 the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Tyndale and other seminaries that offer theological education and award religious degrees can do so without state government approval or accreditation.

U – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • UNESCO University, Nigeria
  • United Christian University, Nigeria
  • United Nations University, Delhi, India (not to be confused with United Nations University)
  • United Nigeria University College
  • Universal Bible Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Universal University
  • Université de Wallis (lists addresses in Wallis and Futuna and United Kingdom)
  • University Consulting, Inc.
  • University Degree Program (formerly operated at least 28 different diploma mills in at least five countries)
  • University of Applied Sciences & Management in Benin and Nigeria
  • University of Berkley, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  • University of Beverly Hills, California
  • University of Central Europe, Pascagoula, Mississippi,Reported closed as of 2007.
  • University of Esoterica (Institution website states: “We are not accredited by any state agency, and don’t want to be…due to entanglements and Separation of Church and State.”
  • University of Fairfax
  • University of the Holy Land, Israel
  • University of Industry, Nigeria
  • University of Lamberhurs
  • University of Metaphysical Sciences
  • University of Metaphysical Studies, New Mexico
  • University of Metaphysics, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Also called University of Sedona
  • University of the Nations
  • University of Natural Health, Brandon, Mississippi
  • University of North America
  • University of Northern Virginia
  • University of Northern Washington
  • University of NorthWest
  • University of Santa Monica, also known as Kohenor University
  • University of Sedona, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Alternative name for University of Metaphysics
  • Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, India

V – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Vancouver University Worldwide
  • Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya
  • Vision International University
  • Volta University College in Ghana and Nigeria

W – List of Universities with Un Accredited Degree Programs

  • Warnborough College, Ireland
  • Warren National University
  • Washington International University, Pennsylvania British Virgin Islands
  • Washington School of Theology, Oregon
  • West Coast Baptist College, Lancaster, California. Website states: “[I]t is not our intention to [pursue accreditation].”
  • West Coast University of Panama, Bangladesh
  • Western Michigan Bible Institute, Muskegon, Michigan
  • Weston Reserve University
  • Wisconsin International University, Florida, Ghana (Wisconsin International University College has National Accreditation Board accreditation in Ghana as a university college affiliated with the University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast), Ukraine and other locations, now using the name Worldwide International University
  • Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, Washington
  • Worchester University, Panama
  • World Information Distributed University, Russia; Belgium; Switzerland
  • Worldwide International University, new name of Wisconsin International University
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If you finally decided to take further studies then you should consider taking an accredited degree programs. Don't just enroll yourself on any programs you can find online. There are lots of scams who are just waiting for any chances to fool you. Looking for the right accredited degree programs is a must in every student in order for them to get the most out of their money. If you are planning to continue your degree online you need to look for an accredited degree programs that will help you reach your dreams to come true. So, how can you find the right accredited degree programs? Give here are three important tips that you can consider.

  1. Search reputable universities that offer online classes. You can actually read the newspapers or search online what are the top schools that are providing online studies. Of course you must prioritize the schools that have an accredited degree programs. The general rule would be choose a university that is known because of its good reputation and acknowledged by may because it provides great online education. School with good reputation follows all the rules and regulations imposed by the agency.  If you enroll yourself to school with accredited degree programs online there is high possibility of being employed by better companies. So, if you are deciding to pursue your education then you better choose an institution that can provide you better education that is based on the standard of accredited degree programs.
  2. Make sure to enroll with accredited degree programs only. Don't go for school that is not accredited unless you just want to waste money, time, and effort. What is the difference between the accrediting agency and diploma mill? Accrediting agencies perform legitimate accreditation and that they are highly recognized by the Department of Education while on the other hand, diploma mills evaluated by accrediting agencies which are not acknowledge by the education department. So, before you start paying for the service you better make sure first if the school is worth the price. Take the most out of your money. Drop those institutions that are fly-by-night. They will just run your money and get nothing in return.
  3. Ask for course details. During the application you can request for their course syllabus. They must be under the accredited degree programs of the Department of Education. Actually if the school is legal most of their information is for free. That is heir way pf selling their services. Afterall why keep them in public if that would be their assets?

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