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 accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is schedule for their next accreditation visit in fall of 2024. All programs and coursework offered by the Center for Religion and Spirituality are developed and facilitated in accordance with these same rigorous academic standards.

For further information on Loyola Marymount University's current accreditation status, please visit the page. WSCUC is scheduled for their next accreditation visit in fall of 2024.

    • International Association of Yoga Therapists
    • Yoga Alliance
  • Loyola Marymount University is located in Los Angeles, California. As an institution in the state of California, the only state not part of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), state authorization is what allows LMU to enroll students outside of California into its online programs.

    LMU adheres to the state regulations for each state and has received authorization, exemption, or does not fall within the jurisdiction for authorization to offer online educational offerings that are not credit-bearing in states outside of California, with the exception of:

    • Alabama
    • Arkansas
    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • District of Columbia
    • Georgia
    • Minnesota
    • Wisconsin


Academic Credit

The Center is not a degree-granting unit. Academic credit is awarded by the Center as semester hours, however this credit is not equivalent to semester hours in the degree-granting units of the greater university. The department rubric ends in the letter ‘X’ and the courses are numbered 800 through 999. Credit is recorded in semester hours.

Professional Development. Courses in a certificate or professional development program with identifiable subject areas or in particular disciplines, e.g., EDUX for teacher education are offered under a departmental rubric and carry University semester hours of continuing education/professional development credit or graduate-level professional development credit.

Continuing Education. Courses with academic content falling outside the normal undergraduate or graduate offerings are offered under the rubrics CNTX and ONLX. This credit is recorded in semester hours: 1.0 semester hour represents 10 continuing education contact hours. The grading is CR. Credit (CR) equals to the letter B or above in the course. These courses can be considered graduate-level courses.

Personal Enrichment. Courses covering a variety of activities of interest to the community and do not require a letter grade. 

Transcript Legend. When reading the official university transcript, the following legend is published in accordance with extension or continuing education at LMU:

  • Course entries marked with the letter “X” at the end of the subject code do not carry degree-granting credit at LMU
    Course entries marked with the letter “Z” at the end of the subject code carry degree-granting credit for extension degree programs
  • Courses offered in the 800–999 and 8000–9999 number ranges are designated for extension education units, such as LMU Extension and the Center
  • Credit (CR) is reported in the semester credit hour column with each unit representing the equivalent value of 10 to 15 continuing education contact hours.
  • Professional development courses marked with the letter “X” that receive a letter grade are considered graduate-level courses.

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. 

For Yoga Professionals. By virtue of its program-specific accreditation, the Center is approved by Yoga Alliance and the International Association for Yoga Therapists to provide CEUs for credentialed yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

Transferring Credit

Some of the Center's 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.