Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

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MSA operational area
Abbreviation M.S.A.S.C. or M.S.A.
Formation 1887
Legal status Association
Purpose Educational Accreditation
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Region served
Delaware, District of Columbia - (Washington, D.C.), Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Board President
John Cavanaugh
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Website msa-cess.org/

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Middle States Association or M.S.A.) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit association that performs peer evaluation and regional accreditation of public and private secondary/high schools and elementary schools in the Mid-Atlantic United States and certain foreign institutions of American origin.

Its headquarters are in Center City, Philadelphia.[1]

Region and scope

The "Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools" (M.S.A.-C.E.S.S.) accredits public and private schools as well as school systems throughout the United States and it states it is active in more than 85 countries around the world.[2]

MSA used to accredit colleges and universities through its higher education commission. In 2013, that commission — the Middle States Commission on Higher Education — became a legally separate entity.

See also


  1. Home page. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved on May 12, 2015. "200 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104"
  2. MSA-CESS website, retrieved June 3, 2014.

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