License & affiliations

approved to operate

William Carey International University was founded in 1977 and is a private not for profit institution, approved by the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer MA, and PhD degrees in International Development. WCIU operates in compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. This license does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by the Bureau. The Bureau's most recent inspection was performed October 18, 2018. WCIU’s degree programs are not currently accredited by any agency. BPPE is not accreditation. A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution may not be recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California; additionally, a graduate of WCIU may not be eligible to sit for the applicable licensure exam in California and other states. A student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education P.O. Box 980818 West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818,, or Phone: (916) 431-6959 and Main Fax: (916) 263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet web site

All courses are taken online through Our programs do not have a residency requirement, but students are welcome to schedule a tour of our Pasadena campus by emailing

Financial Solvency

WCIU is financially solvent. It has no pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition for bankruptcy in the last five years. WCIU has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the last five years that resulted in its reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United State Bankruptcy Code.

Legal identity

William Carey International University is incorporated in the state of California and is licensed to operate and grant degrees by the State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.