Founded in 1881, the University of the Incarnate Word is now a grand Catholic institution of higher education, which has campus extensions in China and Mexico as well as more than 70 Sister schools all over the world.
The Universe Online is a distance learning division of UIW created in 2000 to provide flexible and convenient program formats for students in the USA and around the world. The Universe Online seeks to utilize mediated learning techniques to meet the need of adult learners. The programs offered through Virtual University are accredited and grand
In 2000, UIW also added the Universe Online, a natural extension of the mission and the entrepreneurial direction of the University. By utilizing computer mediated learning techniques, the University addresses the changing needs of adult learners. By maintaining educational standards of the traditional programs, Universe Online offers nationally accredited programs in a convenient format.
Currently, online programs at UIW grant such degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Master of Arts in Administration, Master of Business Administration and Graduate Certificates. Areas of study include Business, Education, Psychology, Management, Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Development, Communications, Religious Studies, Healthcare Administration, Human Resources, Leadership and Administration.
UIW is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. Moreover, through its College of Professional Studies, the University has received national accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to grant Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.
A Virtual University division, Universe Online is also a Charter Institution and is accredited by the Association of Accredited Online Programs International (AAOPi).
A number of programs are accredited by other accrediting institutions.