The American College of the Mediterranean is currently exploring accreditation from the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). The process of becoming accredited is comprehensive and can take several years. Until then, ACM offers its students in the following programs the option of receiving a transcript from ACM's School of Record, Northern Illinois University (NIU), a public U.S. institution accredited through the Higher Learning Commission:

Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH)
Master of Arts in French Studies (MAFS)
Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Please note that at present, there is not an option for Master of Arts in Media Studies or Global MBA students to receive a transcript from NIU.

Though it may not be necessary for students to have transcripts from an accredited U.S. institution when applying for future jobs and graduate institutions, opting for a transcript from NIU can give students peace of mind that their graduate courses will be recognized in the United States, as well as enable them to be eligible for private student loans through Sallie Mae. More information about these private loans can be found here.

NIU invoices for the transcript for each semester/term, even if only a final transcript is required by the student. The NIU transcript fees are $1,225 per semester and $885 per summer term. ACM will cover half of the associated costs. The charge to the students would be as follows: 

Graduate Degree Program Semesters Required NIU Transcript Fee Student Cost
MAAH/MAFS/MAIR 2 semesters + 1 summer $3,335 $1,650
MFA 4 semesters $4,900 $2,400

Please note that if a student chooses to enroll in additional terms,
a transcript fee will apply to those terms as well. All fees are subject to change.

Students wishing to receive a transcript through NIU must communicate this with ACM’s Office of Admissions prior to enrollment at ACM, as there is a process students must complete with both NIU and ACM. This process must be completed before the student's program begins and cannot be done retroactively.

Whether or not a student opts for a transcript from NIU, ACM still issues its own academic transcripts to each of its students.