Here's the list of NY Regents accredited schools: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/accreditation/handbook/directory.htm My favorites are Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. All three of these are big-time research institutions with international reputations. (Carol Greider, one of the winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology, did some of the work that won her the prize during her time spent as a fellow and faculty member at Cold Spring Harbor.) Here's another cool one, the Christie's auction house, which offers a NY-Regents accredited masters degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market. I expect that this degree has lots of recognition and clout among art dealers and is competitive with any number of RA degrees. Christie's in London offers similar degrees, these 'validated' by the U. of Glasgow.