On several threads going right now I see folks say well this school is good and this is a diploma mill so how do you judge a school a diploma mill. Does having accredidation from an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a State Education agency determine your judgement? If they don't follow a certain curriculum to grant the degree from, does it have to follow normal world acceptable curriculum or state required rules? Can a school have affiliation with a recognized accrediting agency and not be accredited will that make them a diploma mill? What determines it for you? I found a school online that said if I sent them a list of all my work experience and everything I had done and sent the $XXXX.XX that they could grant me a bachelor's and masters in just about any field I wanted. They had an accrediting agency that they could show accredidation from, and life experience is a great education but to me this school is a diploma mill because they had no curriculum at all. They had no work from books or cd messages or online classes to perform. That to me made them a diploma mill, but what is the determining factor to you?