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    Dec 02, 2022  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023

Accreditation and Licensure Information


For information regarding the accreditation and licensing of American University, please visit: https://www.american.edu/academics.

American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801, 267-284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information about American University’s Middle States accreditation, please visit: https://www.msche.org/institution/0121/.

American University is recognized as church-related by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

A number of programs are individually accredited by, or are members of, professional organizations:

  • The Department of Chemistry  at American University is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The School of Education  at American University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The School of Education  is also accredited by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), which is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
  • The Music (BA)  program of the Department of Performing Arts  at American University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • The Clinical Psychology (PhD)  of the Department of Psychology  at American University is accredited by the American Psychological Association, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • The Communication: Journalism (BA) , Public Relations & Strategic Communication (BA) , Communication: Journalism and Public Affairs (MA) , and Strategic Communication (MA)  programs within the School of Communication  at American University are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • The Kogod School of Business  at American University is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • The School of International Service  at American University is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.
  • The School of Public Affairs  Department of Public Administration and Policy  at American University is accredited by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and authorized to accredit master/master’s degrees in public affairs and administration. American University’s School of Public Affairs  is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • ​The Washington College of Law  at American University is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) through ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. American University’s Washington College of Law  is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school also meets the requirements for preparation for the bar in all states and carries the certification for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the New York State Department of Education.
  • American University’s Executive Coaching program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Coach Training Program.  
  • ​The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has approved and recognized American University’s Human Resource Analytics and Management (MS)  for offering a curriculum as aligned with SHRM graduate education guidelines. 

For American University’s conditional exemption from licensing in the District of Columbia, go to https://helc.osse.dc.gov/Transactional/vPage/Active-Institution/108/91188.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

American University became a member of SARA on November 14, 2016. As a member of SARA, the university can deliver distance education programs to residents of member states. American University abides by the policies and standards described in the SARA Manual. SARA reciprocity does not apply to distance (online) programs that lead to licensure. Prospective students must consult with their home state regulating agencies regarding regulations applicable to out-of-state licensure programs before making enrollment decisions.

In states where SARA does not apply, we have worked directly with the state to ensure compliance. To find more about SARA, please visit https://nc-sara.org/.

For the most current information about American University state authorizations, go to www.american.edu/academics/state-auth.cfm.