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University Accreditation



The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. For the purposes of this catalog, "accredited institutions" means those institutions accredited by one of the six U.S. regional associations. The six regional associations are:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSA) Middle States, Commission on Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC) The Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACSCU), Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Graduate Admission Requirement

In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from an institution accredited by one of the above accrediting agencies or from a recognized foreign institution. Students without a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution (or equivalent) are not admitted to graduate degree programs, graduate certificate programs, or graduate nondegree status. The College of Business Administration requires that all degrees must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized foreign institution.

Recognized Institution

A "recognized institution" is an institution in a country outside of the United States that is recognized by that nation's Ministry of Education or similar authority, as a post-secondary, academic-degree-granting institution.

Other Accreditations

In addition to the regional accreditation agencies, there are a number of scientific, professional, and academic bodies conferring accreditation in specific disciplines. UCF is listed with an "A" rating in the Report of Credit Given by Educational Institutions. The university is accredited by the following agencies on the graduate level:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Accreditation Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)