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Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation, also referred to as specialized accreditation, is an assurance of specific quality standards, documented through a robust external peer review process.

Schools and programs at KU's Lawrence & Edwards Campus and the KU Medical Center Campus are accredited by a number of external accrediting bodies.  When a specialized program is accredited, it has demonstrated that it meets standards set by the relevant organization representing the academic community, practitioners, professionals, and other stakeholders. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo ongoing periodic review.  Program accreditations include both professional and teacher education preparation programs. 

Most accreditors review and approve specific programs for accreditation.  Others accredit all the programs at an institution or within a given unit.  In some instances, a review by the relevant external organization is described as "certification" or "approval" instead of accreditation.  All of these special cases are noted below.  

KU Lawrence/Edwards Campus Accreditations

School/CollegeProgramAccreditorNext ReviewNotes
Architecture & DesignArchitecture (MArch)NAAB2025

 

 Interior Architecture (BS)CIDA2025Candidacy status
 Design (BFA, MA)NASAD2033Institutional accreditation
School of BusinessAll undergraduate and graduate degreesAACSB2028Unit accreditation
College of Liberal Arts & SciencesApplied Behavioral Science (MA), Behavorial Psychology (PhD)ABAI2025 
 Chemistry (BS)ACS2026Certification
 Clinical Child Psychology (PhD)APA2025 
 Engineering Physics (BS)ABET2025 
 History of Art (BA, BFA, BGS, MA, PhD)NASAD2033Institutional accreditation
 Psychology, Clinical (PhD)APA2025 
 Public Administration (MPA)NASPAA2030 
 Speech Language Pathology (MA)CAA2024 
 Urban Planning (MUP)PAB2024 
 Visual Art (BA, BFA, MFA)NASAD2033Institutional accreditation
 Visual Art Education (BAE)

KSDE, CAEP

2027, 2028CAEP follow KSDE review and is a unit-level accreditation.
School of Education & Human SciencesAdaptive High Incidence Disabilities (Grad Certificate)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Counseling Psychology (MS)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Counseling Psychology (MS) MPCAC2027 
 Counseling Psychology (PhD)APA2033 
 Curriculum & Instruction (MSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Educational Leadership & Policy, School Administration (MSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Elementary Teacher Education (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 English for Speakers of Other Languages, TESOL (Grad Certificate)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Middle-Level Education (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Physical Education Plus (BSE, MSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Reading Specialist (Grad Certificate)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 School Psychology (EDS, PhD)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 School Psychology (EDS, PhD)NASP2025*PhD accreditation dependent upon APA decision
 School Psychology (PhD)APA2024 
 Secondary Level Education (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Secondary Teacher Education, Biology (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Secondary Teacher Education, Chemistry (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Secondary Teacher Education, Foreign Language (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Secondary Teacher Education, Geology (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Secondary Teacher Education, Math (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Secondary Teacher Education, Physics (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Special Education (MSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Unified Early Childhood (BSE)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
School of EngineeringAerospace Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Architectural Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Chemical Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Civil Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Computer Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Computer Science (BS)ABET2025Computing Commission
 Electrical Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Interdisciplinary Computing (BS)ABET2025Computing Commission
 Mechanical Engineering (BS)ABET2025 
 Petroleum EngineeringABET2025 
School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationsJournalism (BSJ)ACEJMC2024 
School of LawLaw (JD)ABA2032 
School of MusicAll programs (BM, BME, BMT, BA, BFA, MM, MME, DMA, PhD)NASM2031 
 Music Education (BME, MME, PhD)KSDE, CAEP2027, 2028 
 Music Therapy (BMT, MME, PhD)AMTA2025Approval
School of PharmacyPharmacy Practice (PharmD)ACPE2030*Residency sites accredited through ASHP
School of Professional StudiesInformation Technology (BS)ABET2025Computing Commission
School of Social WelfareSocial Work (BSW, MSW)CSWE2026

 

 

The following non-degree programs are also accredited:

School/CollegeProgramAccreditorNext ReviewNotes
Applied English CenterIntensive English ProgramCEA2028

 

Lifelong & Professional Education, Kansas Fire & Rescue Multiple certifications in fire and emergency services for the State of KansasProboard, IFSAC2024, 2025Non-credit certifications

KU Medical Center Campus Accreditations

View the KU Medical Center Official Academic Accreditations Report.