About Accreditation

Regional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education qualifies institutions and enrolled students to receive federal financial aid and other federal funds to support teaching and research.

The University of Oregon is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized as the regional authority in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The Commission oversees accreditation for 162 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of up to twenty-six Commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.

Accreditation by the NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole and is not granted permanently or for a definite number of years. It is an ongoing status that must be reaffirmed periodically through self-study and onsite visitations by peer evaluation committees. The University of Oregon has been continuously accredited by the NWCCU since 1918 and was most recent reaffirmed in July 2017.   

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation for individual schools, colleges, and educational programs is granted by a number of national organizations. Below is a list of all programs at University of Oregon that are accredited.

ProgramDegree Level(s)Recognized AgencyDate of Last Accreditation

Date of Next Accreditation 

College of BusinessB.S., B.A., Ph.D. in AccountingThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Businesses20162020-21
College of BusinessB.S., B.A., Ph.D. in Business AdministrationThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business20162020-21
College of BusinessM.B.A., Oregon Executive M.B.A.The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business20162020-21
Master of Public AdministrationM.P.A.National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration2006 
Planning, Public Policy and ManagementB.A., B.S., M.C.R.P.Planning Accreditation Board2009 
Planning, Public Policy and ManagementM.A.Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)2009 
Arts and Administration ProgramM.A., M.S.National Association of Schools of Art and Design2010 
Department of ArchitectureB.Arch., M.Arch., Ph.D.National Architectural Accrediting Board20132021
Department of Landscape ArchitectureB.L.A., M.LA., Ph.D.Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board20172023
Department of Interior ArchitectureB.I.Arch., M.I.Arch.Council for Interior Design Accreditation20162022
Department of Interior ArchitectureB.I.Arch., L.I.ArchNational Association of Schools of Art and Design 2019-20
Department of the History of Art & ArchitectureB.A., M.A., Ph.D.National Association of Schools of Art and Design20102020
Department of Product DesignB.A., B.S., B.F.A.National Association of Schools of Art and Design20102020
Department of ArtB.A., B.S., B.F.A., M.F.A.National Association of Schools of Art and Design20102020
School of Journalism and CommunicationB.A., B.S., M.A. M.S., Ph.D.Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication20182020

School of Music and Dance

B.A., B.S., M.A., M.Mus., D.M.A., Ph.D.National Association of Schools of Music20122019-20
School of LawJ.D., L.L.M., M.A., M.S.American Bar Association20142020-21
Counseling Psychology (COE)Ph.D.American Psychological Association20112018
School Psychology (COE)Ph.D.American Psychological Association20142021
Couples and Family Therapy (COE)M.S.Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education20142022
Communication Disorders & Sciences (COE)M.A., M.S.American Speech-Language-Hearing Association20122019-20
Clinical Psychology (CAS)Ph.D.American Psychological Association2011 
Department of ChemistryB.A., B.S., M.A. M.S., Ph.D.American Chemical Society2016