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Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of George Mason University.

Every ten years, the university engages in the process of reaffirmation of accreditation. This activity takes three years, and involves faculty, staff, and students from across the institution.  The process consists of two major components: the compliance certification, a comprehensive review of the university’s administration, faculty, programs, and a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that seeks to develop and enhance the university’s offerings in some particular way.   George Mason University most recently chose to focus expanding undergraduate involvement in research in its Students as Scholars initiative.

The university’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in December, 2011, and extends until 2021.  However, the university will undergo a more focused mid-point review in 2016.

 

Specialized Accreditation

George Mason University also holds specialized accreditation in a number of fields.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
(Unit accreditation at the Initial and Advanced Levels)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

School of Recreation, Health and Tourism

(BS in Athletic Training)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

(BS in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, concentrations in Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation)
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
School of Nursing

(All programs)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Department of Social Work

(BSW and MSW in Social Work)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Department of Health Administration and Policy

(BS in Health Administration)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration

(MS Health Systems Management, executive management concentration)
Commission of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Department of History and Art History

(BA and MA in Art History)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Department of Public and International Affairs

(Master of Public Administration)
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

Department of Psychology

(PhD in Psychology with a Concentration in Clinical Psychology)
American Psychological Association (APA)

(MA in Psychology, Concentration in School Psychology)
Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Department of Chemistry

(BS in Chemistry)
Approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science

(Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence)
Approved by the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
School of Music

(BA/BM in Music; MM in Music; DMA in Musical Arts; PhD in Music Education)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

School of Art

(BA/BFA in Art & Visual Technology; MA/MFA in Art & Visual Technology; MAT in Art Education; MA in Graphic Design)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

(MAT in Art Education)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Other Academic Units

(BFA in Computer Game Design; BA in Film and Video Studies; MA in Arts Management)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

SCHOOL OF LAW
American Bar Association (ABA)

SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
(All programs in Business; all programs in Accounting)
AACSB International – The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business

THE VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
(BS in Computer Science; BS in Electrical Engineering; BS in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering;
BS in Systems Engineering; BS in Computer Engineering; BS in Information Technology)
ABET

 

State Approvals

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
(Teacher Education programs)
Virginia Department of Education

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
School of Nursing

Virginia Board of Nursing

 

Questions?  Please contact Dr. Claudia Rector, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, at 703-993-8679.