Specialized Accreditation

Academic Program Quality (APQ) reviews and develops university-wide policies related to academic programming that support the university’s strategic goals while demonstrating the quality of UCF programs both to external constituents, such as accreditation agencies, and to internal stakeholders, such as faculty members, administrators, and trustees. Specialized and professional accreditation applies to the evaluation of specific academic programs and occurs separately from institutional accreditation. Accreditation is important to prospective students and employers—and essential in many degrees that lead to an occupational license.

Units seeking specialized or professional accreditation must consult APQ prior to submitting self-studies or other correspondence to accrediting agencies to ensure that the university’s mission, policies, and procedures are accurately and consistently represented. APQ also schedules any on-site visit meetings that require the president, provost, or other senior administrators to attend.

UCF is required to report to its institutional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and to all of its accrediting bodies recognized by the US Department of Education, any change in the accreditation status of a program, department, school, or college. APQ also reports annually to the Florida Board of Governors on the accreditation status for each of the university’s academic programs. Thus, it is important that entities within the university that hold specialized accreditation or are planning to apply for specialized accreditation communicate with APQ throughout the application and review processes.


Resource Guide for Specialized Accreditation
APQ’s Resource Guide for Specialized Accreditation is produced to assist departments, schools, and colleges in preparing self-studies and drafting reports required by specialized accrediting bodies, as well as discussing the University of Central Florida’s accreditation status and practices of common interest to such entities.

Communicating with APQ
APQ’s expectations for programs initiating accreditation or undergoing an accreditation review

Site-Visit Planning Requirements
Planning materials including an executive summary of the program(s) under review, bios of the review team, and an itinerary of the site visit, must be submitted to APQ two weeks prior to the site visit start date. These materials will be given to the president and provost to prepare them for meetings with the review team.

Accrediting Decisions of Other Agencies
SACSCOC policy on reporting any change in the accreditation status of a program, department, school, or college

Inventory and Review Schedule of UCF Programs State-Approved by Florida Department of Education
Programs that are state-approved by the Florida Department of Education

Inventory and Review Schedule of UCF Programs with Specialized Accreditation


The following academic programs at UCF hold specialized accreditation:

Accrediting Agency


accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org Computer Science (BS)
Information Technology (BS)
accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org Aerospace Engineering (BSAE)
Civil Engineering (BSCE)
Computer Engineering (BSCpE)
Construction Engineering (BSConE)
Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
Environmental Engineering (BSVE)
Industrial Engineering (BSIE)
Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
Photonic Science and Engineering (BSPSE)
American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry (BS)
American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA)* Psychology (PhD) – Clinical
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)* Communication Sciences and Disorders (MA)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Health Services Administration (BS)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accounting (BSBA, MSA)
Business Administration (MBA, PhD)
Business Economics (BSBA)
Economics (BS, MS)
Finance (BSBA)
Integrated Business (BSBA)
Management (BSBA, MSM)
Marketing (BSBA)
Real Estate (BSBA, MSRE)
Sport Business Management (MSBM)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Master of Athletic Training (MAT)
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) Health Informatics and Information Management (BS)
Health Care Informatics (PSM) – Professional Science Master’s
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Health Administration (MHA)
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)* Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nursing (BSN, MSN)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Counselor Education (MA, MEd)
Education (PhD) – Counselor Education
Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy (MA)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Social Work (BSW, MSW)
Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Forensic Science (BS)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Psychology (PhD) – Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology
Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)* Doctor of Medicine (MD)
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Medical Laboratory Sciences (BS)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) School Psychology (EdS)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)* Music (BA, MA)
Music Education (BME)
Music Performance (BM)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)* Theatre (BFA, MA, MFA)
Theatre Studies (BA)
National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) Kinesiology (BS) – Sport and Athletic Coaching
(formerly Sport and Exercise Science (BS) – Coaching)
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM)
Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) Urban and Regional Planning (MS)
*Accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education



Lauren Maroon
Academic Compliance Specialist

Hank Lewis
Assistant Director