Accreditation at the American University of Beirut
The American University of Beirut (AUB) operates under a charter granted by the Education Department of the State of New York in 1863, which registers the University’s degree programs. AUB degrees are also recognized by the Lebanese government through the equivalence committees of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The American University of Beirut (AUB) is accredited as an institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Tel. 267-284-5000). MSCHE accreditation is an expression of confidence in AUB's mission, goals, resources and performance based upon periodic internal and external assessment. The University was first accredited in June 2004 and this accreditation was reaffirmed in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014. AUB’s institutional accreditation status has been reaffirmed by MSCHE with the acceptance of the University’s Monitoring Report, submitted on April 1, 2016. The University’s next re-accreditation process will take place during 2018-19. AUB’s full and updated Statement of Accreditation Status is maintained on MSCHE’s website.
Accreditation is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of a university, faculty, or program, confirming that it is worthy of public confidence. Accreditation affirms that AUB as an institution, as well as specific programs, meet or exceed international standards.
If you have questions or comments, or wish to request a hard copy of documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing, please contact the Office of the Provost.
Six of AUB’s faculties and schools have earned accreditation of specific programs from relevant accrediting bodies. In many cases, AUB’s faculties are the first or only of their kind outside of the United States to have programs accredited by a US institution:
The Faculty of Health Sciences' Graduate Public Health Program became the first such program to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) outside of North America. (Accreditation 2006, Reaffirmed 2012)
The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It was the first business school in Lebanon to earn this accreditation. (Accreditation 2009, Reaffirmed 2014)
The Rafic Hariri School of Nursing became the first nursing school beyond American territories to have BSN and MSN programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (Accreditation 2007, Reaffirmed 2012)
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture’s undergraduate BE Civil Engineering, BE Computer and Communications Engineering, BE in Electrical and Computer Engineering, BE Mechanical Engineering are accredited by ABET Inc. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). (Accreditation 2010)
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP) has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ accrediting agency of nutrition education programs. (Accreditation 2013)
The Faculty of Medicine’s residency programs in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and General Surgery are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education – International (ACGME-I). (Accreditation 2015)
Other important contact information:Office of College and University Evaluation, New York State Education Department, 5 N. Mazzanine, Albany, NY 12234, Tel. 518-474-2593Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Equivalence Committee, Habib Abi-Chahla Square, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon, Tel. 961-1-789611