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 its accreditation was reaffirmed in June 2009 following extensive self-studies and site visits by MSCHE reviewers. AUB submitted a Periodic Review Report to MSCHE in June 2014 and in November 2014, MSCHE reaffirmed AUB’s accreditation. 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.
Five 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) at 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)
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.
Contact information for AUB accreditors:
MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Tel. 267-284-5000
CEPH, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910-5622
CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Tel. 202-463-6930
AACSB, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602, Tel. 813-769-6500
ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Ste. 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Tel. 410-347-7700
Other important contact information:
Office of College and University Evaluation, New York State Education Department, 5 N. Mazzanine, Albany, NY 12234, Tel. 518-474-2593
Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Equivalence Committee, Habib Abi-Chahla Square, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon, Tel. 961-1-789611