American University of Beirut

Accreditation and Reaccreditation ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Accreditation and Approval

​​​​The Office of the Provost serves as a liaison between the university and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), coordinating and facilitating the respective processes for registering degree programs and maintaining institutional accreditation.

​​​Institutional Accreditation

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is an accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801, +1 267 284 5011. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). 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. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 2009, 2014, and 2019. The American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo (AUB Mediterraneo) in Pafos, Cyprus, is approved by MSCHE as a branch campus. The university’s full and updated Statement of Accreditation Status is maintained on the MSCHE website .

The AUB Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) serves as the primary point of contact between MSCHE staff and the institution, and as a resource for the institution on MSCHE policies, processes, procedures, guidelines, and reporting responsibilities.​​

State Authorization

AUB operates under a charter granted by NYSED 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 (MEHE).

Substantive Change

Accreditation or reaccreditation actions by MSCHE apply to conditions existing at the institution at the time of the commission's review. As such, the university must seek approval from the commission regarding potential substantive changes intended to occur subsequent to an accreditation or reaccreditation decision. Such changes include, but are not limited to, the establishment of a new additional location or branch campus, the introduction of courses or programs not related to existing offerings, the initiation or expansion of distance education, contractual agreements, and changes in mission. The commission is obligated to determine the effect such changes may have on the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of the university. Per federal regulations, universities are required to seek prior approval of a plan for a substantive change in order to fall under the scope of the institution's accreditation. Failure to do so puts an institution's accreditation and federal financial aid eligibility at risk. 

The Office of the Provost is responsible for establishing and enforcing policies regarding new academic programs or substantive changes to existing programs offered at AUB. MSCHE ALO, NYSED, and MEHE liaisons work closely with department chairs and program coordinators on proposals for new or substantially modified academic programs to be submitted to MSCHE and NYSED for review and approval prior to offering.​

Information for Current or Prospective Students

Current or prospective students may obtain or review copies of the documents describing the accreditation, approval, and/or licensing of the university and its programs by contacting Ms. Boushra Rahal Alameh​​, Director of Institutional Accreditation and Quality Assurance​.

Program Accreditation

Six of AUB’s faculties/schools have earned accreditation from professional accrediting agencies, as listed below. In many cases, AUB’s faculties/schools are the first or the only ones of their kind outside of the United States to have programs accredited by US agencies: 

  • ​Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Facuty of Health Sciences
  • Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
    The Rafic Hariri School of Nursing became the first nursing school outside American territories to have its baccalaureate and master's programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, +1 202 887 6791 in 2007. (The programs were reaccredited in 2012.) The BSN and MSN programs were reaccredited again for 10 years on March 7, 2022. The 10-year period ends on December 31, 2032.
  • Suliman S.Olayan School of Business: 
    The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business​ (OSB) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). It was the first business school in Lebanon to earn this accreditation in 2009, subsequently reaffirmed in 2014 and 2019. OSB offers a portfolio of AACSB accredited programs that include the following: Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Online Master’s in Business Administration (OMBA), Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA), Master's in Finance (MFIN), Master’s in Human Resource Management (MHRM), and Master's in Business Analytics (MSBA). In September 2022, the programs offered at the American University of Beirut - Mediterraneo (Bachelor’s in Business Administration –Management (BBA) and Master's in Business Analytics (MSBA)) were included among the accredited programs. 
    • Contact Person:
       Ms. Abir Sinno, Strategic Initiative Manager (​​)​

Contact Information for AUB Accrediting Agencies​

  • AACSB, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602, +1 813 769 6500
  • ABET, 415 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201, +1 410 347 7700
  • ACCET, 1722 N St NW, Washington DC, 20036, +1 202 955 1113
  • ACEND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, +1 312 899 0040 – Ext 5400
  • ACGME-I, 401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611, +1 312 755 7042
  • ​ASLA,The American Society of Landscape Architects 636 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20001-3736, +1 202 898 2444, +1 888 999 2752 (Toll Free) 
  • CCNE, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, +1 202 887 6791
  • CEPH, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910-5622
  • MSCHE​, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801, +1 267 284 5011​

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