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Institutional Accreditation

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, and Specialist's degrees. It is a member in good standing of the Association of American Colleges and also of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

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Professional Accreditation

Biological and Physical Sciences

Both the baccalaureate degree in Biology with concentration in Veterinary Technology and the associate degree in Veterinary Technology are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Business

All baccalaureate degree programs in the College of Business are accredited by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Creative and Performing Arts

Both the baccalaureate and master's degree in Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The baccalaureate and master's degree in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The baccalaureate degree in Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The baccalaureate degree in Music Education is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Music as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Educational Leadership and Technology

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Technology, the Master's in Educational Technology Leadership, and the Master's in Educational Leadership are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Higher Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.  The Master of Arts in School Counseling is seeking its initial accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program. A final decision will be made during summer 2014.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Both the baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and the baccalaureate degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Engineering Technology

The baccalaureate degree in Industrial Engineering Technology and baccalaureate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Nursing

Both the baccalaureate and master's degree in Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The associate degree in Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Radiologic Sciences

The baccalaureate degree in Radiologic Sciences is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Social Work

The baccalaureate degree in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Teaching and Learning

All baccalaureate and master's degrees in Teaching and Learning are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

All other degree programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are not required to seek program accreditation.  These programs participate in an internal self-study to ensure academic rigor, student success, and viability.