UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

University Accreditation

CSU Northridge is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education and Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

On March 8, 2012, WASC awarded CSUN a full 10 years reaccreditation. Information specific to CSU Northridge’s reaccreditation can be found at the CSU Northridge WASC Accreditation website. Information about WASC can be found at www.wascweb.org. WASC can be reached at:

WASC–Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Email: wascsr@wascsenior.org
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797 

For the State of California, CSU Northridge is accredited by the State Board of Education.

In 1966, the CSUN Student Health Center became the first college health service in the United States to be accredited by the American College Health Association. The Klotz Student Health Center received its most recent outstanding three-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care in Spring 2016.

Program Accreditation

Professional degree programs, accredited by national societies and associations, are as follows:

Art. B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. programs, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

Athletic Training. B.S. program, by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 

Biochemistry. B.S. program, by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Business Programs. Undergraduate: B.S. in Accountancy, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Finance, B.S. in Information Systems, B.S. in Management and B.S. in Marketing; Graduate: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.) and Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.) are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

Career Counseling. M.S. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE.

Chemistry. B.S. program, by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Civil Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

College Counseling and Student Services. M.S. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE.

Communicative Disorders. M.S. program in Speech Language Pathology, by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA of the ASHA). The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE, and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) education standards apply, as well.

Computer Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Computer Science. B.S. program, by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Construction Management. B.S. program, by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Special Education: Option). M.A. program, by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (Family and Consumer Sciences). Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

Dietetic Internship (Family and Consumer Sciences). Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

Education. Credential and graduate programs, by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE. Teacher Certification Program, by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. M.A. program, by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE. Preliminary and Advanced Administrative Services Credential Certification by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Electrical Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Environmental and Occupational Health. B.S. and M.S. programs, by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). California Department of Public Health standards must also be met.

Family and Consumer Sciences. B.S. program, by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). 

Health Administration. B.S. program, by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Journalism. B.A. program, by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). 

Interior Design. (Family and Consumer Sciences: Option). B.S. program, by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). 

Manufacturing Systems Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Marriage and Family Therapy. M.F.T. program, by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE. 

Master of Social Work. MSW program, by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

Mechanical Engineering. B.S. program, by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

Music. B.A., B.M., M.A. and M.M. programs, by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). 

Nursing. B.S. program, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Must meet Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) standards, as well.

Physical Therapy. D.P.T. program, by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

Public Health. B.S. program in Public Health and M.P.H. programs in Community Health Education and Applied Epidemiology, by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

Radiologic Sciences. B.S. program, by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and by the California Department of Health, Radiologic Health Branch. 

Recreation and Tourism Management. B.S. program, by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

School Counseling. M.S. program, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE. Pupil Personnel Services in School Counseling Certification Program, by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

School Psychology. M.S. program, by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly NCATE. Pupil Personnel Services in School Psychology Certification Program, by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Theatre. B.A. and M.A. programs, by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).