UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

University Accreditation

CSU Northridge is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education and Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

On March 8, 2012, WSCUC (formerly WASC) awarded CSUN a full 10 years of reaccreditation. Information specific to CSU Northridge’s reaccreditation can be found at the CSU Northridge WASC Accreditation website. WSCUC can be reached at:

WASC Senior College and University Commission
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:

Applied Behavior Analysis. M.S. program by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

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 Professional Accountancy (M.P.Acc.) 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.

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 the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) education standards apply, as well.

Computer Engineering. B.S. program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Computer Science. B.S. program by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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 (CTC).

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 (CTC).

Electrical Engineering. B.S. program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Engineering Management. B.S. program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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).

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

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

Manufacturing Systems Engineering. B.S. program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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.

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 (CTC).

School Psychology. M.S. program by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) 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 (CTC).

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