University Accreditation


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida. 

Please note the commission’s expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university’s SACSCOC liaison in UCF’s Office of Academic Affairs.

For the purposes of this catalog, "accredited institutions" means those institutions accredited by one of the seven U.S. regional associations. The seven regional associations are:

  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Graduate Admission Requirement

In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from an institution accredited by one of the above accrediting agencies or from a recognized foreign institution. Students without a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution (or equivalent) are not admitted to graduate degree programs, graduate certificate programs, or graduate nondegree status.

Recognized Institution

A "recognized institution" in a country outside of the United States is an institution that is recognized by that nation's Ministry of Education or similar authority, as a post-secondary, academic-degree-granting institution.

Other Accreditations

In addition to the regional accreditation agencies, there are a number of scientific, professional, and academic bodies conferring accreditation in specific disciplines. Several UCF graduate programs are accredited or are similarly recognized by one or more of the following agencies: 

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Accreditation Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)