Accreditation | LSU Graduate School


Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. 

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SACSCOC accreditation requires institutions to comply with more than 70 standards in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. SACSCOC accreditation is necessary for LSU, because it:

  • allows students to graduate from "an accredited institution";
  • permits students to receive federal funding for their education;
  • enables faculty to seek and receive support through federal grants and contracts; and
  • assures all other disciplinary accrediting organizations of an appropriate level of learning.

For accreditation purposes, LSU is a Level VI, Track B institution. Level VI institutions are accredited to award doctoral degrees in four or more academic or professional disciplines. Track B institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees or graduate degrees only.

Since 1913, LSU has continuously maintained its SACSCOC accreditation, which was most recently reaffirmed in 2014. The university's most recent SACSCOC review occurred in March 2020 with the submission of the SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report, and its next reaffirmation of accreditation is in 2024. 

Graduate Degree Programs with Specialized Accreditation

* USDOE-recognized agencies (as of January 2020)

In addition to the university's regional accreditation via the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation, some degree programs are accredited by their own discipline-specific accrediting bodies, which are listed by college/school below.

College of Art & Design

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Architecture Master of Architecture National Architectural Accrediting Board
Art MFA Studio Art
MA Art History
National Association of Schools of Art & Design*
Landscape Architecture Master of Landscape Architecture Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board

E. J. Ourso College of Business

College of Engineering

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Construction Management MS Construction Management American Council for Construction Education
Interdisciplinary MS Digital Media Arts & Engineering National Association of Schools of Art & Design*

College of Human Sciences & Education

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Education MEd School Counseling
MEd Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
Education MEd Curriculum & Instruction
MEd Educational Leadership
MAT Elementary Education 1-5
MEd Gifted Education
MAT Secondary Ed
MEd Special Ed
PhD Curriculum & Instruction
PhD Educational Leadership & Research
Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
Kinesiology MS Athletic Training Education Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training & Education
Kinesiology MS Kinesiology
PhD Kinesiology
Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
Library & Information Science MLIS Library & Information Science American Library Association
Social Work MSW Council on Social Work Education

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Communication Sciences & Disorders MA Communication Disorders Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology*
Psychology PhD Psychology (Clinical)
PhD Psychology (School)
American Psychological Association*

Manship School of Mass Communication

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Mass Communication Masters Mass Communication
PhD Mass Communication & Public Affairs
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications

College of Music & Dramatic Arts

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Music MM
PhD Music 
National Association of Schools of Music*
Theatre MFA
PhD Theatre
National Association of Schools of Theatre*

College of Science

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Physics & Astronomy MS Medical Physics & Health Physics Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs

School of Veterinary Medicine

Department Degree Program Accrediting Agency
Veterinary Medicine DVM American Veterinary Medical Association*