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In the United States, academic institutions and programs use accreditation to ensure that they are meeting established standards of educational quality. Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-reflection and peer review that helps institutions to identify opportunities and challenges throughout the university. 

For more information on specialized and programmatic accreditation at Purdue University, please view the Specialized Accreditation section below.

Institutional Accreditation

Purdue University has been continuously accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913 . The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the United States. HLC is an institutional accreditor, accrediting the institution as a whole. For more information, visit the HLC Website.  

The Higher Learning Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. To submit a complaint that raises issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, please contact HLC. 

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditors evaluate specific educational programs. Professional or programmatic accreditors, such as those for business, engineering, health and other technical areas, fall into this category. The list below includes programs at Purdue University with specialized or programmatic accreditation.

For more information about program review and accreditation timing visit External Program Review/Accreditation Dashboard  (Career Account Required).


Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Landscape Architecture Review Board (LAAB) Landscape Architect-BS 40601
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Sciences-BS 11001
Society of American Foresters (SAF) Forestry-BSF 30501
Board for Engineering and Technology - Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET-EAC) Agricultural Engineering-BSE 140301
Biological Engineering-BSE 144501
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Elementary Education-BA 131202
English Education-BA 131305
Social Studies Education-BA 131318
Inclusion: Dual Licensure in Special Education (Mild and Intense Intervention) and Elementary Education-BA 131099
Special Education: Mild & Intense Intervention K-6,-BA 131017
Special Education: Mild & Intense Intervention 5-12,-BA 131019
American Psychological Association (APA) Counseling Psychology-PhD 131101
National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) - National Education Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards Educational Studies-MS Ed 130101
Educational Studies-PhD 130101
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Board for Engineering and Technology - Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET-EAC) Aeronautical and Astrological Engineering-BSE 140201
Biomedical Engineering-BSE 140501
Chemical Engineering-BSE 140701
Civil Engineering-BSE 140801
Construction Engineering-BSE 143301
Computer Engineering-BSE 140901
Electrical and Computer Engineering-BSE 141001
Environmental and Ecological Engineering-BSEEE 141401
Interdisciplinary Engineering-BSE 149999
Industrial Engineering-BSE 143501
Mechanical Engineering-BSE 141901
Materials Engineering-BSE 141801
Nuclear Engineering-BSE 142301
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - (ABET) Occupational Health Sciences-BS 512202
Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ABET-ANSAC) Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences-MS 519999
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Nutrition Science-BS, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 513101
Nutrition Science-BS, Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) 513101
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences-Dr Aud 510204
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences-MS 510204
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Athletic Training-BS 131314
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) Medical Physics-MS 512205
Medical Physics-PhD 512205
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Nursing-Dr Nursing Practice 513818
Nursing-BSN 513801
Nursing-MS 513801
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Public Health-MPH 512201
Certified Financial Planning Board (CFP) Consumer Science-MS 190101
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Art History-BA 500703
Visual Arts-BFA 500702
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Design Studies-BA 500401
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) Theatre-BA 500501
Visual Perform Arts-MFA 500599
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Doctor of Pharmacy-DP 512001
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry-BS 400501
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Mathematics Teaching-BS 270101
Science Education-BS 300101
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
American Veterinary Medical Association - (AVMA) Veterinary Nursing-AAS 18301
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA) Veterinary Nursing-BSVN 18301
American Veterinary Medical Association - Council on Education (AVMA-COE) Veterinary Medicine-DVM 18001
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accounting-BS 520301
Economics-BS 450603
Entrepreneurship-Cert 520201
Management-BS 520201
Management-BSIM 151501
Specialized Accreditor Program(s) CIP
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - Computing Accreditation Commission (ABET-CAC) Computer Information Technology-BS 110103
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ABET-ETAC) Aeronautical Engineering Technology-BS 150801
Computer Graphics Technology-BS 110803
Electrical Engineering Technology-BS 150303
Industrial Engineering Technology-BS 150612
Mechanical Engineering Technology-BS 150805
Manufacturing Engineering Technology-BS 150613
American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Construction Management Technology-BS 150101
Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Organizational Leadership-BS 520213
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Professional Flight-BS 490102
Aviation Management-BS 490101
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Enginering Technology Teacher Education-BS 131309