Specialized Accreditation

In addition to the university's regional accreditation via the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the degree programs listed in the table below have specialized accreditation. For any updates or changes to the information listed in the table, please contact Stephenie Franks, Assistant Director.

Institutional Information Guide for Self-Study Reports

As part of its institutional responsibility, LSU represents itself accurately to all U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recognized agencies with which it holds accreditation. Moreover, LSU and its programs provide to each accrediting agency consistent descriptions regarding the university's purpose, governance, programs, degrees, diplomas, certificates, personnel, finances, and constituents. To ensure this consistency, programs seeking specialized accreditation should refer to the Institutional information contained in the Institutional Information Guide for Self-Study Reports when developing their self-study materials.

Final Administrative Review/Approval Process

Degree programs seeking reaccreditation must adhere to the following review/approval process prior to the submission of their self-study report (and other accreditation materials) to their discipline-specific accrediting body:

  1. Programs must submit their self-study report and related materials, including contact information, to the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). Submission materials must have prior departmental and college approval. Please allow at least two weeks for review.
  2. Following the review, the program should incorporate suggested revisions and, if needed, meet with OAA staff to address any remaining concerns.
  3. Upon OAA approval, OAA will forward the materials to the Office of the President to facilitate final review/approval. Please allow one week for review.
  4. Programs will be notified when the review/approval process is complete (e.g., electronic routing or availability of signed documents).

For any questions or additional information regarding this process, please contact OAA.

Changes in Accreditation Status

The Office of Academic Affairs should be notified immediately regarding any changes in accreditation status. The university’s Accreditation Liaison shall be responsible for informing SACSCOC of any pending or final actions by a USDOE-recognized accrediting agency to suspend, revoke, withdraw, or terminate a program’s accreditation and to impose probation or an equivalent status.

Degree Programs with Specialized Accreditation

College Department/Unit Degree Program Accrediting Agency Last Review Next Review
Agriculture Nutrition & Food Sciences Didactic Program in Dietetics in BS Nutrition & Food Science  ACEND* 2019 2026
Renewable Natural Resources BS Natural Resource Ecology & Management  SAF 2017 2026 
Art & Design Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture 
Master of Architecture 
NAAB 2013 2021 
Art BFA Studio Art; MFA Studio Art;  MA Art History NASAD* 2012 2021 
Interior Design Bachelor of Interior Design CIDA 2014 2020 
Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture 
LAAB 2017 2023 
Business Accounting BS, MS, PhD Accounting AACSB 2016 2021 
Business Administration MBA AACSB 2016 2021 
Business Interdepartmental BS General Business AACSB 2016 2021 
Business Interdepartmental PhD Business Administration (Finance, ISDS, Management, Marketing) AACSB 2016 2021 
Economics BS, MS Economics AACSB 2016 2021 
Finance BS, MS Finance; BS International Trade and Finance. AACSB 2016 2021 
Entrepreneurship & Information Systems BS Information Systems & Decision Sciences; BS Entrepreneurship; MS Analytics AACSB 2016 2021 


BS Management AACSB 2016 2021 
Marketing  BS Marketing  AACSB 2016 2021 
Public Administration MPA NASPAA 2018 2024
Engineering Biological & Agricultural Engineering  BS Biological Engineering ABET 2016 2022 
Chemical Engineering  BS Chemical Engineering ABET 2018 2022
Civil & Environmental Engineering BS Civil Engineering; BS Environmental Engineering ABET 2016 2022
Computer Science BS Computer Engineering ABET 2018 2022
Construction Management BS Construction Management  ACCE 2017 2023
MS Construction Management ACCE 2017 2023
Electrical & Computer Engineering BS Electrical Engineering ABET 2016 2022 
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering BS Industrial Engineering; BS in Mechanical Engineering ABET 2016 2022 
Petroleum Engineering BS Petroleum Engineering ABET 2016 2022 
Human Sciences & Education Education MEd School Counseling; MEd Clinical Mental Health Counseling CACREP 2017 2025 
BS Early Childhood Education PK-3; BS Elementary Education Grades; 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 CAEP 2013 2020 
Kinesiology BS Kinesiology--Health & Physical Education Teacher Certification CAEP 2013 2020
MS Athletic Training Education CAATE 2019 2029
BS Sport Administration; MS, PhD Kinesiology COSMA  2017 2024 
Library & Information Science MLIS Library & Information Science ALA 2019 2022 
Social Work MSW  CSWE 2013 2021 
Humanities & Social Sciences Communication Sciences & Disorders MA Communication Disorders CAA* 2014 2021 
Psychology PhD Psychology (Clinical) APA* 2018 2028
PhD Psychology (School) APA* 2017 2023
Law   Law JD, JDCL, LLM ABA* 2017  2027
Mass Communication Mass Communication BA, Masters Mass Communication; PhD Mass Communication & Public Affairs ACEJMC 2016 2022
Music & Dramatic Arts Music BA, BM, MM, DMA, PhD Music; BME Music Education NASM* 2012 2021 
Theatre BA, MFA, PhD Theatre NAST* 2016 2024 
Science Chemistry BS Chemistry  ACS 2015 2020
Physics & Astronomy MS Medical Physics and Health Physics CAMPEP  2016 2021
Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine DVM AVMA* 2013 2020

*USDOE-recognized agencies (as of January 2020)

Related Policies

SACSCOC Policy Statement "Accrediting Decisions of Other Agencies"

SACSCOC Policy Statement "Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure"

SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation--14.4 "Representation to Other Agencies"


Stephenie Franks
Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness

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