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Naval Postgraduate School Accreditation Information

NPS is required to maintain accreditation by Title 10.  NPS’ accreditation policy is to seek and maintain accreditation for the university as a whole, and for all units and/or programs for which separate accreditations are available.  NPS is accredited and in good standing with all of the following:

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Regional Accreditation


WSCUC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission—a regional collaboration of higher education four-year and graduate institutions. Approximately every ten years, institutions undergo a review or reaffirmation of accreditation. Reaffirmation of accreditation is a multi-year, self-study process that formally engages the campus in institution-wide reflection on educational capacity and effectiveness. It is a rigorous examination of how institutional resources, structures, and processes are aligned with educational outcomes. Overseeing the process is the NPS WASC Steering Committee which is assisted by individuals and subcommittees from across campus.

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Programmatic Accreditation


NASPAA - Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs  and Administration - NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is the specialized accrediting body for master’s degree programs in public affairs, administration, and policy, and is recognized as a global accreditor by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Only NASPAA member programs are eligible to participate in the accreditation process. The review combines a rigorous self-study with peer review.

AACSB - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.  AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - A not-for-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates, by providing specialized accreditation for post-secondary programs within degree-granting institutions already recognized by national or regional institutional accreditation agencies or national education authorities worldwide.  ABET accreditation is voluntary; approximately 3,600 programs at over 700 colleges and universities in 29 countries have received ABET accreditation.

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Status of Accreditation

  • WSCUC – Accredits NPS University-wide

    • Re-accreditation in 2010/2011 for 10 years

    • Interim Report approved 2014

    • Next re-accreditation in 2020 

  • AACSB – Accredits all NPS business degree programs

    • Re-accreditation in 2015 for 5 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2019-2020

  • NASPAA – Accredits specific public administration, public management degree programs

    • Two NPS degree programs (MBA, MSM) re-accredited 2015 for 7 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2021

  • ABET – Accredits specific engineering degree programs

    • Five NPS degree programs (MSME, MSEE, MSAE, MSSE, MSSE-DL) re-accredited 2014 for 6 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2020