American University of Beirut

Accreditation and Reaccreditation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​American University of Beirut Accreditation​

The Office of the Provost serves as a liaison between the university and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), coordinating and facilitating the respective processes for registering degree programs and maintaining institutional accreditation.

Accreditation is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of a university, faculty, or program, confirming that it is worthy of public confidence. Accreditation affirms that AUB as an institution, as well as specific programs, meet or exceed international standards.

On June 27, 2019, the commission reaffirmed the u​niversity’s accreditation. 

On August 25, 2022, the commission approved the American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo​ as the university first branch campus in Pafos, Cyprus.

On February 15 and 16, 2024, AUB Mediterraneo will host the Commission Representative and Peer Evaluator Billy Khokhar​, who is head of student support-STEM at the Open University to meet with students, faculty, administrators, and trustee(s) at AUB Mediterraneo, and to tour the campus, facilities, and dormitory.​

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AUB’s Educational Charter and Degree Registration

​The American University of Beirut  operates under a charter granted by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) ​ in 1863, which registers the university’s degree programs. AUB degrees are also recognized by the Lebanese government through the equivalence committees of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.​

Institutional Accreditation

American University of Beirut is an accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org​, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801, 267-284-5011​. The university was first accredited in June 2004, and this accreditation was reaffirmed in 2009, 2014, and 2019. ​ 

AUB Mediterraneo is approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) as branch campus of the American University of Beirut pending site visit and submission of the written approvals of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Higher Education (CYQAA) which recognizes its degree programs.​

American University of Beirut’s full and updated Statement of Accreditation Status​​​ is maintained on MSCHE’s website​​.​



Accreditation of Programs and Schools

Six faculties/schools have earned accreditation from relevant accrediting bodies for their programs. In many cases, these are the first or the only ones of their kind outside of the United States to have programs accredited by U.S. ​agencies.
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