Celebrating Quality Education

Over the past decade, through a sustained, campus-wide commitment, our university has doubled our six-year graduation rate for undergraduate students, from 26% in 2011 to 52% in Fall 2020. In 2017, we were awarded the prestigious APLU Degree Completion Award for this accomplishment.


Wayne State University is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting agency, through the Open Pathway process. As part of that process, Wayne State completed a comprehensive evaluation in 2017 and an assurance review in 2021:

The Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
telephone: 800-621-7440

In addition, many specific programs and curricula are accredited individually by specialized or professional accrediting agencies.  A report is produced annually for the Board of Governors which designates the accrediting agencies of the University's programs; the report is available from the Office of the Provost. The principal accreditation agencies are as follows:

Mike Ilitch School of Business

BS and BA, MBA, MS in Accounting, Finance, or Global Supply Chain, and PhD: Accreditation Council of AACSB International  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)


Art Therapy Program: American Art Therapy Association and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Counseling (graduate only): Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.): American Psychological Association

School Psychology, M.A. and Graduate Certificate: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Applied Behavior Analysis: Association of Behavior Analysis International

Teacher Education Programs: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

M.S. in Athletic Training: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

MEd in Learning Design and Technology: Association for Educational Communications and Technology (ACET)


Division of Engineering (undergraduate): B.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering: Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET, Inc.) Engineering Accreditation Commission

Division of Engineering Technology (undergraduate): B.S. degrees in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology: Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET, Inc.)Technology Accreditation Commission

Computer Science (undergraduate): B.S. degree in Computer Science: Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET, Inc.) Computing Accreditation Commission

Fine, Performing And Communication Arts

Communication (B.A. in Public Relations): The Public Relations Society of America, Inc. (PRSA)

Dance: National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)

Music: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Information Sciences

ML.I.S.: American Library Association (ALA)


American Bar Association (ABA) and Association of American Law Schools (AALS) (Joint Committee)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

B.S. in Chemistry: American Chemical Society (ACS)

B.S. in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Communication Sciences and Disorders (Doctor of Audiology and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology): American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Nutrition and Food Science (Coordinated Program in Dietetics): Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Political Science (Master of Public Administration): Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

Psychology (Clinical Training Program): American Psychological Association (APA)

Urban Planning (Master of Urban Planning): Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)


Continuing Medical Education: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Doctor of Medicine Degree Program (M.D.): Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), representing the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Genetic Counseling (Master of Science in Genetic Counseling): Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling

Graduate Medical Education Programs, Affiliated Hospitals' Resident Physician Programs: Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Master of Public Health: Council on Education for Public Health

Medical Physics/Radiation Oncology: Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, Inc.


Nursing (Baccalaureate programs, M.S.N., and D.N.P.): Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Nurse-Midwifery Program: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Mortuary Science: American Board of Funeral Service Education, Inc. (ABFSE)

Nurse Anesthesia: Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

Occupational Therapy: American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Pathologists' Assistant Program: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy): American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE)

Physical Therapy: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), American Physical Therapy Association

Physician Assistant Program: Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)

Radiation Therapy Technology (undergraduate): Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Radiologic Technology (undergraduate): Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)