Specialized Accreditation

Specialized (or program) accreditation agencies evaluate particular units, schools, or programs within an organization. Some are discipline-based and many are also associated with national professional associations and state licensing.

Institutional accreditation is separate from specialized accreditation, although the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) does recognize the standards set by professional bodies. The Higher Learning Commission will continue accreditation on its own Criteria for Accreditation and processes and will evaluate the entire institution, but will take into consideration actions taken or issued by any recognized institutional, specialized or professional accrediting agency. (Information from https://www.hlcommission.org/Policies/relations-with-other-accrediting-agencies.html) 

St. Thomas Specialized Accreditors
AccreditorProgramsCurrent StatusNext Review
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Undergraduate Civil Engineering BS in the School of Engineering Accredited 2019-20 2022-2023
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Computer Engineering BS; Electrical Engineering BS; Mechanical Engineering BS in the School of Engineering re-accredited in 2017 2022-2023
American Bar Association (ABA) The J.D. program in the University of St. Thomas Law School accreditation reaffirmed in 2016 2022-2023
American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry BS program in in the College of Arts & Sciences approval continued in 2020 2025
American Psychological Association (APA) Doctor of Psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology re-accredited in 2016 2023
Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; Master of Arts in Religious Education; and Master of Arts in Theology in the School of Divinity accreditation reaffirmed in 2014 2023
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International)

Degree programs in the Opus College of Business

accreditation extended in 2021 2025-2026
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Health Care MBA in the Opus College of Business re-accredited in 2016 2023-2024
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Baccalaureate of Social Work (BSW) and Master's of Social Work (MSW) programs in the School of Social Work initial accreditation  in 2020 2024
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) All music programs including: Bachelor of Music in Music Education; Bachelor of Music in Performance; BA in Music (Liturgical Music) membership is renewed in 2017  2027