Accreditation

ABET is a non-profit and non-governmental accrediting agency for academic programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET is a recognized accreditor in the United States (U.S.) by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. ABET accredits postsecondary programs housed in degree-granting institutions which have been recognized by national or regional institutional accreditation agencies or national education authorities worldwide.

In the U.S., there are two types of academic accreditation: (1) institutional and (2) specialized or programmatic.

  • Institutional accreditation is provided by regional and national accreditors and evaluates overall institutional quality, but does not focus on a given academic program.
  • Specialized or programmatic accreditation evaluates an individual program of study, rather than an institution as a whole. This type of accreditation is granted to a specific program at a variety of degree levels (associate's, bachelor's, and master's).

Of these two types of accreditation, ABET provides only specialized accreditation for programs; ABET does not accredit degrees, departments, colleges, institutions, or individuals.

ABET undertakes specialized accreditation for programs at various levels through its four accreditation commissions:

  • Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC), which accredits an applied science program at the associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree level.
  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC), which accredits a computing program at the bachelor's degree level only.
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), which accredits an engineering program at the bachelor's or master's degree level.
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), which accredits an engineering technology program at the associate's or bachelor's degree levels.

To date, ABET has accredited over 3,300 applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs at more than 680 colleges and universities in 24 countries worldwide.  Find an ABET-accredited program with our Accredited Program Search.

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Why Accreditation Matters

Accreditation is an assurance that the professionals that serve us have a solid educational foundation and are capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

New To Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process where educational programs or institutions are reviewed to determine if they meet certain standards of quality.  Accreditation is not a ranking system but an assurance that a program or institution meets established quality standards.

Accreditation: Step-by-Step

This detailed explanation takes you through the entire accreditation process from beginning to end.

Accreditation Outside of the U.S.

The ABET accreditation process for programs located outside of the United States (U.S.) is identical to the accreditation process for programs within the U.S. However, there are a few additional requirements associated with the request for evaluation.

Licensure, Registration & Certification

ABET encourages graduates of ABET-accredited programs who work in the applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology fields to strive for professional recognition by enhancing their individual credentials through licensure, registration, and certification programs.

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Accredited Programs at HBCUs

Howard University was the first historically black college or university to have ABET-accredited programs. ABET's predecessor, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development, accredited three engineering programs there in 1937.