Accreditations and Memberships

Valdosta State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of VSU.

Numerous academic programs have also attained accreditation from national professional organizations.

College of the Arts

Valdosta State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Also in the College of the Arts, programs in music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The public relations emphasis within the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in speech communication has been awarded Certification in Education for Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America. The art and music education programs are accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

College of Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program has been approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. Students who complete the approved program are eligible to have their degree certified by the American Chemical Society.

The Foreign Language Education track in Modern and Classical Languages holds accreditation from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

The Marriage and Family Therapy masters program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Training and Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Both the undergraduate applied and clinical sociology programs and the graduate applied sociology program are accredited by the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology.

The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration

Programs within the Harley Langdale Jr. Langdale College of Business Administration are accredited by AACSB International, the highest business school accreditation level in the world. This accreditation places our undergraduate and graduate (MBA and Web MBA) programs in the top five percent internationally.

James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has accredited the Dewar College of Education as the unit primarily responsible for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. All of the programs housed within the college, as well as the art, music and foreign language education programs, are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Nine programs in the unit have received national recognition by their specialized professional associations. These include the BSEd in Early Childhood Education (Association for Childhood Education International); the Med in Deaf Education (Council for Exceptional Children); the MEd in Reading Education (International Reading Association); the MEd in Instructional Technology (Association for Educational Communications and Technology and American Library Association/ American Association of School Librarians); the EdS in Instructional Technology (Association for Educational Communications and Technology); the MEd in Special Education General Curriculum/ECE (Association for Childhood Education International and Council for Exceptional Children); the EdS in School Psychology (National Association of School Psychologists); the BS in Spanish Education and French Education (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Additionally, three programs have achieved national accreditation from their aligned professional associations: the BS in Athletic Training (Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs); the MEd in Communication Disorders (Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association); and the MEd in School Counseling (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).

College of Nursing

Both the bachelor’s degree (BSN) and the master’s degree (MSN) programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Master of Library and Information Science

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is accredited by the American Library Association. MLIS program is the only ALA-accredited program in Georgia.

Division of Social Work

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.