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Accreditation


What is the accreditation status of South Carolina State University?

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


SC State has been accredited since 1941 and has received reaffirmation each of the successive ten-year periods, with the latest in 2010. The next decennial reaffirmation is scheduled for 2020.


Other Accreditations

In addition to regional accreditation by SACSCOC, specific academic programs and support areas are also accredited by their corresponding national professional accrediting associations.


  • The Business programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • The Child Development Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (https://www.naeyc.org/).
  • The Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET to award bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science. Contact the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET at http://www.abet.org for questions about the accreditation of Computer Science Program at South Carolina State University.
  • The Counseling and Self-Development Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), the accreditation association for university and college counseling centers.
  • The Counselor Education program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • The Family and Consumer Sciences programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (https://www.aafcs.org/credentialing-center/accreditation/accredited-units).
  • South Carolina State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to award bachelor’s degrees in Music Education, K-12 and a Bachelors of Music Degree with an Emphasis in Music Industry. Contact the NASM at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190-5248 or call 703-437-0700 for questions about the accreditation of South Carolina State University.
  • The Nuclear Engineering program at SC State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), www.abet.org.
  • The Nutrition and Food program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend).
  • The Rehabilitation Counseling program at South Carolina State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • The Social Work program at South Carolina State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • The Speech Pathology and Audiology program at South Carolina State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850.
  • The Studio Art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, (NASAD).
  • The Teacher Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).