Accreditation

Tufts University has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) since 1929 and its accreditation by NEASC encompasses the entire institution. NEASC establishes and maintains high standards of educational excellence through self-evaluation and peer review. Institutions demonstrating they meet these standards are accredited and thus members of NEASC. The CIHE, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, is one of seven accrediting commissions that provide accreditation regionally.


Tufts University’s most recent NEASC on-site comprehensive evaluation took place in March, 2013. In September, 2013 the commission issued a decision that Tufts University be continued in accreditation. The next comprehensive evaluation will take place in Spring, 2023.

  • Tufts’ 2013 self-study is available here.
  • The NEASC letter to President Monaco is available to download by clicking this link.

The Fifth-Year Interim Report to NEASC  (from the previous accreditation cycle) was accepted in 2008.


Some programs and degrees at Tufts have been accredited by additional specialist agencies. A list of these programs can be found below.

Program Agency Accredited Since Last Reviewed Next Review
B.S. Chemical Engineering Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 1952 Fall 2011 AY17-18
B.S. Civil Engineering ABET 1936 Fall 2011 AY17-18
B.S. Computer Engineering ABET 1982 Fall 2011 AY17-18
B.S. Electrical Engineering ABET 1936 Fall 2011 AY17-18
B.S. Environmental Engineering ABET 1995 Fall 2011 AY17-18
B.S. Mechanical Engineering ABET 1936 Fall 2011 AY17-18
B.S. Computer Science/Engineering ABET – Computing Accreditation Commission 2004 Fall 2011 AY17-18
M.A. and Ed.S. in School Psychology National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1992 Fall 2010 Fall 2017
B.S. Early Childhood Licensure Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education* 1994 Spring 2003 AY16-17
M.A.T. Art Education (grades PreK-8 and 5-12) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 Spring 2003 AY16-17
M.A. in German with Teacher Licensure Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 Spring 2003 AY16-17
M.A.T. Early Childhood Education Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 Spring 2003 AY16-17
M.A.T. Elementary STEM Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2003 Spring 2003 AY16-17
M.A.T. Middle and High School Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 Spring 2003 AY16-17
BFA, MFA (offered with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation 2004 Fall 2004 AY13-14
Professional Entry Level Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 1938 August 2005 AY14-15
M.A. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Planning and Accreditation Board (PAB) 2004 2011 2018
Dental Education Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) 1945 2008 2015
Medical Education Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 1942 2006 February 2014
Master of Public Health Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) 1992 2009 2016
Physician Assistant Program (Master of Medical Science) Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) 2012 Spring 2012 June 2014
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 1983 March 2012 AY18-19
Tufts University Police Department Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission 2005 September 2011 See TUPD website

*Prior to 1994, teacher education programs were “registered” by the Commonwealth. In 1994, the Massachusetts Department of Education initiated a program review process and approval for Teacher Education programs.