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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 this accreditation encompasses the entire institution. As of August 1, 2018, the CIHE at NEASC became an independent corporation called the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE establishes and maintains high standards of educational excellence through self-evaluation and peer review; institutions demonstrating they meet these standards are accredited. NECHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Tufts University’s most recent 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. The most recent fifth-year interim report was submitted in January 2018 and was accepted by the CIHE of NEASC in May 2018.

  • The 2018 fifth-year interim report is available here.
    • The response by NEASC to the 2018 fifth-year interim report is available here.
  • Tufts’ 2013 self-study is available here.
    • The response by NEASC to the 2013 self-study is available here.

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
ACS Certified Chemistry BS American Chemical Society 1940 2016 2020
Art History (BA, MA) National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 2017 2017 AY22-23
Art History and Museum Studies (MA) National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 2017 2017 AY22-23
B.F.A Studio Art National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 1948 2017 AY22-23
B.S. Biomedical Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Civil Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Computer Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Electrical Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Environmental Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Mechanical Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
B.S. Computer Science Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org
M.A. and Ed.S. in School Psychology National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1992 2017 2024
B.S. Early Childhood Licensure Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education** 1994 2017 2023
M.A.T. Art Education (grades PreK-8 and 5-12) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 2017 2023
M.A. in German with Teacher Licensure Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 2017 2023
M.A.T. Early Childhood Education Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 2017 2023
M.A.T. Elementary STEM Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2003 2017 2023
M.A.T. Middle and High School Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 1994 2017 2023
M.A.T. Art Education National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 2017 2017 AY22-23
M.F.A. Studio Art National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 1948 2017 AY22-23
Professional Entry Level Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 1938 2014 2021
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 2015 2022
Medical Education Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 1942 2014 2022
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 2014 2015
Studio Art Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate) National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 2017 2017 AY22-23
Studio Art Diploma National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)* 2017 2017 AY22-23
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 1983 2012 AY18-19
Tufts University Police Department Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission 2005 2014 2017

*The 2017 NASAD Letter and Commission Action Report can be found here.

**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.