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.
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|
|Art History (BA, MA)||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||2017||Fall 2017||AY22-23|
|Art History and Museum Studies (MA)||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||2017||Fall 2017||AY22-23|
|B.F.A Studio Art||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||1948||Fall 2017||AY22-23|
|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|
|M.A.T. Art Education||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||2017||Fall 2017||AY22-23|
|M.F.A. Studio Art||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||1948||Fall 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||December 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||February 2014||February 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||June 2014||December 2015|
|Studio Art Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate)||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||2017||Fall 2017||AY22-23|
|Studio Art Diploma||National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)*||2017||Fall 2017||AY22-23|
|Doctor of Veterinary Medicine||American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)||1983||March 2012||AY18-19|
|Tufts University Police Department||Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission||2005||Spring 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.