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Welcome to the Accreditation Portal for the Naval Postgraduate School!

This is where you will be able to engage with all aspects of NPS' accreditation:  institutional (WSCUC); or specialized (ABET, AACSB, NASPAA).

It is my pleasure to share with you the WSCUC Commission Action Letter and the Visiting Team TPR Report for the campus’ 2020 reaffirmation of institutional accreditation.

The Naval Postgraduate School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  NPS has been accredited by WSCUC since 1955.  The 2020 reaffirmation of accreditation, which WSCUC completed with the Commission’s action letter, was one of the first to utilize the new Thematic Pathway Review, which is a streamlined process that focuses the self-study on specific themes instead of a more comprehensive review of the standards.  It culminated in a virtual accreditation visit in Fall 2020, followed by the Commission panel in Spring 2021.  NPS was granted reaccreditation for ten (10) years, the maximum possible.

This web page serves as NPS' accreditation portal and is the public face of our accreditation efforts. In these pages you will find not only historical documents from previous reaffirmations, but also the living documents of our current efforts.  In these pages you will find a great deal more about WSCUC and the Special Visit scheduled for Spring 2024, but also more about our programmatic accreditors, particularly as we approach each of the reviews noted on the right.  

I invite you to take some time to become familiar with the site and to learn more about the excellent work at NPS that is reflected in the WSCUC reaffirmation process and in all our accreditation processes.

Kind Regards

NPS Accreditation Liaison Officer

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Status of Accreditation

  • WSCUC – Accredits NPS University-wide

    • Re-accredited in 2020 for 10 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2030 

  • AACSB – Accredits all Dept of Defense Management degree programs

    • Re-accredited in 2020 for 5 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2025

  • NASPAA – Accredits specific public administration, public management degree programs

    • Two NPS degree programs (MBA, MSM) re-accredited 2015 for 7 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2023

  • ABET – Accredits specific engineering degree programs

    • Five NPS degree programs (MSME, MSEE, MSAE, MSSE, MSSE-DL) re-accredited 2020 for 6 years

    • Next re-accreditation in 2026