Accreditation for Psychology Degrees

Generally speaking, you want to make sure you enter into a psychology program that is accredited. That said, there are a number of different forms of accreditation: national accreditation, regional accreditation (both general at the university level), and program specific accreditation. So, which is best? Simply put, it depends. Below is an overview of the different types of accreditation you should be on the lookout for. Rest assured, we have verified that ALL of the psychology programs and universities listed throughout PsychologyDegrees.org are accredited.

Regional Accrediting Boards

These organizations are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Psychology Graduate Program Accreditation

A number of organizations accredit individual psychology graduate programs. Here are some of the most reputable:

  • The American Psychological Association ("APA"), operating through its Commission on Accreditation
  • The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards ("ASPPB")

Doctorate Level Psychology Specific Accrediting Boards

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs ("CACREP")
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education ("CORE")
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education ("COAMFTE")
  • Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council ("MPAC")
  • National Association of School Psychologists ("NASP")

Generally speaking, you want to make sure you enter into a psychology program that is accredited. That said, there are a number of different forms of accreditation: national accreditation, regional accreditation (both general at the university level), and program specific accreditation. So, which is best? Simply put, it depends. Below is an overview of the different types of accreditation you should be on the lookout for. Rest assured, we have verified that ALL of the psychology programs and universities listed throughout PsychologyDegrees.org are accredited.

Regional Accrediting Boards

These organizations are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Psychology Graduate Program Accreditation

A number of organizations accredit individual psychology graduate programs. Here are some of the most reputable:

  • The American Psychological Association ("APA"), operating through its Commission on Accreditation
  • The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards ("ASPPB")

Doctorate Level Psychology Specific Accrediting Boards

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs ("CACREP")
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education ("CORE")
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education ("COAMFTE")
  • Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council ("MPAC")
  • National Association of School Psychologists ("NASP")