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Accreditation in higher education is a process of external review (through peer evaluation), that allows for quality
assurance of colleges, universities and educational programs. Through the process of accreditation, schools and
programs are better able to develop standards and channels for self-examination.
Georgetown University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency
recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Middle
States region includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Accreditation is essential, as it instills confidence in the University’s mission, goals, performance and resources
through the enforcement of its rigorous standards. Accreditation is a requirement for the University’s access to
federal financial aid dollars and is a marker of prestige of the University. Additionally, the self-study process
involved in accreditation is an opportunity for in-depth analysis of the University’s strengths and areas for
improvement. Student, faculty and staff input is vital to this process.
Specialized and Professional Accreditation
In addition to the University’s overall accreditation, each of Georgetown’s schools and certain programs are
accredited by specialized accreditors.
The Georgetown University Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the
Association of American Law Schools.
McDonough School of Business
The McDonough School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
(AACSB). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools
that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business. Only 620 schools of business, or less than 5%
worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain
accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which must
demonstrate its commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of
resources, interactions with faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and
achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
School of Medicine
The Georgetown University School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the
M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
School of Nursing & Health Studies
The Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies is accredited by the following agencies:
The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) for the basic certificate and graduate nurse-
midwifery education programs for registered nurses. The ACME has been recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education as a programmatic accrediting agency for nurse-midwifery education programs since 1982.
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) for the graduate programs in
health services administration. CAHME serves the public good through promoting, evaluating, and improving the
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