The American University in Dubai is officially licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE). The MOE has accredited the university’s undergraduate programs in Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Communication and Information Studies, Engineering, International Studies, Psychology, Interior Design and Visual Communication and graduate programs in Business Administration, Construction Management, Education, Intellectual Property and Innovation Management, International Affairs, Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media, and Urban Design and Digital Environments in addition to a Certificate program in Middle Eastern Studies (undergraduate).
AUD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Baccalaureate and Master’s degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of AUD may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 USA, by calling +1 (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
The university’s undergraduate majors in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications and Advertising have been accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) in New York.
The Bachelor of Communication and Information Studies (B.C.I.S.) program, with majors in Digital Production and Storytelling and Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
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The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has granted AUD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), with majors in Advertising, Digital Media, Graphic Design and Studio Art; and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design the designation of Substantial Equivalency with accredited programs in the United States.
NAAB is the only organization authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States.
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with US regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The American University in Dubai offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: BArch (166 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit: 2029