The American University in Dubai is officially licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education–Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA). The MOE-HEA has accredited the university’s undergraduate programs in Architecture, Business Administration, Communication and Information Studies, Engineering, International Studies, Psychology, Interior Design and Visual Communication and graduate programs in Business Administration, Construction Management, Education, and Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media, in addition to Certificate programs in Middle Eastern Studies (undergraduate) and Professional Teaching (graduate).
Ministry of Education, PO Box: 45253 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Al Karama Street;
AUD is permitted by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
KHDA: Block 8, Academic City, P.O. Box 500008, Dubai, U.A.E..
AUD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (see http://www.sacscoc.org). Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call +1-404-679-4500 exclusively for matters specific to the accreditation of the American University in Dubai. Inquiries about AUD regarding topics such as admissions, tuition, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to AUD and not to SACSCOC.
Authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990.
NPEC: 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305;
The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
AACSB: 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, Florida 33602 USA,
tel: +1 813 769 6500
The American University in Dubai has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
IACBE: PO Box 3960, Olathe, Kansas 66063 USA;
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.
IAA World Service Center: 521 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1807, New York, NY 10175;
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)
ACEJMC: Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045- 7575;
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. http://www.nasad.artsaccredit.org
NASAD: 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248;
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
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 U.S. 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, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.
The American University in Dubai, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture Art and Design is in candidacy for accreditation of the following NAAB-accredited degree program: B.Arch. (166 undergraduate credits)
o Initial Candidacy Granted: 2014
o Continuation of Candidacy Granted: 2016
o Next Visit for Initial Accreditation: 2018