Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 3000
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2190

A stamp in red ink on a white background that says "Approved"

Accreditation

Because institutions should be evaluating the past and present to plan for the future, accreditation is an activity of great importance for Oakland University. This evaluation and planning for our future ensures viability, quality, and currency of Oakland University’s programs.

Annual Report HLC Self-Study

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

University Accreditation
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462
View information on lodging a complaint with HLC.

Accreditation - 1966 to present
  • Last comprehensive evaluation, 2-4-2019
  • Next comprehensive evaluation, 2-28-2029
  • Degree programs: B, M, S, D (Bachelor, Master, Specialization, Doctorate)
College of Arts and Sciences

NASM, NAST, and NASD National Offices

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21

Reston, Virginia 20190-5248

(703) 437-0700

Music

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); last visit (2012), next visit (2022-2023). Oakland University has been approved for a one-year postponement of the accreditation review due to Covid; next visit (Fall of 2024).

  • Music, B.A.
  • Instrumental Performance, B.M.
  • Music Education and Performance, Choral and General Music, B.M.
  • Music Education and Performance, Instrumental and General Music, B.M.
  • Music Education, Choral and General Music, B.M.
  • Music Education, Instrumental and General Music, B.M.
  • Music Technology, B.M.
  • Piano Performance, B.M.
  • Piano Performance, B.M. Specialization in Pedagogy
  • Piano Pedagogy, B.M.
  • Voice Performance, B.M.

Master's

  • Master of Music in Conducting
  • Master of Music in Instrumental Performance
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Master of Music in Pedagogy
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance
  • Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy
  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance
  • Master of Music in World Percussion Performance

Doctoral

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education

Theatre

National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST); last visit (2007), next visit (Winter of 2022).

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology

Dance

Oakland University's next site visit by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) was deferred due to the OU Varner Hall renovation; next site visit is in (Fall of 2024).

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance

Chemistry

The Chemistry Program's last site visit by the American Chemical Society (ACS) was in (2016). The site visit was postponed due to Covid but the review was conducted.

Public Administration

The Masters in Public Administration was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA); last visit (2015); next visit (2022). The Bachelor's of Science program is not an accredited program.

Social Work

The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); last visit (2014); next visit (2023).

All other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences noted below are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Art and Art History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Communications, Journalism and Public Relations
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science (Pre-Law)
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Social Work
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Writing and Rhetoric
School of Business Administration
  • Undergraduate Business Programs, accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); last visit (2018), next visit (Fall of 2023).
  • Economics Programs (BS in Economics and BS in Business Economics), accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); last visit (2018), next visit (Fall of 2023).
  • Accounting Programs, accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); last visit (2018), next visit (Fall of 2023).
School of Education and Human Services

Counseling 

The following programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through (October 31, 2026).

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)
  • School Counselor (MA)
  • Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD of Education Counseling)

The School Counselor Master's Program, School Counselor NT Program and Endorsement Program Approvals for School Counselors were approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on (November 17, 2020). 

Education 

The School of Education and Human Services received a seven-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on (November 20, 2020); next visit to is (Fall of 2027).

Human Development and Child Studies

The following four programs earned Endorsement Program Approvals from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

  • Early Childhood Education (General and Special Education); approved (December 12, 2018)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); approved (August 1, 2019)
  • Emotional Impairment; approved (September 30, 2019)
  • Specific Learning Disability; approved (October 24, 2014)

The Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) verified Oakland University's course sequence as meeting the 5th Edition, 225-hour coursework requirement for students taking the Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) examination in (Fall of 2020).

In a collaborative effort, Human Development and Child Studies and Teacher Development Educational Studies have MDE approval for a Master's of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Education with Special Education Experimental Programs, beginning (Fall of 2021).

Organizational Leadership

The following three programs earned Endorsement Program Approvals from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in (2007).

  • School Principal/Educational Leadership (M.Ed)
  • Principal K-12/Education Specialist (Ed.S)
  • Central Office Administrator

The Teacher Leadership Master's in Education Program earned Designation Program Approval from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in (2019). 

Reading and Language Arts

The following programs earned Endorsement Program Approvals from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and a seven-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on (November 20, 2020). Next approval date is (Fall of 2027). 

  • Language Arts
  • Reading Specialist 
  • Teaching Reading 

Teacher Development and Educational Studies

Initial Certification

  • Undergraduate Elementary Education
  • Undergraduate Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education 
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education 

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) - Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Score Report

Elementary Education and Secondary Education

  • 2021 EPI Score Report, Status 87.6 Satisfactory
  • 2020 EPI Score Report, Status 89.0 Satisfactory
  • 2019 EPI Score Report (No score - evaluation system under revision by Michigan Department of Education)
  • 2018 EPI Score Report, Status 90.0 Satisfactory
  • 2017 EPI Score Report, Status: 88.0 Satisfactory
  • 2016 EPI Score Report, Status 87.8 Satisfactory

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) - Initial Certification Endorsement Program Approvals

  • Art (K-12), Biology (Secondary), Chemistry (Secondary), Early Childhood (Elementary), Economics (Secondary), English (Secondary), English as a Second Language K-12, History (Secondary), Integrated Science, Language Arts (Elementary), Mathematics, Modern Languages (Secondary, K-12), Music (K-12), Physics (Secondary), Political Science (Secondary), Social Studies

All teaching endorsements offered are currently approved and will remain valid until changes in the State standards in any discipline necessitate a new review for the corresponding endorsement program.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Bioengineering

The Bioengineering Program completed a self-study, which was submitted to the American Board of Engineering (ABET) on (July 1, 2021) and was followed by an accreditation site visit.

Computer Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in both Computer Science and Information Technology Programs were accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of American Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); last visit (2017), next visit (2023).

The following four programs were reviewed for accreditation renewal by the American Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in November 2020; accredited in (Summer 2021), next visit (2026).

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
School of Health Sciences

Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Diagnostic Sciences with specialization in Radiologic Technology, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); last visit (2016), next visit (2024).

Human Movement Science

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); last visit (2020), next visit (2031).

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with Dietetics specialization completed accreditation site visit by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) on (October 11-12, 2021). Results of the visit are pending.

Public & Environmental Wellness

  • Master of Public Health Program was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) through (December 2023); last visit (2016), next site visit will take place between (September-December 2023), preliminary self-study between (April-July 2023).
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Safety, accredited by the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC); last visit (2017), next visit (July 2023).
  • Master of Science in Safety Management, accredited by the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC); last visit, next visit (July 2023).

Oakland University's Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention Programs are no longer accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI); last visit (2009), no future visits. The Occupational Safety and Health Undergraduate Program was discontinued in (2016).

School of Nursing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); last visit (2017), next visit (2022).

  • BSN and MSN programs: CCNE accredited (2012-2022)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): CCNE accredited (2017-2027)
  • The Post Master's Certificate for the Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner tracks: CCNE accredited (2017-2027).

The baccalaureate degree program in Nursing, master's degree program in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Oakland University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Oakland University-Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for (March of 2022). For more information visit http://coacrna.org or contact COA directly at 847-655-1160 or at 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois, 60068-4001.

MICHIGAN STATE BOARD OF NURSING – pre-licensure (Baccalaureate) programs also require approval by the State Board of Nursing. Oakland University received approval in (2015), which is good until our next CCNE visit in (Spring of 2022).

William Beaumont School of Medicine

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).