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Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.


Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500, for questions about the accreditation of Florida Gulf Coast University. However, inquiries concerning FGCU with regard to admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed to FGCU directly and not to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Commission should be contacted only in the instance there is evidence of significant non-compliance with a SACSCOC requirement or standard.

The Office of the Provost is responsible for ensuring both the quality of the university's academic programs and enhancing student learning through continuous improvement. 

In addition, the university strives to achieve specialized accreditation for all its eligible programs. Currently, the following programs/units have earned specialized accreditation from professional accrediting agencies (non-state government agencies):

B.S. in Bioengineering

B.S.C.E. in Civil Engineering

B.S. in Software Engineering

B.S. Env.E. in Environmental Engineering


Lutgert College of Business - *AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

 (*all programs with the exception of the B.S. in Professional Golf Management, and the B.S. in Resort and Hospitality Management both separately accredited, see below)

The College of Education - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE)

Master of Public Administration - National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia - Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Anesthesiology - Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational programs

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy - Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American PhysicalTherapy Association

M.A. in Counseling (Concentrations in Mental Health and School Counseling) - Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) - Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant has granted Accreditation-Provisional status

B.S.N., M.S.N., and D.N.P. (in Nursing) - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

B.S.W. (in Social Work) - Council on Social Work Education

M.S.W. (in Social Work) - Council on Social Work Education

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science - National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

B.S. in Professional Golf Management - Professional Golf Association of America

B.S. in Athletic Training - Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

B.S. in Resort and Hospitality Management – Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)

B.A. in Music Performance, B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education) - National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

B.M.T. Music Therapy – American Music Therapy Association, 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 1000, Silver Springs, MD 20910 Phone: 301-589-3300 Fax: 301-589-5175


The B.S. Bioengineering, B.S. Civil Engineering, and B.S. Environmental engineering and B.S. in Software Engineering programs at FGCU are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,