Winthrop University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and specialist degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Winthrop University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404/679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( 

Link for 2012 Reaffirmation LetterPDF File (PDF - 21.2 KB)
Link for 2017 Fifth Year Report LetterPDF File (PDF - 245KB)


Winthrop's academic programs are measured by national standards of quality. The documents of accreditation reside in the Department of Institutional Effectiveness. The following is a listing of the specialized organizations that Winthrop University is affiliated with:

  • AACSB - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  • ACEJMC - Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • ACEND - Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • ACS - American Chemical Society
  • ASBMB - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • AUPHA - Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • CAAHEP - Commision on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • CAATE - Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • CAC/ABET - Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • CACREP - Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • CAEP - Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • CFP - Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
  • CIDA - Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • COSMA - Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (formerly SMPRC)
  • CSWE - Council on Social Work Education
  • NAEYC - National Association of the Education of Young Children
  • NASAD - National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • NASD - National Association of Schools of Dance
  • NASM - National Association of Schools of Music
  • NASP - National Association of School Psychologists
  • NAST - National Association of Schools of Theatre 
  • NCFR - National Council on Family Relations

Other Links

Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors

ASPA provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community of U.S. agencies that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. ASPA represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA also advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.