Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental peer review process by the higher education community that aims to assure academic quality and accountability and to encourage improvement.  Accrediting agencies are private, non-governmental organizations created for the specific purpose of reviewing higher education institutions and programs for quality.

Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees.  The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is administratively responsible for matters pertaining to the University’s SACSCOC accreditation, including coordination of the reaffirmation process.  For further information, please see the SACSCOC Accreditation page.

In addition, a number of degree programs in specialized fields or disciplines have accrediting bodies.  For further information, please see the Specialized Accreditation page.