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

Below is a list of current professional accreditation for various programs, schools, and departments.



UNC-Pembroke was granted an associate membership in the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in 2012. It is one of only nine NASAD-accredited institutions in North Carolina.

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The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 2013. AACSB accreditation differentiates business and accounting programs from those at other institutions in terms of quality, rigor, and relevance. Only five percent of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB international. This accreditation requires the business faculty demonstrate that they (1) meet rigorous professional and academic standards; (2) deliver a strong business curriculum that is informed by both theoretical and practical knowledge; and (3) continually assess the effectiveness of student learning.

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The Educator Preparation Program at UNCP is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction. During spring 2023, the UNC Pembroke School of Education will undergo accreditation under a Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s approved organization. 

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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling Programs have earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) in 2013. CACREP accreditation indicates that the graduate counseling programs meet the quality and rigor of professionally approved standards. In addition, the Counseling Programs were one of three programs nationwide to earn the National Board of Certified Counselors Professional Identity Award in 2013.

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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program earned accreditation for an additional five years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2015. The program has three specializations: nurse educator, clinical nurse leader and rural care management.

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The Masters of Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program prepares students for professional social work practice within the advanced generalist (MSW) model and to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens in North Carolina.

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